What is this farmhouse doing in the middle of NYC?
The last place you'd except to find a rustic, 19th century farmhouse is right smack dab in the middle of New York City's West Village......
The last place you'd except to find a rustic, 19th century farmhouse is right smack dab in the middle of New York City's West Village... but despite all odds, the quaint little home known to some as Cobble Court has remained safely tucked away among the buildings of the Big Apple-- until now, at least. The property has been put up for sale, and the fate of the unusual landmark remains in the balance.
The farmhouse was actually originally located at 71st and York Ave.-- it's hard to imagine the farmhouse on what is now the Upper East Side. While it was there, it served as a restaurant in the early 1900s, and was also the studio of author Margaret Wise Brown, who wrote Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. In the 60's it came to be rented by the Bernhards, a lovely couple who had fallen in love with the house. However, the Archdiocese of New York purchased it and some surrounding properties that they planned to knock down to build a nursing home. The Bernhards, however, were reluctant-- not even cold, hard cash could tempt them to leave, so an agreement was reached; the Bernhards would move, and the house would move with them. They loaded the building onto a flatbed truck, and plopped it down onto the vacant lot in Greenwich Village, where it still stands today. They even moved the original cobblestones from the old location to the new spot, and have one of the most enviable gardens in the city. And don't worry if you feel awkward for looking at the house-- the fence was specifically built with wide enough space between the bars so people could still admire the house's charm.
The house changed hands once more in 1988, and the new owners worked to further restore the house; their efforts earned them recognition from the Greenwich Historical Society. Now the property is up for sale again-- and the listing, which described the area as a "blank canvas for a developer" recieved a lot of backlash. But, although the listing's description has removed the "blank canvas" bit, the house's future is still uncertain. Hopefully whoever purchases the property intends on keeping the house-- or someone picks it up and moves it again.
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