Morris-Jumel Mansion

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Washington Heights

In the heart of the Jumel Terrace Historic District in Washington Heights, already known for the Morris Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan, the quaint row houses of Sylvan Terrace are tucked away on one of the city’s “secret” streets. The mansion is not only famous for being General George Washington’s temporary headquarters during the Revolutionary War but for hosting dignitaries from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton; in more modern times, “Hamilton” fans may know it as being the spot where the musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda penned songs from the Broadway hit. The historic row of houses, built in the 1880s, was restored by the Landmarks Preservation Commission; 16 Sylvan Terrace was further renovated by its current owners and is now on the market for $1.625 million.

Take a peek inside this historic row house

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Art, Art nerd ny, Events, Features

In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!

The beautiful hills of Governors Island has a new sculpture by British artist Rachel Whiteread, and it is yours to discover through the entire season. Bring a tote or a T and get a custom screen print by Brian Leo, or head to GHOST art lounge to talk all things about artists JMR and CRASH. Head outdoors for a day time dance party at MoMA PS1, for a French film at Tompkins Square Park or to the gorgeous Morris-Jumel Mansion for live art and jazz. Celebrate sound at Pioneer Works, or if you’re feeling adventurous; hop a train to Asbury Park for sun, surf and the Art Star Craft Bazaar.

More on all the best events this way

Daily Link Fix

+Pool, NYC floating pool
  • A round-up of nine river-based proposals for NYC. [Web Urbanist]
  • When traveling, doesn’t it always seem like your belongings multiply on the way back? There’s a suitcase for that. [Dornob]
  • Here’s what Christmas shopping in New York looked like 100 years ago. [Ephemeral NY]
  • If you miss having an entire house to decorate for the holidays, you can help decorate the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion this Saturday. [Harlem Bespoke]

Images: +Pool (L); Fugu Luggage (R)

Historic Homes, Interiors, Recent Sales

431 West 162nd Street, Jumel Terrace neighborhood, most expensive townhouse in Washington Heights

Acknowledged back in June as the most expensive townhouse in Washington Heights, this historic home at 431 West 162nd Street was met with skepticism from local bloggers. They cited its “colorful wall-to-wall carpeting” and the dearth of immediate amenities in the area. But according to city records, the townhouse has sold for $2.38 million, less than $200,000 under its $2.5 million asking price and still higher than any other townhouse in the area. Looks like Washington Heights gets the last laugh here.

Take a look inside the home that beat the odds

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