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

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“YOU really see a lot of messy clothes down here,” said Leonard Labonia. Then he noticed a crescent-shaped gravy spot on his own shirt. He gave a cramped smile. “And I wasn’t even including myself.”

The laundry room, wedged deep into the far reaches of the sub-basement, was always hot and noisy. Its well-worn washing machines suggested years of laundering soiled linen and clothing. It was a vast place, cut up into several adjoining chambers. It was stiflingly hot—it must have been 120 degrees Fahrenheit—and somewhat dark. To get to it, you had to walk through what seemed to be miles of dark, labyrinthine passages that had the feel of the lower decks of an oil tanker. There was the heat and the crowded space and the odor of food and the humming ...

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