|Abundance in the Pulitzer Fountain—via wikipedia|
In Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw recited this famous line as she stood outside of The Plaza Hotel in an emotional scene with Mr. Big, just after a party celebrating his engagement to Natasha. Carrie didn’t attend but had drinks with the girls instead, wondering why Big didn’t choose her.
Big spotted Carrie on her way home as he was about to step into the car with his future wife. He walked over toward her, in front of the Pulitzer fountain, with the hotel in the background. She questioned Big, and mechanically made the Hubbell statement.
“I don’t get it,” a puzzled Big replied.
Carrie responded before walking away in her white silk dress and blond mane flowing in the breeze, “And you never did.”
The Plaza was the backdrop for other iconic moments including the final scene with Barbra Streisand as Katie and Robert Redford as Hubbell in The Way We Were. In the classic, Streisand originally said the line, “Your Girl is Lovely, Hubbell.”
|Streisand and Redford in The Way We Were–credit|
The 1981 movie Arthur, starring Dudley Moore in the title role, featured the drunken millionaire imbibing in the Plaza’s Oak Bar (now closed).
The Beatles stayed at the Plaza where they also held their press conference during their first visit to the United States in on February 10,1964, also the official beginning of Beatlemania.
The Plaza was a backdrop for scenes in other television shows and films including Eloise, Funny Girl, North By Northwest, Sleepless in Seattle, and Scent of a Woman, among others.
The Plaza is a landmark hotel located at the intersection of West 59th Street (Central Park South) and Fifth Avenue at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan. When the hotel opened for business in 1907, rooms started at just $2.50 per night, but today the rate for same room is about $700 per night. Built for $12.5 million, currently the Plaza boasts 282 hotel rooms and 152 private condos starting at approximately $1.5 million.