Contemporaries of the astors and vanderbilts, they grew up together along the shores of bucolic Staten Island, linked by privilege—her grandparents built the world’s fastest clipper ship, while his family owned most of Murray Hill. Phelps stokes—one of the Gilded Age’s most famous works of art.
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