Image Sources

Many photographs taken in the city before 1900 are uncredited, but there were some photographers who made names for themselves. It’s also true that it’s very easy to be misled by the images that are readily available.

There are great resources online for almost anything, but the choice is usually both narrow and shallow.… Read more.

Waverly Place

A narrow street that originates at Bank Street in the West, runs along the northern border of Washington Park, and ends at Broadway.

 

In the Waverly Place series, Anna and Sophie Savard, their Aunt Quinlan, and the Lees live at 18 Waverly Place in a large house built in 1840, enclosed by a brick wall that includes gardens and out buildings.… Read more.

Vanderbilt Costume Ball

On Monday, March 26, 1883 the Ball of the Decade took place at the home of William K. and Alva Vanderbilt, in celebration of their newly finished mansion at 660 Fifth Avenue (referred to as the ). The announcement of the Vanderbilt ball went out about a week before the beginning of Lent and was then was the only topic of discussion among the city’s elite and wealthy … Invitations (about 1,200 were issued) were in great demand, even by such personages as Mrs.… Read more.