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19th Century farmhouse in Greenwich Village could make way for condos

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A former farmhouse that is about 200 years old, located in Greenwich Village, could be moved again to make way for luxury condos.

In the 1940s, Margaret Wise Brown, the author of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon," lived in the house. In 1967, it was moved to Greenwich Village from East 71st Street and York Avenue to make way for a nursing home and to preserve this part of New York history. Now the owners want to sell it. The broker has suggested it could, for $20 million, be a good site for a condo.

Owner Suri Bieler bought the house in 1988 and added an extra room. Neighbors are surprised she wants to sell it. They said she had wanted to live in the house since she was a girl and said she wanted to die there.

The old farm house is a designated landmark, so any work done to it would have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Historic preservationists have said they will fight to protect this part of New York City history. Some of this onetime farmhouse's neighbors want to fight for it as well.

Karyn Pappas lives right above the site in a co-op. She will hold a meeting in her apartment Monday night to discuss how to protect this old, old house.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/home/home.shtml

 

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