Who Lives There – A Face in the Crowd | NY Times

By STEVEN KURUTZ

Published: August 13, 2008

Pumpkin House - NY Times - GWB

The home has a breathtaking panorama that looks across the river to the Palisades and sweeps grandly from the George Washington Bridge, pictured, up to the Tappan Zee. (Photo: Piotr Redlinski | The NY Times)

WHEN a building is perched atop a ridge that happens to be the highest natural point in Manhattan, cantilevered over a cliff like one of those engineering marvels that are affixed to California hillsides, it tends to attract attention. In the case of a three-story brick house just north of the George Washington Bridge, it has been given its own nickname: the Pumpkin House.

The name refers to the image created by the house’s lighted windows. “I would see the house and think, good god, it does look like a big pumpkin,” said John Keatts, a tour guide for Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, whose boat trips on the Hudson River offer the best view of the house, at the corner of 186th Street and Chittenden Avenue. At certain hours, especially at sunset, the sun casts an orange glow on the windows: two on top, a center pane and a wide window on the bottom.

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At certain hours, especially at sunset, the sun casts an orange glow on the house, making it look more like a pumpkin. (Photo: Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times)

At certain hours, especially at sunset, the sun casts an orange glow on the house, making it look more like a pumpkin. (Photo: Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times)

The home's owner, William Spink, an interior designer.  (Photo: Piotr Redlinski | The New York Times)

The home’s owner, William Spink, an interior designer. (Photo: Piotr Redlinski | The New York Times)

A glass painting on a door depicts the Pumpkin House and the bridge behind it. (Photo: Piotr Redlinski | The NY Times)

A glass painting on a door depicts the Pumpkin House and the bridge behind it. (Photo: Piotr Redlinski | The NY Times)

The living room mixes old (the paneling, fireplace and painting above it, by John Linton Chapman, are original to the house) and new (a Warhol serigraph of Marilyn Monroe).  (Photo: Piotr Redlinski | The NY Times)

The living room mixes old (the paneling, fireplace and painting above it, by John Linton Chapman, are original to the house) and new (a Warhol serigraph of Marilyn Monroe). (Photo: Piotr Redlinski | The NY Times)

The three-story Pumpkin House rests on a Manhattan cliff just north of the George Washington Bridge. Its nickname comes from the jack-o'-lantern face that it shows to those on or across the Hudson River. (Photo: Joyce Dopkeen | The NY Times)

The three-story Pumpkin House rests on a Manhattan cliff just north of the George Washington Bridge. Its nickname comes from the jack-o’-lantern face that it shows to those on or across the Hudson River. (Photo: Joyce Dopkeen | The NY Times)

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  1. […] was it, Manhattan. I was swimming home. I saw my most favorite house in the whole Manhattan, the Pumpkin House and before I could take last selfie with Alex, the George Washington Bridge flew past me, the […]

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