4. Park Avenue Armory
The event of the first episode is a fashion show at the Park Avenue Armory located at 643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th streets. Julien is walking in the show and her friends are invited, along with Zoya. The plot thickens here, as Julien feels the need to create drama for the social media followers to follow. While originally meant to diffuse the attention given to the made-up rift between her and Zoya, a loss of Instagram followers encourages her to take more drastic action.
The Park Avenue Armory was built from 1877 to 1881 at a cost of $650,000 by the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard. This Regiment was made up of prominent Gilded Age family names that included Vanderbilt, Van Rensselaer, Roosevelt, Harriman, Livingston, and Morgan. Its roster included August Belmont Jr., the financier who helped build the city’s first subway line (and Belmont Track), and artists Thomas Nast and Sanford Robinson Gifford. Often referred to as the Silk Stocking regiment, this was the only privately funded armory – each room looking every bit as decadent as the near-by homes its members lived in.
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