“Mayor Bloomberg, had proclaimed October 1st, 2007 the Plaza’s 100th birthday; The hotel, known for its history of offering a locale for celebration, went all out. There was the 50-member orchestra, the cake, introductions by city resident Matthew Broderick, and the largest pyrotechnic display ever launched from atop a building–let alone a million square foot building in Midtown. And then there were the guests. Members of the Central Park Conservancy, city officials, and socialites. Women in evening gowns, held close by their male escorts to avoid the chill of this first night in October. A small girl in a matching tan petticoat and headband with perfectly straightened brown hair ran wild for a moment before her mother caught her, a modern day Eloise.” – excerpt from New York Observer reporting on the 100 year celebration.