New York, New
- At the northwest
corner of 52nd Street in Manhattan was where Granny lived with WK
when she wasn't in Paris. The house was built by WK and his first
wife, Alva, from whom he got a divorce to marry Granny. The house
was very famous in New York because of a ball that Alva threw
while married to WK. Alva was not an attractive woman. She was
"plump with bulging eyes", she "looked like a frog".
- She was also pushy,
boastful, domineering and smart. She was also determined to
penetrate the heights of New York's oldest society and to do so,
she decided to inaugurate her new house with a costume ball to
beat all costume balls and to equal if not defeat Mrs. William
Astor who had snubbed her in the past and who was the undisputed
leader of the oldest families of New York.
- For an account of the
Ball, click here.