I Fucking Hate NYC

I’m so over it.  Newest blow: the most adorable little house in the world, at 121 Charles Street, is probs going to be torn down to make room for an ugly glass bougie panopticon-esque highrise of some sort.

So teeny!

So teeny!

In addition, Maeve Brennan, whom I borderline idolize (both sartorially and artistically), wrote a very charming piece in her New Yorker column about monitoring this house’s move from uptown to downtown.  An excerpt, which I had to dig through the TNY archives for (you’re welcome):

“Tonight, Sunday, March 6th (1967), I heard on the radio that a two-hundred-year-old wooden farmhouse was moved this morning from Seventy-first Street and York Avenue all the way down to Charles Street, in the village–-a five mile journey.  The move was a rescue.  The farmhouse was about to be demolished, because it was in the way of a new building plan.  [Editor’s note: I guess everything has always sucked]  I live in the Village, and I thought I’d walk over and see the house––see how it was standing up to its first night away from its birth site… But when I stepped up on the sidewalk on the northeast corner of Hudson and Charles Street I saw the house.  It was up in the air, a ghost shape, at the end of the block, on the northeast corner of Charles Street and Greenwich Street.  The eastern wall of the farmhouse is painted a dark color, but the front wall, facing Charles Street, is white, and as I approached it I got a sidewise glimmer of it that defined the whole tiny structure.  It was a very tiny house––much smaller than I had expected.  That must have been a very small farmer who built it.”

I actually heard this extract when I was on a walking tour of Maeve Brennan’s Greenwich Village one afternoon when I was dead tired and my fingers were covered were grease from McDonald’s fries.  As they say: nothing charming stays.  But on the other hand, an article in NY Mag recently covered the “co-buying” trend, so if a very tiny family would like to team up with my very tiny family (two people and two cats) and purchase this little abode at the bargain price of $20 million, contact Siobhan––she’ll know what to do.

Dwarfed!

Dwarfed!

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