When C.K.G. Billings constructed a $250,000 driveway for his mansion, Fort Tryon Hall, perched 250 feet above the Hudson River, he got some help from a cow.
Image via Library of Congress Like everywhere else in Manhattan, the Upper West Side and Manhattan began as bucolic farmland,
See vintage photos Fort Tryon Hall, CKG Billings' $2 million Gilded Age estate whose remains are visible in Fort Tryon Park today. The driveway alone cost $250,000.
See the remains of the Cornelius K.G. Billings mansion in NYC's Fort Tryon Park, a Rockefeller-owned estate that burned down in 1925 in upper Manhattan