detail shot from the vanderbilt "cottage" overlooking the hudson river in hyde park, new york.
frederick vanderbilt and his wife entertained guests here. after dinner, he and his buddies would pound shots of jaegermeister, fire off some M-80s on the roof, then retire to the rumpus room to smoke stogies and take in the Knicks on wide screen.
okay, I might not have gotten ALL the historical details exactly right.
but seriously, it is a magnificent estate, a holdover from the gilded age, where new money spent bucket-loaders full of their new money to demonstrate that they were every bit as tasteful and affluent as the old money back on the other side of the pond.