We visited NYC last week, and my patient husband trudged around with me, indulging my love of history. We took the subway to 110th St/Central Park North, then walked down 5th Avenue for a few blocks, where we encountered the remains of the fence that used to surround Cornelius Vanderbilt’s elaborate Gilded Age Mansion at the south end of the park on Fifth Avenue!
It was a very tall gate, elaborately created for the newly arrived tycoons.
The Museum of the City of New York also had an exhibit called “Gilded Age New York”; there were just a few items in it (many of them products of the Tiffany Company, which sponsored the exhibit), but I was really impressed by the elaborate fans that wealthy women carried for an an evening out. They were made of ostrich and peacock feathers and were quite conspicuous – which was the intention!