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

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ON the Fifty-eighth Street side of the hotel, just before the entrance to the Oyster Bar, was Shapero’s. It was undoubtedly the busiest of the Plaza shops. There was no pharmacy in the hotel—there hadn’t been one in many years—but Shapero’s, with its full supply of over-the-counter drugs, functioned in that capacity as well as it could. It was also the place where guests went for their morning paper or cigarettes. When I first stopped in there, my attention was engaged by the wide assortment of gifts: perfumes, stuffed animals, metal race cars, luggage, football mugs, postcards, even some Russian collector boxes that cost up to $500 apiece. I was also impressed by the wide selection of foreign newspapers. Each week, I was told, the store sold ...

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