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Hotel Astor (New York)
Hotel
Hotel
Astor was a hotel located in the Times Square
Times Square
area of Manhattan, New York City, in operation from 1904 through 1967. The former site of the hotel, the block bounded by Broadway, Astor Plaza, West 44th Street, and West 45th Street, is now occupied by the high-rise 54-story office tower One Astor Plaza.Contents1 Construction 2 Amenities 3 Social history 4 Later years 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksConstruction[edit] With its elaborately decorated public rooms and its roof garden, the Astor Hotel
Hotel
was perceived as the successor to the Astor family's Waldorf-Astoria on 34th Street. William C. Muschenheim and his brother, Frederick A. Muschenheim conceived plans for the grand hotel in 1900. The area was then known as Longacre Square
Longacre Square
and stood beyond the fringe of metropolitan life, the center of New York's carriage-building trade
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Automat
An automat is a fast food restaurant where simple foods and drink are served by vending machines. The world's first automat was named Quisisana, which opened in Berlin, Germany in 1895.Contents1 By country1.1 Germany 1.2 Japan 1.3 Netherlands 1.4 Spain 1.5 United States1.5.1 Concept 1.5.2 Decline2 Rail transport 3 See also 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External linksBy country[edit] Germany[edit]This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (June 2017)The first automat in the world was the Quisisana
Quisisana
automat, which opened in 1895 in Berlin, Germany.[3]An automat in Berlin, Germany (1954)Japan[edit] In Japan, in addition to regular vending machines which sell prepared food, many restaurants also use food ticket machines (食券機, shokkenki), where one purchases a meal ticket from a vending machine, then presents the ticket to a server, who then prepares and serves the meal
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Audrey Munson
Audrey Marie Munson (June 8, 1891 – February 20, 1996) was an American artist's model and film actress, considered "America's First Supermodel,"[1] and variously known as "Miss Manhattan", the "Panama–Pacific Girl", the "Exposition Girl" and "American Venus". She was the model or inspiration for more than 12 statues in New York City and was the first American movie star to appear fully nude in film, in Inspiration (1915), appearing in four silent films.[2]Contents1 Life and career 2 Sculpture 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External linksLife and career[edit]Long after she and everyone else of this generation shall have become dust, Audrey Munson, who posed for three-fifths of all the statuary of the Panama–Pacific exposition, will live in the bronzes and canvasses of the art centers of the world. — New Oxford Item, April 1, 1915[3]Audrey Marie Munson was born in Rochester, New York, on June 8, 1891.[4] Her father was from Mexico, New York, and she later lived there
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Caryatid
A caryatid (/kæriˈætɪd/ kair-ee-AT-id; Greek: Καρυάτις, plural: Καρυάτιδες) is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head
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Neoclassical Architecture
Neoclassical architecture
Neoclassical architecture
is an architectural style produced by the neoclassical movement that began in the mid-18th century. In its purest form, it is a style principally derived from the architecture of classical antiquity, the Vitruvian principles, and the work of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio.[1] In form, neoclassical architecture emphasizes the wall rather than chiaroscuro and maintains separate identities to each of its parts. The style is manifested both in its details as a reaction against the Rococo
Rococo
style of naturalistic ornament, and in its architectural formulae as an outgrowth of some classicising features of the Late Baroque
Baroque
architectural tradition
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Prohibition
Prohibition
Prohibition
is the illegality of the manufacturing, storage in barrels or bottles, transportation, sale, possession, and consumption of alcohol including alcoholic beverages, or a period of time during which such illegality was enforced
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Stanford White
Stanford White
Stanford White
(November 9, 1853 – June 25, 1906) was an American architect and partner in the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the frontrunner among Beaux-Arts firms. He designed many houses for the rich as well as numerous public, institutional, and religious buildings. His design principles embodied the "American Renaissance". In 1906, White was murdered by millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw
Harry Kendall Thaw
over White's relationship with Thaw's wife, actress Evelyn Nesbit
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Madison Square Garden (1890)
Madison Square
Madison Square
Garden was an indoor arena in New York City, the second by that name, and the second to be located at 26th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Opened in 1890 at the cost of about $500,000, it replaced the first Madison Square
Madison Square
Garden, and hosted numerous events, including boxing matches, orchestral performances, light operas and romantic comedies, the annual French Ball, both the Barnum and the Ringling circuses, and the 1924 Democratic National Convention, which nominated John W. Davis
John W. Davis
