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The Hotel: A Week in the Life of the Plaza by Sonny Kleinfield

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THE front desk, an L-shaped affair with a pale marble top, seemed cramped, with not much space behind it. As I watched, the attendants kept excusing one another as they bumped their way from one side to the other. Hips took a beating. A queue was beginning to form—some early arrivals checking in, but mostly people checking out. A business-suited man was finishing his three-day stay. A young woman had been here for a single night. A family of four was winding up their weekend. The two children, in a sportive spirit, were engaged in a wrestling match on the lobby carpet. The boy ended the skirmish when he pulled a plastic pistol on his sister and she grudgingly surrendered. A middle-aged couple arrived, confessing that they would be having face-lifts ...

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