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Waldorf Astoria, New York
This legendary hotel—occupying an entire city block of Manhattan, bounded by Park and Lexington avenues and 49th and 50th streets—is actually the Waldorf’s second home. Its first, opened in 1893 at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street, closed in 1929. The current Waldorf opened on October 1, 1931, as the tallest and largest hotel in the world at the time. Among its notable Art Deco features are Nina Saemundsson’s Spirit of Achievement statue above the main entrance on Park Avenue—a nickel-and-bronze female figure meant to symbolize human ambition, achievement, progress and innovation—and The Wheel of Life mosaic in the center of the floor of the Park Avenue foyer by Louis Rigal, a French artist who participated in the 1925 Paris exposition from which Art Deco derived its name. Rooms start at $259; 301 Park Ave.; 212-355-3000; waldorfnewyork.com.