Click here to donate today! If there were ever a case of developers showing their complete lack of style and grace, that building next to it does the trick. Beautiful … and filled with texture and personality.
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How is it not covered in grafitti? Actually, if you check the dates on my other April Fools posts, I never seem to get the date right, sometimes even months off. This house would make a cool movie set! I kinda wish you were able to get inside. I bet there are a lot of cool spaces in that house.
My 94 year old grandmother grew up in this house with her 8 siblings.
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She has great stories about the huge dinner parties that her parents would host. My great-grandfather was involved with the Metropolitan Opera and many stars of the day would spend an evening at this extravagantly detailed house enjoying a meal with a our large Italian family. Wow, RL!. I work at the school across the street and marvel at this gem everyday. I often wonder of the glory of this neighborhood back in its heyday. Being an Italian-American myself, I now feel more of a connection to this home and neighborhood. I wish I could turn back time and be a fly on the wall at one of those lavish gatherings!
We should chat — I have a bunch of letters hand written by Edwin. Pam, this website has become invaluable to academic historians of NYC, its culture and its architecture during its Golden Age. The comment boards bring out eyewitness accounts that a prof writing a book is dying for. If you and RL have exchanged emails, I hope the two of you will post some of the information here?
You folks are too modest about this information you have.
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RL, I wrote something to Pam below that I want to be sure you see. At the time the new owners were optimistic about restoring the house. I would venture to guess that the recession took a toll on that. Oh, you simply must find a way to get inside this beautiful house. No matter what condition it is in, there MUST be all sorts of gems in there. Very interesting site. Many people that like to look at NYC scenes like to look at west coast architecture also….
The garage wall looks like the original finished surface in the vein of Adirondack stick style cabins. I would guess that the horizontal siding was a later addition.
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It may have always been a garage, but could have been a garden folly or summerhouse. Whoa… A friend is at this moment staying in this house with a friend. He reports the house is quite impressive inside. I can imagine a movie being written for this place, overgrown as it is with the surrounding urbs.
Will pass this blog post along to him.
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I was dreaming of a house for the past 10 years, how ironic this picture is up of that same house. The inside was dark wooden floors, little furniture like a table, and a lamp on the first floor. But every time I dreamed of it I had nightmares. I would love to see how it looks inside. Great post. Would do it for free as soon as I laid eyes on this house I felt intriged.
Im staying with my boyfriend now and we pass by this house all the time, we even got our baby kitten in front on this house as it was laying helplessly in front. But it is beautiful and I always wanted to go inside. My grandparents owned the home for many,many years. The inside was beautiful with dark rich woods. The Dakota is the gothic visual anachronism of a residential building in-between modern structures near the edge of Central Park West. Are they paying respect to Mr. Lennon, remembering the horror Rosemary experienced at the scene, or channeling something else?
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The Campbell Apartment. The Woodlawn Cemetery. The Algonquin Hotel. In , cadets claimed they saw a ghost, clad in an old-school uniform, in Room which is no longer in use. Other supernatural beings -- namely, a female apparition -- also allegedly set up shop in Quarters , accommodations of the former Superintendent Colonel Thayer. West Village This old-school watering hole has a long history of attracting artists and writers -- Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Jim Morrison were all customers, and some may still haunt the bar today.
In , after discovering that his wife was having an affair, Firefighter Schwartz hung himself from the rafters of that very firehouse. Firefighters working in the building for decades to come reported hearing strange noises and even seeing the shape of a corpse hanging in mid-air. Janes pointed out that this location also happens to be the spot where Polly Bodine allegedly murdered Emeline Van Pelt and her month-old baby in coincidence or not? Creepier yet, puppeteer Frank Paris, who created the seriously terrifying Howdy Doody marionette, lived at 12 Gay Street and reported odd paranormal activity, including an inexplicable smell of onions frying at odd hours when he was alone.
Nowhere is safe. The lighthouse, which dates back to the s and secured a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in , stands at feet above sea level and carries with it a haunted legacy. As the legend goes, one of the caretakers hung himself in the lighthouse and his ghost continues to lurk around the grounds today. She was wearing a black skirt and black top and was just hovering in my bedroom by my door, looking down at the floor.
She is afraid of ghosts. And NYC. Alisha Prakash is a writer and editor based in NYC. She's kept the light on every night since writing this.