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

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THE prostitutes always amazed me. They could usually be spotted right away, but they were never bashful about marching right into the lobby. The old pros who had worked the hotel for years had the sense to stay on the streets until they had solicited a guest so they could come in accompanied. That was the simplest way to avoid annoying run-ins with the security men.

There were at least a dozen prostitutes who operated along the Avenue of the Americas near the Plaza; often once it got dark out there would be a couple of them planted on each corner of Fifty-eighth Street. For street prostitutes, they were a fairly classy group, and even bothered to dress in cocktail dresses and high heels, since they tended to do most of their work in one of ...

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