On April 4, the St. Regis held a small dinner in the hotel library to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking.
The guests, who included some of Astor's descendants, were dressed in fur and feathers as they perused his books and dined on food inspired by the last meal served aboard the ship.
They also received copies of A Survivor's Tale, which was written by Jack Thayer and is being published publicly for the first time with the permission of his family.
Thayer, who was 17 years old then, recounted how his mother escaped in a lifeboat, but his father perished along with most of the men on board.
Thayer survived by clinging to a lifeboat for hours in the freezing sea, listening to the wailing of the passengers who froze to death.
"It sounded like locusts on a midsummer night, in the woods in Pennsylvania," he wrote.
Image: The Versailles Room of New York's St. Regis Hotel seen being prepared for a function.