Getting Bored is Not Allowed
at the Plaza Hotel
, at least not according to its famous fictional resident, the exhausting, spoiled and infectiously ebullient Eloise
. Sadly, though, today's news
is anything but boring: the Plaza's new owners announced plans to close the iconic hotel for 18 months, and renovate it to create private condos -- throwing hundreds of employees out of work.
It's been said that nothing unimportant ever happens at the Plaza: from its 1907 opening
to Truman Capote's 1966 Black and White Ball
, the Plaza has hosted literati, glitterati, rock stars, and royalty. It has graced the screen in movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany's
and The Great Gatsby
, making Hollywood history when it became the first fully on-location film shoot for North by Northwest
. Ernest Hemingway told F. Scott Fitzgerald to give his liver to Princeton and his heart to the Plaza; Dorothy Parker
got her pink slip from Vanity Fair there. Residents, at various times, included Frank Lloyd Wright, Cary Grant, and Judy Garland. Every President since Taft has stepped through its giant engraved revolving doors. Chef Boyardee
of canned-spaghetti fame got his start in its kitchens. No New York tourist's
rounds are complete without a bloody mary and some bluepoints at the Oyster Bar, a martini in the Oak Room
bar, or tea in the Palm Court
, and its French-chateau facade is a Central Park centerpiece
An employees' group
and a supporting 'Friends of the Plaza'
group have begun working to save the gracious place, with the goal of preserving not only the building and their jobs, but the very idea of the quintessential New York luxury hotel. Almost enough to make folks want the Donald back.
posted by Miko
on Mar 14, 2005 -
Welcome aboard the SS United States.
Her maiden voyage was July 7, 1952, where she set a trans-Atlantic record
which still stands.
Her passenger list
included such luminaries as Marlon Brando, Salvador Dali and Harry Truman. Several sites
document the effort to save her from being sold for scrap or sunk.
Far from her former glory, she now
lies at anchor in the Delaware River in Philadelphia, a sad
counterpart to her
posted by fixedgear
on Jan 14, 2005 -
Help is needed
to save the Imprimerie Nationale, one of the greatest repositories of typographic material in the world. (If you have ever used a Garamond revival, or a Didot or a Fournier, you are indebted to the Imprimerie.) Their collection, which spans four centuries, is scheduled to be dissolved in the next twelve months.
quoted from Jonathan Hoefler's email that posted by
benson to the typophile forums
posted by sixtwenty3dc
on Oct 21, 2004 -
"Home of the Underdogs
is a non-profit site dedicated to the preservation and promotion of underrated PC games (and a few non-PC games) of all ages: good games
that deserve a second chance after dismal sales or critical reviews that we feel are unwarranted."
posted by Hildago
on Apr 4, 2004 -
Yin Yu Tang
is a late Qing dynasty merchants' home that was transported from its original site in southeastern China and rebuilt at the Peabody Essex Museum It offers a glimpse into the daily life of the Huang family, residents for more than two centuries. The story of the dismantling, transport and reassembly is a fine example of an international preservation project. (flash alert)
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 10, 2003 -
Save Thousands Of Years And Preserve Graffiti Now: Bijan Omrani
playfully argues for the preservation of contemporary graffiti in Oxford's august Bodleian Library. Perhaps they're the modern equivalent of the Lascaux cave
paintings. "Kilroy was here" notwithstanding, witty graffiti
can be found on walls all around the world. Shouldn't some sort of repository be created to safeguard this undeniably pure - and unfairly overlooked - form of popular expression? I'm sorry to say I couldn't find one
single good written graffiti site on the Web. Does anyone know of one - or at least have a memorable graffito to share with the rest of us?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 4, 2002 -
Save the papers?
Nicholson Baker, in his new book Double Fold
, tries to convince libraries and anyone else who will listen that we need to keep original newspapers to preserve the historical record. He's even started the nonprofit American Newspaper Repository so that libraries would sell their old papers to him.
posted by amyscoop
on Apr 23, 2001 -
Animals thought extinct found in remote Cambodian jungle:
British scientists have found a wilderness in the Cardamom region of Cambodia where exotic species, some though to be
extinct, have been found. These include the Siamese
crocodile, the wolf snake (a new species so named because of
its dog-like fangs), large populations of tigers and Asian
elephants, and the gower, a forest cow. Ironically, the habitat was protected from significant human
intrusion because it was a longtime Khmer Rouge stronghold
and also because routes lead to and from it are landmined.
posted by jhiggy
on Oct 5, 2000 -