We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Fox 5 NY for the new segment featuring our 52nd St, Midtown NY store. Fox5 reporter Cristal Young received a New York history store tour by the store manager, Jim DiGiacoma. Some pieces shown were salvaged from The Plaza Hotel, JFK International Airport, and Waldorf Astoria, New York.
Thank you to Architectural Digest for featuring OGT in their article “A Fascinating Look at the Waldorf Astoria’s Destruction and Rebirth”. We are truly honored to take part in the preserving of rich pieces from famed New York City architecture as well as American history.
June is wedding season, and if you are feeling helpless or overwhelmed with what to gift the bride and groom, you can trust Olde Good Things to have just the thing. Consider a classic piece recovered from the Waldorf Astoria NYC. These treasures combine history, functionality, and beauty for the newlywed’s home space.
Waldorf Astoria Fortessa Bone China Demitasse Gift Set
A modern Fortessa bone china demitasse set in white recovered from the Waldorf Astoria towers is a stunning gift for the happy couple to unwrap. This piece inspires a combination of class and history for dinners, parties, or romantic tête-à-tête. The set includes a tray, cups, saucers, and spoons, along with a Waldorf Astoria Certificate of Authenticity. Dimensions and specs can be found here.
Waldorf Astoria Modern Sambonet Butter Knife Set
A stylish set of dinnerware is an integral part of every wedding package, but this original Waldorf Astoria stainless steel butter knife set takes imagination to another level. Complete with a Certificate of Authenticity, this wedding flatware set adds flair and quality to the traditional silverware wedding gift. A decorative bow is available in red or white.
Waldorf Astoria Art Deco Silver Plated & Glass Water Pitcher – Sold Out
A Waldorf Astoria glass pitcher is perfect for serving cool drinks in summer or for daily use in-home or office and makes a perfect summer wedding gift. This clear pitcher with classic Art Deco silver-plated frame and handle is a beautiful accent piece in any room. These unused pitchers designed by D.W. Haber and Sons and salvaged from Waldorf Astoria towers are solid, functional, and elegant.
Waldorf Astoria Modern Fortessa China Creamer Sugar Bowl Set
A Waldorf Astoria NYC ceramic gift set with vitrified china creamer, sugar bowl, and a plate is another unique wedding gift that is both functional and aesthetic. This set is available in classic white and includes the Waldorf Astoria card of authenticity. A Fortessa cream and sugar bowl makes an impression alone or paired with any of the other recovered treasures from Waldorf Astoria NYC.
Four Piece Silver Plated Waldorf Astoria Tea Set
This singular silver tea set with teapot, sugar bowl, milk pourer, and a tray is original to the Waldorf Astoria Towers and is a memorable, one-of-a-kind rare wedding gift. The set includes a Waldorf Astoria card of authenticity and items are stamped D.W. Haber & Son, NY.
A limited amount of these sets are available for purchase for your unique wedding gift. Contact us at Olde Good Things today for more information on these or any of our other recovered treasures.
Spring has sprung, and what follows usually is the urge to spruce up our home or workplace. If you are feeling this desire, then come on over to Olde Good Things for great design ideas and unique offerings.
In NYC, our Flagship location at 333 W. 52nd St (Theater District in Midtown – between 8th & 9th on W. 52nd St.) is open 7 days, 10 am – 5:30 pm weekdays and 11 am – 5:30 pm weekends. This sprawling showroom has many unique finds especially from NYC and the vicinity. Mantels from the Waldorf Astoria, furnishings from the Pierre Hotel, Mirrors made from windows from the Flat Iron Building. (And much more!)
Though we still have reduced hours at our two other NYC locations, 302 Bowery and the Upper West Side store at 2420 Broadway (89th and Broadway), these stores do not disappoint. They are fully open on the weekends, starting from Friday until Sunday, Friday 10 am – 5:30, and Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 5:30 pm. Among the vast inventory, you will find original lighting and vast seating options for all kinds of uses. Lots of great ideas to be had and the merchandise is always changing.
Our warehouses in Scranton, PA are open to the public by appointment. Make a call to us and then take a weekend trip to the Poconos, and enjoy the Pennsylvania springtime weather. Shop these locations for great architectural items as well as a visual of our processing shops where our line of “altered antiques” are manufactured. This is the home of our famous tin framed mirrors and reclaimed wooden tables, besides our original hardware room which covers 2500 square feet.
