Thief Steals Plaque from Famed Waldorf Astoria Clock As Hotel Closes for Renovations

By Paul Riegler on 10 March 2017
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The Waldorf Astoria hotel’s three-year renovation project started a day earlier than planned, much to the chagrin of the hotel’s managers and owners.

One day prior to the planned closing date, an unknown person removed the dedication plaque from the hotel’s famed World’s Fair Clock in its storied lobby.

The New York Police Department reported that the theft occurred on February 28 at 1:10 a.m. A man “removed the dedication plaque for the Waldorf Astoria Clock in the location’s lobby,” fleeing the scene by taxi in the company of two women.

The World’s Fair Clock, built in 1891 and acquired by the hotel in 1931, was designed to commemorate Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World. The prominently situated clock also served as a meeting point for hundreds of thousands of people since its installation.

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