Sunday, March 18, 2012

Is this Really Manhattan?

It is so rare to see a house in the city that it always hits you as being completely out of place.

I wrote about Pomander Walk a few months ago. They were the only houses I've ever seen in Manhattan my whole entire life.

Until I went to Washington Heights a few weeks ago and discovered this:

Check out the house of the far left. Looks really interesting.

I did some research, and it has a really fascinating history.

Built in 1885, 670 West 187th was intended to be a one family house. It has three bedrooms, servants quarters in the attic, a kitchen, pantry, dining room, sitting room, and a large foyer. Novel at the time, this house also had indoor plumbing.

The oddest thing I found was evidence of many, many families who rented the house and then vacated the property within a few weeks.

I dug a little more, and found out that upon arrival, loads of strange things began to occur. Creaking sounds from an unoccupied attic, doors swinging open and shut on a windless night, and strange bangs and clangs from the basement. To make matters worse, there was a room in the house that had mysterious scratches along one wall.

Needless to say, many families opted towards finding other living arrangements than to occupy this house on 187th street.

Really, really weird.


But in fact, everything I just said above was completely fabricated. Totally made up (hehe).
I actually did no research (I don't know how to research properties). This house gives such a spooky look that my imagination completely took over.

Check it out in the summertime. How positively eerie!!

The house next door looks quite nice, but the one on the right also looks pretty disheveled.

Around the corner, on Wadsworth Avenue, I saw even more houses!

I seriously wonder about its history! Can anyone help me out?? Please?

A friend sent me this picture a few months ago of another cool "totally not-New York" scene:

In her message she wrote, "a front porch in New York City! 92nd between Lexington and Park!"
I also notice the red door, which I think is a really nice added touch.

Imagine sitting on the front porch of this house and drinking tea, doing some sewing, and watching all the traffic go by. What a difference from a typical country scene where such a porch would normally be found!

What a cool find!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Look at the Buds!


I've been waiting all winter for this!

Back in November, I wrote about the beautiful Fall foliage. But that only lasted a few weeks. Once they all fell onto the ground, turned into brown mush, and got swept away by the rain and wind, I've been seriously missing the greenery.

These bare trees just don't do it for me.

They're just so depressing, standing up there all spindly and empty.

A few days ago I started to notice...


Yes, I'm that excited. (I don't think I ever grew up).

Has Spring sprung? I don't think it has quite yet, but it sure looks like it's coming soon.

We've made progress - check out what I noticed today on Broadway:

And in Queens:

I get a lot of strange looks when I go around snapping pictures of trees. 

One of my favorite parts about Spring are the beautiful yellow daffodils that emerge. I started seeing evidence of their imminent arrival in some planters around my neighborhood today:

The earth is waking up! And now that we have a whole extra hour of daylight, we can make the most of the beautiful weather and finally spend some more time outdoors. 

I'm looking forward to the flowers.

What an awesome world we live in.

Happy Spring!

Update 3/15

Just saw this yesterday!