Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New York City's Narrowest House

New York City's narrowest townhouse (9 1/2 ft. wide) is located at 75 1/2 Bedford St., off Seventh Ave. between Commerce and Moore Streets in Greenwich Village. On the inside, it measures 8 ft. 7 in. wide; at its narrowest, it’s 2 ft. wide. From the facade to the rear garden the house is a cozy 30 ft. deep. It is a three-story red-brick structure where regular as well as famous people have lived, including the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. According to the archives of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the house was constructed in 1873 during a smallpox epidemic, for Horatio Gomez, trustee of the Hettie Hendricks-Gomez Estate, on what was the former carriage entranceway (with stables to the rear) between numbers 75 and 77. 

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