“Gilded New York,” an ongoing exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York which offers a look at the opulent Gilded Age in the US (1870s until the early 1900s), now has an accompanying app, called A Walk Through Gilded New York.
The app, which has actress Grace Gummer acting as tour guide, features photos of notable places and objects associated with the period, and which are still on view in the exhibit, juxtaposed with pictures of the places in the present which were taken by photographer Harlan Erskine.
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The Gilded Age was characterized by wealth and excess which were the result of the excellent economic climate in the US at the time. Many foreign nationals, particularly Europeans, emigrated to the country in hopes of partaking in the benefits from the robust economic growth. However, due to the influx of newcomers and the inequality attendant to the system which maintained the flow of wealth, many also suffered from abject poverty.