Manhattan’s Oldest Home Is for Sale — Got $8.9 Million?


Wish to dwell like historic New York Metropolis royalty? It’ll solely value you a shade underneath $9 million.

The Federal-style constructing at 44 Stuyvesant Avenue in what’s now New York Metropolis’s East Village neighborhood is on the market on the open marketplace for the primary time ever. The oldest constructing in Manhattan used constantly as a residence, it was in-built 1795 for a pair from households that bore two of the town’s most illustrious names.

Nicholas William Stuyvesant was the great-great-grandson of Peter Stuyvesant, the final director-general of what was then known as New Netherland, and, via his mom, a member of the famous Livingston and Beekman households. His bride, Catherine Livingston Reade, was a descendant of each Joseph Reade, a distinguished service provider who was a member of the governor’s council and performed a job within the 1765 Stamp Act (one of many occasions that finally led to the American Revolution), and Robert Livingstone, a colonial assemblyman who was himself the son of the inimitable Alida Schuyler. (If you happen to dwell in or ever go to New York, these names will all sound acquainted to you because the names of streets and landmarks.)

Each have been cousins to a few of the most influential and essential folks in New York Metropolis and all the way in which as much as Canada. By way of Alida Schuyler, Reade was a member of the highly effective Schuyler household (as within the sisters from “Hamilton“), via whom she shared ancestry with the Van Rensselaer household, Teddy Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt and George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush — amongst many others. Stuyvesant’s family members, lifeless and residing, embody Revolutionary Struggle Gen. Nicholas Fish, New York Metropolis Mayor Nicholas Bayard, author Loudon Snowden Wainwright Jr. and singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

Stuyvesant constructed the house particularly for the household he would have with Reade, on farmland initially owned by his great-great-grandfather, the Seventeenth-century Dutch director-general. It was an enormous household, too: six sons and three daughters, who inhabited 44 Stuyvesant’s many rooms — it’s 3,300 sq. toes and three tales and now has 5 bedrooms, 4 and a half bogs and eight fireplaces. (New York Metropolis has banned the development of recent fireplaces since 2014, so in case you’re a New Yorker who’s actually into making s’mores indoors, that is the place for you.) It has most of the authentic options from when it was in-built 1795.

In 1969, 44 Stuyvesant was among the many first buildings added to the checklist of protected buildings by the newly created New York Metropolis Landmarks Preservation Fee, changing into a part of the St. Marks Historic District, and is one in every of solely three residential buildings from the 18th century nonetheless standing in Manhattan — and the one one used constantly as a residence. The home finally left the Stuyvesant household and was bought privately from household to household till now.

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