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

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THE first thing you saw after entering Café Eloise was a bulletin board listing the latest union news or highlighting a recent newspaper article that mentioned the Plaza. Then there was the expanse of tables and the careful search for a familiar face to sit with.

While I had the time, I went to grab some lunch at the employee cafeteria, down in the hotel’s basement, where leftovers could be gotten at a fraction of the food’s cost in one of the upstairs dining rooms. Before Café Eloise was built, there used to be a different cafeteria for the employees, which was referred to as the Nurses’ Hall because the private nurses and maids for the wealthy people who stayed at the Plaza usually ate down there. But there was no more need for anything like ...

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