It's a shock to find a once familiar house looking like this. It's as if a sci-fi ray gun dissolved the flesh but left the bones.
Morningside has some great old homes but it's not an historic district. Many are just old and tired. They don't suit the upscale demographic. Morningside is hot.
From what I understand, the more of the original house you keep, the easier the permitting process and perhaps the cheaper the build out. I guess every developer/builder/architect considers all the options and makes a choice.
But this is spooky.
There is a building permit sign but that's no guarantee that work will proceed.
We Morningsiders might wake up one day to find something like this next door.
I hope well financed experienced professionals are on top of it. This small house on a tiny lot will be a $million plus. It will probably sell in a hurry even in this market.
That's probably a good thing for us. Not so good if you live next door and the financing falls through.
Asher Durand, The Catskills, 1859
2 hours ago