Saturday, July 19, 2014
Something in the Village is actually in danger
A Greenwich Village neighborhood may be losing one of its main attractions: a quaint and quirky, historic, white little farmhouse at the corner of Charles and Greenwich Streets.
The nearly 5,000 square foot piece of property at 121 Charles Street was listed in the New York Times real estate section as a development site, with a $20,000,000 price tag.
Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, was shocked to see the ad.
The current owner bought it in the late 1980’s. The old house wasn’t even located in the Village until 1967. That’s when it was moved from 71st Street and York Avenue to avoid being torn down by the property owner, the Archdiocese of New York, which wanted the space for housing for seniors.
Wow, if this were to be torn down, it would be like just about every historic property that had a preservation effort around it in Queens for the past 30 years or so!