The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910


By Esther Crain

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The drama, expansion, mansions and wealth of New York City’s transformative Gilded Age era, from 1870 to 1910, captured in a magnificently illustrated hardcover.

In forty short years, New York City suddenly became a city of skyscrapers, subways, streetlights, and Central Park, as well as sprawling bridges that connected the once-distant boroughs. In Manhattan, more than a million poor immigrants crammed into tenements, while the half of the millionaires in the entire country lined Fifth Avenue with their opulent mansions.

The Gilded Age in New York captures what is was like to live in Gotham then, to be a daily witness to the city’s rapid evolution.
  • Newspapers, autobiographies, and personal diaries offer fascinating glimpses into daily life among the rich, the poor, and the surprisingly large middle class.
  • The use of photography and illustrated periodicals provides astonishing images that document the bigness of New York: the construction of the Statue of Liberty; the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge; the shimmering lights of Luna Park in Coney Island; the mansions of Millionaire’s Row.
  • Sidebars detail smaller, fleeting moments: Alice Vanderbilt posing proudly in her “Electric Light” ball gown at a society-changing masquerade ball; immigrants stepping off the boat at Ellis Island; a young Theodore Roosevelt witnessing Abraham Lincoln’s funeral.

The Gilded Age in New York is a rare illustrated look at this amazing time in both the city and the country as a whole. Author Esther Crain, the go-to authority on the era, weaves first-hand accounts and fascinating details into a vivid tapestry of American society at the turn of the century.

Praise for New-York Historical Society New York City in 3D In The Gilded Age, also by Esther Crain:
“Vividly captures the transformation from cityscape of horse carriages and gas lamps ‘bursting with beauty, power and possibilities’ as it staggered into a skyscraping Imperial City.” — Sam Roberts, The New York Times

“Get a glimpse of Edith Wharton’s world.” — Entertainment Weekly Must List
“What better way to revisit this rich period . . ?” — Library Journal


  • "A beguiling, lavishly illustrated book that. . . epitomizes what Ms. Crain calls the city's incredible energy and sense of its own greatness and destiny."—Sam Roberts, The New York Times
  • "Crain unspools the story of four decades in crisp prose studded with pictures."—Entertainment Weekly

On Sale
Sep 27, 2016
Page Count
304 pages

Esther Crain

About the Author

Esther Crain is an author and native New Yorker. She launched Ephemeral New York, a website that chronicles the city's past and has been profiled in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Post. She is also the author of The New-York Historical Society's New York City in 3D in the Gilded Age

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