Images of Grandeur

Brief, revealing account of individuals, groups and stories revealing a how the Waldorf Astoria, Host To The World, trully changed the lives of many and became an institution.

The Explorers Club

• The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its...

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians rang in the New Year with Auld Lang Syne in the Starlight Roof, broadcast on CBS Radio every year from 1954 until 1976, just prior to his death...

Lena Horne

• In 1957 the sultry torch singer Lena Horne recorded her performance in the Empire Room, a supper club at the time. It is still considered to be...

Frank Sinatra

Sinatra agreed to perform in The Wedgewood Room in December 1946 but he insisted on the type of band that was supporting him on the air. Whereas the hotel had planned on...

Alfred E. Smith Foundation Dinner

• Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner takes place each year at The Waldorf Astoria on the 3rd Thursday of October. • The dinner takes place in October as...

Daryl Sherman

• For 14 years, some of the most welcoming sounds in Midtown Manhattan were the voice and piano of Daryl Sherman, heard as you entered the Waldorf-Astoria. •...

Waldorf Firsts

Waldorf Astoria New York Hospitality Firsts The Waldorf opened as New York’s (and arguably the world’s) grandest, most luxurious and most modern hotel with private bathrooms for most...

Ella Fitzgerald

• Ella Fitzgerald recorded almost 150 albums in total. Some were recorded live at jazz festivals in the U.S. or Europe. Estimates of her total sales range upwards from 25,000,000. •...

Oscar Tschirky

• 1866 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland – November 6, 1950 in New Paltz, New York • Oscar left New York’s restaurant Delmonico’s to join the staff of The Waldorf...

The Viennese Opera Ball

• The Viennese Opera Ball in New York has been in existence since 1955 held under the auspices of the U.S.-Austrian Chamber of Commerce. • The earliest Viennese Opera...

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