I've been in New York for a few days for a Council on Foreign Relations conference (more on this later), and last Sunday I decided to walk the wonderful High Line, a park built on an old elevated railway on the lower west side of Manhattan. Somewhere around Chelsea Piers, I spotted an adjoining building with this billboard (nb. this is not my photo; I found it on Flickr):

Sure, it's meant in jest (apparently this storage company is known for its clever ads), but the fact that the joke works is itself telling. Talk about a second Gilded Age.

Photo by Flickr user Ed Costello.