The Oldest House in New York City
New York City can trace back its roots to the free and liberal city of Amsterdam in the 17th century. The Wyckoff House is the only house in New York City that is from that period when the Republic of the Netherlands ruled part of North America.
PIETER CLAESEN WYCKOFF HOUSE, BROOKLYN (1652)
Hidden between modern skyscrapers and nineteenth-century row houses are remnants of the City’s Dutch past. While the Bronx and Manhattan only have a couple of vestiges of their Dutch past remaining, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island still possess numerous remnants from that era. Below, we explore the oldest building in New York, a 17th-century farmhouse to an 18th-century church.