Politicians and celebrities would greet each other in this room before retreating to the famous Biltmore Hotel, where F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald honeymooned. J.D. Salinger also wrote about the hotel in Catcher in the Rye.
Once the room is renovated, it will become an arrival area again. The Journal reports that the newsstand will be replaced by a pair of escalators and an elevator that will return the Kissing Room to its status as a busy meeting place for sweethearts to kiss hello and goodbye.