Mrs Astor

There were many Mrs Astors, but the most famous was surely Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, remembered for her famous ball, and list of 400 of society's elite. After a dispute with her nephew, she abandoned her house on Fifth Avenue, which later became the site of the Empire State Building. She is described through the eyes of her acolyte, the fictional Rose Vandyck Master, in the 'Ellis Island' chapter of New York.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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