But I do remember strolling along upper-Fifth Avenue and walking through the Vanderbilt Gates to see this:
The Vanderbilt Gates used to adorn the Fifth Avenue mansion of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. There are two clues and to how legitmate this man was: One, his name was Cornelius. Two, he owned a mansion. In New York. On Fifth Avenue. It was no homely Park Avenue penthouse. Oh no.
Determined to reign supreme, Cornelius II built a mansion so large that it took up an entire city block. Three brownstone houses had to be demolished in order for the property to be complete. Now that's a man.
This chap approves. (Vanderbilt mansion seen in the background.)