The Astor, recently revitalized to become one of the premier luxury condominiums on the Upper West Side, is a direct and immediate descendant of America’s Gilded Age of the late 1800s. During this period, a rapid influx of wealth led to a surge in industrialization and the construction of the many structures that served to redefine urban architecture. Over these few decades, urbanization and New York’s population grew exponentially, and as the Gilded Age faded into the background, it left behind a wildly diverse and vibrant new cultural and architectural landscape that fostered creative expression. The Astor, which was “born” in 1901, helped to cement the Upper West Side’s reputation as a home for the wealthy business class and serves now as a vivid testament to the refined grandeur of the past, as well as an example of high-end contemporary urban living. Much in the same way that The Astor has improved with age, a large swath of the art created as a part of this era has followed suit.