MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Police are searching for a man who stole a dedication plaque from the Waldorf Astoria clock on the last day the historic hotel was open.
A man and two women walked into the Waldorf Astoria at 301 Park Ave. about 1:10 a.m. on Feb. 28, police said. He went up to the World’s Fair Clock in the lobby and took the dedication plaque sitting on the base.
The man, with the plaque in a blue-colored folder, left the hotel with the women a short time later in a taxi cab.
The 9 feet clock has been part of the iconic hotel since 1931, according to its website. A replica of the Statue of Liberty sits on top. It’s one of the most recognizable clocks at the establishment.
The Waldorf Astoria shut its doors on March 1 for a major renovation that could convert a portion of the hotel rooms into condos.
Some of the items will be made interior landmarks.
The hotel is expected to open in two to three years.