Wednesday, December 07, 2005

57 East 54th Street

Manhattan > Midtown > East 54th Street

Built in 1888, this well-preserved "grand dame" of a rowhouse was originally built as a set of identical 19th-century brownstoned triplets. Always in the ownership of ONE family at a time, the home once belonged to Clement Clark Moore's grandson, who had a son -- as well as other daughter-poor families. Nevertheless, two little girls in long dresses haunt the premises, one dressed in lilac shrouded by a white apron. Their spirits have been seen in the second floor dining salon - - during daytime. And the tykes can be especially noisy on the landing when a solitary female is in the third floor Ladies Room. Occasionally, a bearded gentleman in a frock coat accompanies one girl.
• • Who are these restless entities?

Illustration: courtesy of Barbara Bart

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