Waldorf=Astoria = Waldorf Astoria

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The Waldorf Astoria Collection — the somewhat awkwardly named worldwide brand whose flagship is midtown’s hottest dignitary-entourage hangout — has announced it will be dropping the “equals” sign that said hotel has irksomely marred its official title with for over a century. (It was included to represent the fabled hallway that used to connect the original Waldorf and Astoria hotels.) They’ve in fact removed punctuation altogether: “Waldorf Astoria” it is. [Hotel Chatter via Curbed]