U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New York > New York City
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
Old 10-08-2015, 09:48 AM
11,493 posts, read 5,565,327 times
Reputation: 5949


Originally Posted by BugsyPal View Post
Once again Google is your friend: The 20 Oldest Buildings in New York City - The Way Back Machine - Curbed NY

There are scores if not hundreds of residential buildings from the 1800's still standing and in use all over Manhattan and the rest of NYC. On Third Avenue and 83rd Street across from Food Emporium there is a building with a top date stone that reads 1863 or some such.

You also have commercial buildings (mostly low rise) all over the City (especially in Manhattan) that once were townhouses/brownstones but have been converted to retail throughout and or that on ground floor with offices above. All over Chelsea and lower mid-town especially 23rd Street to 34th Street from about Lexington going west you find a good number of such buildings. You have to look carefully and or search out the original CofO but they are there.

One way to determine a larger residential buildings age is to see which of the tenement laws it conforms to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Law_Tenement

This can be difficult from the street because the façades of a row of buildings hides interior air spaces.

Case in point right now Icon Properties is tearing down half a block along Second Avenue between 80th and 81st. For perhaps the first time in over a hundred years when those buildings went up you can see what things looked like behind the façade. New York
I already googled it, my question was more specific than "what are the oldest buildings in NYC?".
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 10-08-2015, 03:33 PM
9,938 posts, read 7,698,582 times
Reputation: 4702
Originally Posted by Kefir King View Post
The City built from South to North, so for old Manhattan homes, look at brownstones South of Canal Street.

Outlying boroughs were wooden farmhouses, long since destroyed by fire, termites or developers.

Oldest House in City, 1652:

Speaking of, stone st and the seaport could have some of the oldest standing buildings that are still being used as residential.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New York > New York City
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top