2 of my friends & I planned a little weekend trip to New York (I live in Canada so it's not far) & I was like 'I MUST see The Plaza when we're there!' My 1 friend totally put a damper on things because she said it was closed; but I remained faithful.
I guess I should mention I didn't really know about Eloise until I watched Eloise at the Plaza when it first aired on TV. I'm a big sucker for that movie & love the girl who plays Eloise, Sofia Vassilieva. We sell the books at the toy store I work at, so I read them after & they are sooo cute. (I think Sofia was a good Eloise, but that is me personally.) My work then put Eloise Has a Bawth in it's annual book sale so I bought it & it's the only Eloise book I own. Anyhoo.
So, on the 1st day we're walking through Central Park, north to south, & know what we see? Those horse & buggy deals she rides with the Prince in the movie! So cool. The Plaza is right across from Central Park & I actually made a giant gasp when I saw it. The same friend was like 'gwad, everyone knows we're tourists now!'
I was so convinced to go inside. I wanted to see the little shoes (they bring out if you ask 'where's Eloise?') & the painting soooo badly. So, we go to the entrance but no avail. There is a guardsman standing there & he tips his hat (I took a photo) & there is a sign that says 'The Plaza is currently closed for construction.' Sad, non?
We sat at a fountain across the street & while there I observed the building. All the windows are gone, even on the tippy top floor. There is a giant sign saying how it's being turned into apartment buildings. (http://www.theplazaresidences.com/) The sign shows a photo of a lady with her daughter, with blonde hair. A somewhat Eloise, I thought. There is lots of scaffolding,
Overall I was very sad & disappointed I didn't make it there earlier. I find it sad The Plaza has come to this. I hope they still keep the Eloise things & maybe I can go back & see them. I can't see why they would destroy them though.
Anyways, hope you all enjoyed my story.