Living in a Town House or Loft

Living in a Town House or Loft 


A 1913, corner Chelsea loft building offering large expanses, large windows, and large uninterrupted (no interior columns) space, allowing a flexible layout…how’s that for long before its time?

The Architecture of theLoftBuilding

By Frederick Squires

March 15, 1913

It wasn’t long ago that a fire-ruined Fourth avenue building stood idle and deserted with no one ready or daring enough to spend the money to make it habitable.  The same building wouldn’t have to wait long for action now if it were reduced to the same condition.  The time has been used between that day and this in building up a street to an extent never before approached.  The buildings have been lofts, twelve, sixteen and twenty or more stories, and it is about those and similar buildings in the west cross streets in the Twenties that I am going to say a word.


Manhattan Living in a palace…



With shopping nearby…

Manhattan Living – Housekeeping

Good help must have always been hard to find…or why the popularity of apartment hotels throughout town? And, enough so as to warrant a continuing column…so read on.

Multi-family Housekeeping and the Servant Problem

By J.S.

The increasing tendency of families to abandon housekeeping for homes in hotels, creates new problems in hotel housekeeping, and also makes it necessary for hotel managements to give serious attention to some of its older, still unanswered problems.  For these reasons and others we have asked a most competent hotel housekeeper to indicate on what lines her department might be better to meet the inflow of home-seeking people.  This interest subject is hone into with rate intelligence and with fearlessness by the writer.  From time to time we will have articles from stewards, chefs, etc., taking up the betterment of hotel life for private families.

Dealing with contractors…then


Town House Living…then




The Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2010

“Brownstone Diary: The Mess We’re In”


Julia and Vijay Angwin, a professional couple, wanted to live on theUpper West Sidebut couldn’t afford to buy a three-bedroom co-op for $1.825 million. So they bought a dilapidatedHarlembrownstone—a former rooming house—in need of a gut renovation, for the bargain price of $800,000 and hired a contractor willing to do the job for $350,000. Though the house will be worth $2 million when the renovations are complete, the Angwins wonder if they will survive the ordeal with their sanity intact.



The Cooperator, February 2010

“Home Sweet Office”


With mounting layoffs and improved computer technology, the number of New Yorkers working out of their homes has grown exponentially from the 90,580 who were doing so in 2000. But people planning to start a home business must consider both building rules and zoning regulations, which, for example, prohibit advertising agencies, barbershops, and day-care facilities. Even if regulations permit tenants to run a particular business out of their apartment, the bottom line is common sense—be considerate of neighbors, especially when it comes to noise and foot traffic.

MANHATTAN LIVING post suggestions for the Blog. (Numbered 1-8)

From Museum of the City of New York Exhibition through March 20, 2016. Museum of the City of New York, JACOB A. RIIS: REVEALING NEW YORK’S OTHER HALF.


"I Scrubs," Little Katie from the W. 52nd Street Industrial School (since moved to W. 53rd Street).

“I Scrubs,” Little Katie from the W. 52nd Street Industrial School (

since moved to W. 53rd Street).

Jacob A. Riis

On view through March 20, 2016, the exhibition Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half examines the work of Riis, a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer who publicized the crisis in poverty, housing, education, and crime in New York at the turn of the 20th century.

This is the first major retrospective of Riis’s photographic work in the U.S. since the City Museum’s seminal 1947 exhibition, The Battle with the Slum, and for the first time unites the Museum’s Jacob A. Riis Collection—the sole archive of Riis’s images—and the Jacob A. Riis Papers from the Library of Congress.

See the museum’s exhibition online at—


Closeup of area of 1862 map showling location of Audubon's home and modern day gravesite

The Audubon Estate near to the Banks of the Hudson. Foot of West 155th to 156th Street from Broadway. Lith. of Major and Knapp, 444 Broadway, N.Y. Printed in D. T. Valentine’s Manual, 1865.

Once owned by John James Audubon, America’s ornithologist illustrator and naturalist painter, he and his son’s built Minniesland (Lucy Audubon’s nickname) on land purchased in 1841, (left). Married in 1808 to Lucy Bakewell Audubon, the couple continued in the house overlooking the River, (right), with two sons, Victor Gifford and John Woodhouse Audubon.

Throughout her life as Audubon’s wife, Lucy managed mostly without means, and eventually poverty. The William Wheelocks, who lived next door, helped Lucy Audubon following her husband’s death, in 1851. She sold the house, and almost all of the property to the Wheelocks in 1862, and died nearby 12 years later.

After 140 years of ownership, her grandson’s heirs sold the remaining Minniesland property and cottages set among the rivulets running down the cliffs toward the Hudson River (to a developer)—just as the West 155th Street IRT Broadway Line station opened.

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