Anna Godbersen depicts Manhattan in 1899 so well in The Luxe that I believe she lived there and then.
That being said, I didn't like this book. I felt all the drama was telegraphed and I wasn't pleased with the prologue giving away so much of the story.
I know I'll probably get stoned for saying I didn't enjoy this popular title but for me it lacked a stick-to-your-bones quality that I find in so many other YA titles these days.
I will say that if you are a fan of Gossip Girls or readalikes or if you are looking for another world to escape into for a few hundred pages, give The Luxe a go.