On this snowy day, I went all the way uptown to the Museum of the City of NY, which features an exhibition curated by my friend and colleague Jeannine Falino, called Gilded New York. It explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. I loved the luxury that this show so successfully evokes through the display of dresses, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. Bravo!