The Family that Built a Transportation Empire
The Vanderbilts were one of the oldest and best-known families in America. Jan Aertsen van der Bilt emigrated from Holland around 1650. Although his descendants prospered as farmers on Staten Island, New York, they lived modestly; it was only during the lifetime of Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877), known as the “Commodore,” that the family name became synonymous with extraordinary wealth.
May 13 2013
The Mystery Friday Foto has been solved: It was Willie K driving his 1903 Mercedes at Krug's Corner in Mineola during the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
May 11 2013
In celebration of Mother's Day, this is a photo tribute to William K. Vanderbilt Jr.'s mother Alva Vanderbilt Belmont.
May 08 2013
Literary scholars believe two inspirations for F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby may have been William K. Vanderbilt Jr.'s mother's Beacon Towers and John Scott Browning, Sr.'s Land's End, both located in Sands Point.
Mar 30 2013
My favorite Long Island mansion was the amazing Beacon Towers built for William K. Vanderbilt Jr.'s mother Alva Vanderbilt Belmont in Sands Point. As a special holiday treat, here's a classic "Then & Now".
Mar 27 2013
Doyle New York has issued a press release on its upcoming April 15th auction of property from the Estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl.
Feb 07 2013
The death of a spectator in the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race nearly brought the classic to a premature demise. The marvel was that only one spectator had been killed in the three races held up to that time. Demonstrating vision again, William K. Vanderbilt Jr. chartered the goal of a…
Nov 19 2012
The January 2013 issue of Hemmings Classic Car celebrates its 100th issue with several amazing articles including this profile of Willie K.
Sep 11 2012
The winners of the Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island were typically not the fastest cars but the ones that were the most durable with the fewest tire problems. The car and tire manufacturers assisted the drivers by setting up repair and tire stations throughout the courses.
Aug 27 2012
Another hotel on the 1905 and 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race courses was the Lake Success Hotel and Cottage.
Aug 22 2012
Clarence Mackay (1874-1938) was the heir to the Comstock silver fortune and a major figure in the development of the international telegraph business. Before and after the Vanderbilt Cup Races, Mackay would host huge parties for friends and business associates at his 648-acre Harbor Hill Estate overlooking the village of…