12. 93 Perry Street

Scouting New York uncovered a hidden courtyard in the West Village at 93 Perry Street. According to them, it is an example of a “back house,” or a territory built behind a main dwelling before the restrictive property laws of the 1860s-70s that aimed to prevent overcrowding. Scouting New York further states that the building was created in 1827, with arched French-styled windows on the second floor offering great views of the courtyard.

Local lore contends that the famous horror author H.P. Lovecraft paid a visit to 93 Perry Street, writing of it, “The archaic lanes and houses and unexpected bits of square and court had indeed delighted me.”