This year, in tribute to Astor's memory, the hotel worked with a publisher to add a new book to those shelves.
A Survivor's Tale, which was released this month, is the first-person account of a passenger who survived the disaster by jumping overboard as the ship disappeared into the water.
"This was his jewel," said Astor's granddaughter, Jackie Drexel, as she gazed around the hotel one recent morning. "My grandfather used to come and walk the stairs frequently first thing in the morning to make sure everything was running perfectly. He conceived of it with great pride."
Image: Head doorman Jim Sheehy assists a patron outside New York's St. Regis Hotel.