Gazing into the mirror was the only way the bar's patrons could view the scandalous painting. A red velvet curtain was hung over the painting so that it obscured it from being viewed in any other manner.
Mrs. Lydig was more than a neighbor and "my lifelong and dearest friend" as described by Schemerhorn in his will. It was rumored the two were lovers and planned to marry.
When work commenced on the house in 1901, the New York Tribune would report that Paterson's new house, modeled after a "Scotch feudal castle" was a "pile of brick and stone, which will cost its owner $300,000." The New York Times would later estimate the
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