If you are on the West Coast, our Los Angeles, CA location is open for 7 days, every day 9 am – 5:30 pm except Sunday 10 am – 5:30 pm. This vast warehouse/store carries everything architectural imaginable. A treasure trove for designers and end-users alike.
Of course, we’re open full time on our website don’t hesitate to shop there anytime.
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Just a few weeks ago we held our Grand Opening event for our newly relocated flagship store at 333 W. 52nd Street. Considering all things, with the present economic situation, the event brought a great turn-out, with many faces and friends of OGT.
Gregory Singer, founder and music director of the Manhattan Symphonie, provided musical entertainment during the 3-day event. He coupled with some friends to provide a variety of lighthearted tunes, from Americana to Italian Classics. We were delighted to have him.
Many people loved the lion and engaged in the Instagram promotion receiving 25% off just for posting a picture of themselves with the OGT Lion Mascot in front of our store.
Besides the lion Mascot, you couldn’t miss the OGT T-Rex who stands in the front welcoming all passers-by.
Many of our knowledgeable OGT salespeople are on board to help the customers with any and all questions. We also have trusty help from Flores, who has faithfully worked with us in the setup and installation of architectural pieces for many years. Flores offers a wealth of information to customers who have questions concerning the restoration and installation of many olde good things.
It seems that the neighborhood is delighted to have us. This is the first time we have been centrally located in Midtown Manhattan so we hope that many of our friends and previous customers will find us here. We are presently open for 7 days, with limited hours from 9 am to 5 pm. We are following the CDC guidelines and limiting the traffic with 6 ft. social distancing and sanitizing stations throughout the store.
The store is chock full of one of a kind, never seen before items. There’s something for everyone. We hope you will join us in continuing to celebrate this new location.
Come meet the many faces of Olde Good Things!
By the way, Gregory is known to make pop-in visits so you may see him here again and you can hear him play his magical violin. A note of interest, Gregory recently illustrated and published his first children’s book about a spaceman who helped children wash their hands. Great for these times! Take a look at this link to find out more.
As many of you may realize by now our location at 16th Street in Union Square has recently moved to a much larger central location at 333 W. 52nd Street. This store has a similar scale to our original Manhattan store at 24th Street with its sprawling first floor and lower level. It is being stocked with signature architectural items from legendary New York City buildings as well as many unique designs and home furnishings perfect for the home or office (and nowadays home office as well!).
We will soon be “open” to the general public and are planning on a Grand Opening on October 2nd. We are planning a sneak peek week starting Friday, September 25th just before our Grand Opening. Just stop by or call for an appointment at 212-989-8814. Of course, this shopping experience will be conducted within CDC guidelines for the safety of both our customers as well as our staff. PPE will be required (face masks) and we’ll have plenty of sanitizing stations throughout the store. Capacity will be limited to ensure a safer and more pleasant shopping experience. Hours of operation will be posted, but for now, we are open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.
The store is stocked with fresh picks as well as a great assortment of what we are notorious for, handmade mirrors and decorative furnishings as well as our line of tables both rustic and elegant. There is much “never seen before” merchandise so come and get first dibs! Our plan is to post these items online soon after our opening in the following weeks.
During these difficult times, it’s a comfort to know OGT is still a staple in New York City. Our commitment is to continue as long as we can find great finds, which doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Keep an eye out, buzz is not lacking at OGT. There are so many story-filled items reclaimed from years gone by. A few samples include: Copper framed mirrors made from windows of prominent skyscrapers such as the Flat Iron Building and 200 5th Ave (formerly the renowned Toy Manufacturers Building which now houses the famous Italian Market: Eataly). Also, marble mantels and original lighting from the Waldorf Astoria can be seen firsthand and so much more.
We look forward to seeing you at the new flagship location, as always expect an exciting experience shopping at one of the most interesting stores in New York City.
As many of you may realize by now, our eleven-year stay at Union Square has recently come to a close. We are sad and glad, sad because this location served us and our customers well but glad as we have made the move to a much larger, centrally located space with high ceilings and an even grander, vast showroom at 333 West 52nd Street. The preparation for this new location was of course slowed by the economic shutdown due to the onset of COVID-19.
We’re in the process of unboxing and setting up our wares from 16th Street as well as many new arrivals never seen by our New York City customers. We plan to have this location open by appointment in the weeks to come, so please keep in touch and look for our opening newsletter.
Also, if you are in the city and still want to shop with us in person, our other stores at 302 Bowery and 2420 Broadway are open with limited hours during the week as well as the entire weekend. Just call for an appointment.
