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Yeh or Neigh? NYC Horse Stable Now Luxury Residence

Friday Mar 22, 2013
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A Horse Stable in The Big Apple!

For today’s New Yorkers, a delayed subway train is a transportation nightmare. But living in the city during the nineteenth century posed its own set of transport issues - ones that could only be resolved by horses. Looking back, you may envision romantic carriage rides through Central Park and the serene clip-clap of hooves on gently worn paths. Not so. But it also provides historical inspiration for one of the most unique properties currently available in the New York housing market.

In the 1800s, horses were ridden to and from work and for errands, police patrol, delivery wagons, peddlers’ carts, fire engines, ambulances, omnibuses, cabs and private carriages. The elite had their own private stables but the majority of horses were kept in public stables. By 1880 the horse population in New York and Brooklyn was estimated at 175,000. That equated to three million pounds of manure and 40,000 gallons of urine a day on streets and in stables. That same year New York City removed 15,000 dead horses from the streets.

Aside from disease from flies and manure dust, noise pollution from steel horseshoes on cobblestone was almost unbearable as well as the amount of waste. In winter, when waste disposal was almost impossible, the combination of snow and manure raised the ground surface up to six feet. For those fortunate enough to afford one, the brownstone became the most sought after residence due to its second floor entrance.

The history of the nineteenth century horse stable has made a masterful turnaround at 149 East 38th Street at the George S. Bowdoin Stable in Murray Hill. With its original historic facade and its sweeping contemporary interior, this Queen Anne style building defies its past in every conceivable way.

Currently used as an art and event venue, the 7,400-sqare-foot, 25-foot-wide building would make the perfect residence. The three-story building contains a chef’s kitchen, dining area, office space and fireplace on the second floor with two rooms and a terrace on the third floor. The main floor contains a large reception-living area with soaring ceilings filled with light and a dramatic freestanding stairwell.

Built in 1902, the landmarked George S. Bowdoin Stable is now offered for sale at $8,250,000.

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