Much has been written about the Plaza in recent weeks: Several people who purchased condos in the newly-renovated landmark have since sued the Plaza's owner, El-Ad, over various imperfections and unmet promises. Then there's the ill-timed "luxury mall" which recently opened in the building's basement, which features a store that sells cell phones for $310,000. If you've been having trouble keeping track of all the goings-on at the fabled building, here's a brief list of the Plaza's most notable moments from its debut in 1907 up to the present day.
October 1, 1907
The Plaza first opens to the public. Designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, it costs $12.5 million to construct.
Conrad Hilton buys the hotel for $7.4 million.
Kay Thompson's Eloise is first published.
The Beatles stay at the Plaza during their first trip to the US.
Truman Capote hosts his Black and White Ball in the hotel's Grand Ballroom.
The Plaza's exterior is designated a New York City landmark.
Trump sells the Plaza to Singapore-based businessman Kewk Leng Peng and Saudi prince Walid bin Talal for $325 million.
El-Ad closes the Plaza for renovations. Protests lead El-Ad to change its original plan to turn the entire building into condos, and reserve a portion of the property for hotel rooms.
Condos in the building first go on sale.
October 1, 2007
The 100th anniversary of the Plaza is celebrated with fireworks and a one-ton cake fashioned in the building's image.
The first residents of the condo section of the building begin moving in.
March 1, 2008
After three years and $400 million worth of renovations, the Plaza officially reopens to the public.
The Plaza's Rose Club opens.
Russian financier Andrei Vavilov files the first major lawsuit against El-Ad demanding the return of his $10.7 million deposit.
Boutiques begin opening as part of the Plaza Retail Collection.