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Of course, our web site is always open and our PA warehouses are also open by appointment. We appreciate your business and look forward to you shopping at Olde Good Things.
UPDATE: Our Bowery and Broadway NYC stores will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays starting July 4. For Monday through Friday, please call or email for an appointment. The Los Angeles location is open for retail business.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Scranton locations are open by appointment only. Please call or email for an appointment.
Now that phase 2 of New York City’s re-opening process is underway, we at Olde Good Things have been preparing our stores to make them safe for everyone involved. We are complying with CDC regulations, providing customers with a safe hopefully delightful shopping experience. We have even begun developing sustainable sales counter “sneeze guards” made from reclaimed windows. This is not only a decorative way to keep the store safer, but it is also great for the environment, as all the products we’re using are getting their second go around. As seen at our Bowery location, arched sash windows now form protective divides at the counter. And the good news is, we are marketing these to our friends in the business as well. Just inquire and we’ll let you know our present inventory of windows and other architectural elements which can be repurposed as well.
Although protective guards at sales counters are an indicator of the difficulty of the present times, these made from salvaged materials make any space look great and give a warmer, more friendly feel. Now you can shop safely at our NYC stores at 2420 Broadway and 302 Bowery. We will have reduced hours and occupancy, so if you prefer to make an appointment, call us at 212-989-8814 for scheduling. Our 16th St store is in the relocation process to our new much larger flagship location at 333 W. 52nd St. We’ll keep you posted for our grand opening! Since the stores are opened on a limited schedule, we ask you to call first so as not to be disappointed. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again.
Lower East Side:
between Houston and Bleeker
Open Sat 6-27-20 and Sun 6-28-20, 11-5 pm by appointment
Weekday schedule coming
Upper West Side:
between W. 89th & 90th
Open at 6-27-20 and Sun 6-28-20, 11-5 pm by appointment
Weekday schedule coming
The Waldorf Astoria was erected over an entire city block on Park Avenue, Manhattan, in 1931. It was the successor to the original on Fifth Avenue, which was demolished to make room for the Empire State Building.
The Park Avenue Waldorf Astoria was designed by New York architectural firm Schultze & Weaver, the architects who designed a line of Biltmore hotels and redesigned the Grand Ballroom of New York City’s Plaza Hotel. When the hotel opened, it was the largest and tallest hotel in the world at 625 feet and 47 stories. It hosted 1,416 guest rooms, each one unique, for a total of 2,200 rooms. Famous for its Art Deco luxury, this is the hotel that invented 24-hour room service in its early years. Herbert Hoover gave the opening speech from the White House on the radio in 1931.
Waldorf Astoria Drew the Elite & Famous
A 1946 conference held at the hotel hosted representatives of allied countries to discuss the future of eastern Europe after World War II. The April in Paris balls attracted figures like John F. Kennedy and Marlene Dietrich. Suite 2728 housed Marilyn Monroe when she hid away from Hollywood in 1955. In 1956, actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco convened at the hotel for their engagement party. Frank Sinatra lived on the 25th floor & later the 33rd floor. Queen Elizabeth II Prince Philip stayed at Waldorf Towers in 1976. The Duke of Windsor and Mrs. Simpson lived on the 42nd floor in Royal Suite 42R.
Other visitors who appreciated the luxury of the Waldorf Astoria were Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Dalai Lama, Dwight Eisenhower, Vince Lombardi, John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, and every U.S. president after Herbert Hoover. The hotel served as the venue for the elite International Debutante Ball from 1954.
Before reconstruction began, the hotel’s most iconic spaces — the West Lounge known as “Peacock Alley”, the grand ballroom, and the lobby containing 13 murals and a floor mosaic by artist Louis Rigal — were granted landmark status by New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. The building itself was designated a city landmark in 1993.
Waldorf Astoria New York City Closes
The 86-year-old hotel, bought by China’s Ambang Insurance Group in 2014 for $1.95 billion, closed its doors on February 28, 2017. A major renovation project will turn 1,400 rooms into 375 luxury condos.
Olde Good Things began the project of salvaging the famous Waldorf Astoria New York City for renovations in 2017. The salvage included marble and wooden mantels from the Cole Porter Suite and doors from the Marilyn Monroe Suite, along with 2,000 light fixtures from the suites and hallways of the famous hotel. Other treasures rescued prior to refurbishment include chandeliers from the Starlight Room and other architectural elements from rooms steeped in history.
Investigate the amazing things we preserved from this NYC icon by visiting the Waldorf Astoria category online.