PRIVATE ARMIES, CRIMINAL INTENT, FINANCIAL SKULLDUGGERY: OUT PROFESSIONALS TAKES A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE OF FIFTH AVENUE’S GOLD COAST.
On Saturday afternoon, July 22, you are invited to join Members and friends of Out Professionals for an eyebrow-raising history tour, “Scandals of the Fifth Avenue Gold Coast.” Afterwards, tour goers may choose to stroll across Central Park and unwind at Tessa, the Upper West Side favorite.
In perhaps the Gilded Age’s greatest scandal, Gold Coast architect Stanford White, above left, dallied with showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, wife of millionaire Harry K. Thaw, right. Thaw gunned down White during the premiere of “Mam’zelle Champagne” at White’s rooftop theater on Madison Square.
The creation of Central Park in 1857 saw Upper Fifth Avenue become Millionaire’s Row. Tycoons long on cash and short on scruples built homes designed to project power, wealth and stature. Gilded Age mansions, including those of Henry Clay Frick and James B. Duke, began to line the Avenue.
Of course The American Dream had its dark side, and “Scandals of the Fifth Avenue Gold Coast” revels in the crimes and chicanery that built Millionaire’s Row.
Tour highlights include:
- The Henry Clay Frick Mansion, built by a powerful financier and industrialist whom Andrew Carnegie called “The Man.” (Frick’s underground bowling alley survives.)
- The James Buchanan Duke Mansion. Upon the death of American Tobacco’s “Buck” Duke, the mansion passed to his only child, gossip-column favorite Doris Duke.
- Harkness House, built for Stephen V. Harkness, the silent but second-largest shareholder in Standard Oil, the combine that made John D. Rockefeller the world’s richest man.
- Payne Whitney House, designed by Stanford White. Having seduced Nesbit, “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” White met his death at the hands of her young husband before he could see his masterpiece completed.
Out Professionals’ private Walking Tour/Mixer series is designed for us — and you — by Joyce Gold History Tours of New York. Joyce teaches Manhattan history at New York University and the New School.
Tour begins at 2 p.m. sharp, rain or shine. We meet in front of the Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Subway: 6 to 68th Street/Hunter College. Open-ended mixer begins about 4:30 p.m. at Tessa, 349 Amsterdam Avenue (West 76th-77th Streets); refreshments on your own.
Nonmember, $30. Dues-paying OP Member, $20. The personalized nature of our tours limits the number of participants; sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Print and pocket a copy of your online registration; thanks! Advance ticketing ends at noon on Friday, July 21. Cash only at the door, space permitting.
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As a registered nonprofit, Out Professionals must rely on the support of our Individual and Business Members. Enjoy a 12-month Individual OP Membership (new or renewal) PLUS free admission for one to today’s private tour for just $75; final sale. OP Membership includes free entry to every month’s OP.LOUNGE and discounted admission to other LGBT programming all year long. Join here — and thank you!