Mark (the fellow who still hasn’t explained to me what Mount Vernon is doing in the Upper East Side) sent me a link to another old house in Manhattan: The Dyckman Farm House in Inwood. Here’s what the house looks like on their website:
Wow. It looks like it’s on a cliff, looming high above Inwood. I wondered how the Dyckmans were able to farm on such sloping land. I wondered how they got back to the house after a long day in the fields — is there a road? Where did they put the barns? And what crop grows on the side of a mountain in the northeast?
Then I went to Google Maps and looked up 4881 Broadway (the address of the Dyckman homestead). Here is a street view of the corner of Broadway and 204th Street. The white clapboards peaking out from the trees on the left is the farm house:
Whew. This is a much more sensible place for a farm.
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