after 103 ballots
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Oscar Hammerstein I
Oscar Hammerstein I
Oscar Hammerstein I
(8 May 1846 – 1 August 1919) was a German-born businessman, theater impresario, and composer in New York City. His passion for opera led him to open several opera houses, and he rekindled opera's popularity in America
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Takeo Shiota
Takeo Shiota
Takeo Shiota
(July 13, 1881 - December 3, 1943) was a Japanese-American landscape architect, best known for his design of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.Contents1 Biography 2 Work 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] Shiota was born about 40 miles (60 km) outside of Tokyo on July 13, 1881. He came to the United States at the age of 26. In addition to his landscape work, he was also the author of The miniature Japanese landscape: a short description in 1915. In the 1920s he formed a partnership with Thomas S. Rockrise (born Iwahiko Tsumanuma, 1878 - 1936) and conducted business from 366 Fifth Avenue.[1] Work[edit] The design of the Shiota's Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, dates from 1914. It stands as the prototype for a popular genre, the first Japanese garden
Japanese garden
to be created in an American public garden
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William De Leftwich Dodge
William de Leftwich Dodge
William de Leftwich Dodge
(1867–1935) was an American artist best known for his murals, which were commissioned for both public and private buildings.Contents1 Early life and education 2 Marriage and family 3 Artistic career 4 Murals 5 Gallery 6 References 7 External linksEarly life and education[edit] Dodge was born at Liberty, Virginia in the Piedmont near Lynchburg. In 1879, his mother, Mary de Leftwich Dodge, an aspiring artist, moved her family to Europe. After living initially in Munich
Munich
they moved to Paris, where she worked on art. Dodge later followed her example and became an artist. He spent most of his childhood years in France, where his mother was working on art. He studied at the École des Beaux Arts and took first place in the examinations in 1881
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Isidore Konti
Isidore Konti
Isidore Konti
(July 9, 1862 – January 11, 1938) was a Vienna-born (of Hungarian parents) sculptor. He began formal art studies at the age of 16 when he entered the Imperial Academy in Vienna, where he studied under Edmund von Hellmer.[1] In 1886, he won a scholarship that allowed him to study in Rome
Rome
for two years. While there he developed a love of Renaissance art that was to affect the nature of his mature sculpture
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Elihu Root
Elihu Root
Elihu Root
(/ˈɛlɪhjuː ˈruːt/; February 15, 1845 – February 7, 1937) was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the Secretary of State under President Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
and as Secretary of War
Secretary of War
under Roosevelt and President William McKinley. He moved frequently between high-level appointed government positions in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
and private-sector legal practice in New York City. For that reason, he is sometimes considered to be the prototype of the 20th century political "wise man," advising presidents on a range of foreign and domestic issues. He was elected by the state legislature as a U.S. Senator from New York
U.S. Senator from New York
and served one term, 1909–1915
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Hudson-Fulton Celebration
The Hudson–Fulton Celebration
Hudson–Fulton Celebration
from September 25 to October 9, 1909 in New York and New Jersey was an elaborate commemoration of the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River
Hudson River
and the 100th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s first successful commercial application of the paddle steamer.[1] The maritime achievements of Hudson and Fulton foreshadowed the importance of the river to New York’s progress and identity
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Popular Culture
Popular culture or pop culture is generally recognized as a set of practices, beliefs, and objects that are dominant or ubiquitous in a society at a given point in time. Popular culture also encompasses the activities and feelings produced as a result of interaction with these dominant objects. Heavily influenced by mass media, this collection of ideas permeates the everyday lives of the society
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Double Entendre
A double entendre (/ˌdʌbəl ɒnˈtɒndrə/; French: [dubl ɑ̃.tɑ̃dʁ(ə)]) is a figure of speech or a particular way of wording that is devised to be understood in two ways, having a double meaning. Typically one of the meanings is obvious, given the context whereas the other may require more thought. The innuendo may convey a message that would be socially awkward, sexually suggestive, or offensive to state directly (the Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary
describes a double entendre as being used to "convey an indelicate meaning", whilst Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines it as "a word or phrase that may be understood in two different ways, one of which is often sexual").[1] A double entendre may exploit puns to convey the second meaning. Double entendres generally rely on multiple meanings of words, or different interpretations of the same primary meaning
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