Posts Tagged ‘historic Flatbush’

Dutch farmhouses still standing in New York

March 8, 2010

It’s a bizarre sight: a Dutch farmhouse, built in the 17th or 18th century, near a post-war apartment house or high-rise. On a busy city street, no less.

But this juxtaposition can be found in a handful of places in New York City, like on Broadway at 204th Street in Inwood.

Here you’ll find the Dyckman Farmhouse, above, built in the 1780s. It has the lovely sloping eaves and front porch that make these homes so charming.

As does the Lefferts house, also dating to the 1780s. Bought by the city in 1917 and moved just inside Prospect Park off Flatbush Avenue, it was the home of generations of Lefferts, who farmed in Flatbush.

The Historic House Trust has more info and a map of colonial-era structures throughout the five boroughs.