Photo by myself of the Plaza Hotel, on 59th Street and Fifth Avenue.
This entire building used to be a hotel. In 2007, some of the upper floors were converted into condominium units, which would enjoy the hotel amenities. Ownership was changed and all of the Plaza fixtures were sold off. Many wound up on ebay.
According to Wikipedia, one of the Plaza apartments sold for $53 million (yes, you heard me) in May, 2007. The apartments are actually not ideal - the ceiling heights are low, because the building added central air conditioning after being built.
Of course, images like the one above are a little silly now.
It's a stressful time, and I don't want to give the wrong idea that New Yorkers are whistling and skipping merrily. Not at all. But then I don't want to post negative news, so I feel a bit torn.
I see a lot of people shopping, but most are probably tourists. Most New Yorkers are feeling very anxious. They eat and drink on Fridays and the weekend, but most are staying in, the rest of the week.
More friends were laid off this week. The mood is not so great. Fortunately our community is small and we're all looking out for each other.
Anyhow, I'm looking forward to a weekend of pure relaxation. Mark and I don't have anything definite planned...just some intense hanging out with the cat and dog, and perhaps some loafing around on the sofa!
I truly hope everyone out there is doing all right. Happy weekend!
Related posts: Queuing Up at Grand Central Terminal, Lower Fifth Avenue and TGIF.