Thursday, September 3, 2015

INTRODUCING: OUTDOOR DINING AT THE GRANGE

The Grange on Amsterdam by 141st Street will now finally have outdoor seating just in time for the holiday weekend.  One of Hamilton Heights most favorite establishments opened a couple of years ago but scaffolding over the sidewalk prevented the eatery from debuting any sidewalk dining.  This new situation should also go over well with the brunch crowd since The Grange has some of the best offerings in the neighborhood: LINK

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

REMEMBER: A CORNER TURRET CIRCA 1910


Who can guess the location of this turreted tower townhouse in Harlem from the photo taken in 1910?  One clue is that the limestone building still stands today and currently has the record for the highest closing on a Harlem townhouse in 2015.  A current photo will be posted later on in the day.

ANSWER:  This Sugar Hill Location is on St. Nicholas Avenue right by 147th Street.  The corner townhouse closed earlier in the year for $3.75 million but might not be the record holder anymore for 2015.  Archival image courtesy NYPL

BESPOKE: SUNFLOWERS ON ASTOR ROW 2015

Last year we noticed a few sunflowers growing in one of the front yards over on historic Astor Row and now this summer has brought about an entire garden. The landmark townhouses over on West 130th Street by Lenox Avenue had been constructed over 100 years ago to have the aesthetic of a proper country home which included wood porches out front.  Other houses on the block have planted fruit trees, Japanese maples and rose bushes to further along the bucolic ambiance.  For more history on Astor Row, check out our past post on the time Brooke Astor visited the legendary homes and founded a charity to have them fixed up after decades of neglect: LINK

DWELL: 206 WEST 137TH STREET INTERIORS

Interior photos of 206 West 137th Street have now been released and the Central Harlem 2-family home going for $2.5 million surprisingly has most of the original details within.  We definitely like this charming block located between 7th and 8th Avenue but wondered what the inside condition of the house would look like.  Central Harlem tends to have homes with alterations or featureless gut renovations but this beauty is one of the most intact that we have seen in some time.  There is even original plasterwork on the ceilings which is a rare sight uptown and the bathrooms are also beautifully preserved.  It all probably needs a good polish but this property definitely has great bones.  More on Streeteasy: LINK