The price of luxury, the history of NYC’s Plaza hotel – New York Daily News

Keeping The Plaza going, barely, were “The Thirty-Nine Widows.” Extravagantly rich older women, they were permanent residents, so at least their checks were steady. Years later, when rent control arrived, the ladies weren’t such a bargain. In 1954, nearly 40 years after she had moved in, one woman was still in her suite. And who wouldn’t be, with views of Central Park and a rent of $200 a month?