Photo via The Preservation Society of Newport County

The stories behind the scenes of a hotel that set the standard for luxury will be the subject of an author talk on Thursday, October 24, at 6 p.m. at Rosecliff, according to a press release from The Preservation Society of Newport County.

Award-winning author and journalist Julie Satow will discuss her book “The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel” as part of the 2019 Fall Lecture Series: Adventures in Elegance, sponsored by The Preservation Society of Newport County.

From the moment in 1907 when millionaire Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt strode through the Plaza Hotel’s revolving doors to become its first guest, the white marble edifice in midtown Manhattan has radiated wealth and luxury. Satow reveals the strife behind the surface glamour of a landmark that has become synonymous with riches and scandal, opportunity and tragedy.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Satow is an award-winning journalist who has covered real estate in New York City for more than a decade. A regular contributor to The New York Times, her work has also appeared on National Public Radio, the New York Post, HuffPost and elsewhere.

Rosecliff is located at 548 Bellevue Ave. Admission to the lecture costs $10 for Preservation Society members and $15 for the general public. For tickets and more information, visit or call (401) 847-1000, ext. 178.

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