The Bonfire of the Vanities Setting & Symbolism

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The Black Mercedes-Benz

The $48,000, two-door sports car owned by Sherman McCoy is the vehicle that hits Henry Lamb. Subsequently, the car becomes the focus of a law enforcement search and ultimately leads police to Sherman's door.

Bruckner Boulevard

Bruckner Boulevard runs through a seedy, crime-infested area of the Bronx. Sherman's attempt to escape this downtrodden street by taking an on-ramp to the expressway leads to the hit-and-run incident with Henry Lamb. Later, Lamb's partner in crime, Roland Auburn, lies to the police, insisting that Sherman's Mercedes hit Henry while they were walking innocently along Bruckner Boulevard.

The Criminal Courts Building

Sherman is brought downtown to this vast building the day he is arrested. The building contains Central Booking, detention cells, as well as courtrooms for the disposition of criminal cases like Sherman's.

Germaine Boll's Townhouse

This rent-controlled love nest is illegally sublet to Maria Ruskin by Germaine Boll...

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