Listen: Waldorf Astoria, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Jacob Astor discussed on Omnibus! With Ken Jennings and John Roderick
"Of the local volcanoes. I can just see you out with a hammer and some plywood making those modifications that would make your house lahar proof. Actually, I think I think this house might be pretty close to waterfront property in the event of a of a catastrophe. I'm within a couple of streets of the water line. I think the the ridge I'm on will become a nice, little peninsula extending south. We'll Debbie nice. It'll be great just a short walk down to the beach. What are you see the roofs of your neighbors houses to send into the murky depths? Yeah, I wonder how much of that kind of sponging. There will be it'll happen gradually so much. Are you kidding me? That's where I would spend all my time. But it won't be like a Daleus, right? Every year. It'll just be a few more houses, but the Waldorf Astoria, which is sort of for there's no way to get back when there's two steps removed. That's what I've learned. You can't you just have back when it's too sacred. Don't you have to you have to leap back a giant leap of the hotel, which is sort of the premier hotel of New York City for many many decades, you said it in a kind of a French fry. The premier Oto the premier hotel. It was to premier hotels. Right. You know, the story told me that we'll elder for story to hotels story. I guess the Astor family the descendants of John Jacob Astor's, the guy they were they were fighting and some wealthy Astor decides to build a giant hotel. I think at the time on fifth right next to his aunt's mansion just to piss her off. She moves out and some other brother builds another hotel next door. So there's there's two hotels right there. And they they was the Waldorf and the story they did not hyphenate until a little connection was built. I don't know. Early very early twentieth century. Maybe the peacock alley was literally the hyphen that connected. The Waldorf Astoria that is such a lovely story of valley hatred family hatred. The wall differ story is actually built they secured the air rights over the Newark central railway that built sort of in the in the atmosphere above the tracks. And it isn't they don't actually own the land their leasing the location of the Waldorf Astoria from the train, which some railroad still owns their footprint. Yeah. The railroad because the entirety of the sub basement of the story ah or the Waldorf Astoria is train tracks. I mean, that's the only the enormous number of tracks that lead into Grand Central are right underneath though. Tell which makes track sixty one possible trek sixty one is is beneath is in the bowels of the Waldorf Astoria. It is it is a train station. That serves only the waldorf-astoria, really. And it was built during the tenure of president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a way of masking his polio. Oh, because if he pulled up to the hotel in any other way, it would be clear that he's heavy. He's having to write. He was getting to his wheelchair. Or it was very it was a public performance arriving at the hotel, and he being a New Yorker traveled often from Washington DC to New York and stayed at the waldorf-astoria. And so had this the federal government commissioned it being built but did not pay for it. It was paid for by the railroad. So that he could access the hotel, you know, without as you say appearing on the streets in a wheelchair. This is the kind of thing where if our, you know, if President Trump wanted some business to pay for this, no doubt, super expensive bit of infrastructure, just for his ego. You know, can you imagine like President Trump demanding a roof be put on something? So no one could see his hair from above or something while concealing his polio. Wasn't just a don't think just an e. Ego move. I think it really they were afraid that it would throw into question his capability as a as leader of the free world, the idea then being that a disability cast a shadow on all your other ability craziness of Abe. This is the first train station that able is built. Well, maybe not. I haven't like investigated the whole record of train stations built to mask various disability. You have a few systems left to look at Cairo haven't done brought us lava and this was before the war when it was.."