Plaza Ballroom Closes as Pet Paradise

Monday night saw the last event held in the ballroom of the Plaza before the hotel’s much-debated partial conversion to condos. At the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Bergh Ball, a piano player competed with intermittent barks of adoptable dogs in the cocktail space, and designer doghouses—by the likes of Betsey Johnson, Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta, and Isaac Mizrahi—were sold at auction for a total of $19,000; the event for 400 guests raised more than $500,000. Designers Robin Bell and Ron Wendt used doghouses as centerpieces in the grand ballroom, which will be restored during the renovations.
Posted 04.27.05
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