Similar tragedies have been happening to houses and townhouses in Manhattan and Brooklyn for as long as I have been browsing Zillow. For whatever reason, I love to spend hours looking at real estate I can never afford. I look at either freestanding houses (vanishingly rare in Manhattan) or townhouses (still in short supply) and I set the "built before" date to either 1900, 1915, or 1850 according to my mood. I imagine that I have won the lottery and can choose one gorgeous historic property to buy. I've seen many stunners from the Federal era (my favorite) to Victorian…


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