From Gilded Age to Chamber of Horrors: Dickensian Extremes at the Astor

The splendid mansions of the Upper East Side are what we think of most often when we think of the Gilded Age, but the era’s ruling real estate family, the Astors, had interests on the Upper West Side as well. One of the developments constructed by William Waldorf Astor encapsulates the extremes of New York life since 1900 perhaps better than anywhere else in the city. His Astor Apartments, at 235 West 75th Street, housed the new rich of the area before becoming notorious in the 1970s as a “chamber of horrors” and then being renovated as a luxury condo … Continue reading From Gilded Age to Chamber of Horrors: Dickensian Extremes at the Astor