So glad to read this article. I married in 1981 and moved into my husband's unrenovated brownstone in Brooklyn. The house was built in 1882 and as we (primarily me), set about working to restore it, I found myself eager to find out who had lived here before us. After a bit of research, I discovered who the first and second owners were and who owned and worked on the property before the house was built (a blacksmith). The first owner became notable as a prominent figure in the then Republican party and was being groomed to be governor. The matriarch of the second family lived in the house for more than 50 years (according to the sale listing in the NY Times) and it is with her that I feel a connection. The house has been well maintained in many ways with almost all of the mahogany woodwork and ceiling plasterwork intact. I can't help but think that she must have loved this house as much as we do. Everyone who comes into the house remarks not just about the lovely architectural details but about the warm, positive "feel" the house exudes. We feel it too and attribute it to past residents who have also felt fortunate to have lived here.
Ghosts of Residents Past A Meditation on Unseen Connections
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