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

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THE banquet for the king and queen of Sweden was supposed to get under way at nine-thirty, but no one seriously thought the event would start on time. Before coming to eat, the couple was attending a concert at Carnegie Hall. The slowness with which the entourage progressed through the New York streets made it unlikely that they would manage to follow any schedule very closely.

Every chair at every table that could be squeezed into the Grand Ballroom had been spoken for—six hundred of them—and there were an additional three hundred people being seated in the nearby Terrace Room. To make them feel more a part of the event, closed-circuit television cameras had been set up in the ballroom. During the dinner, they would be snapped on and played ...

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