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Nestled in a region full of forests, farms, and state parks, the InstaFamous Black A-Frame is just a short two hour drive from Manhattan. The starkly black cabin epitomizes the ultimate modern weekend escape from the city. A weekend we had the opportunity to participate in with owner, Jeremy Parker, and his eclectic circle of foodie friends.
We felt like it was such an interesting structure with a lot of potential, so we said ‘Fuck it’ and put an offer in.
Stepping into the structure, you’ll find sharply angled walls and tastefully minimal décor throughout. Chill vibes accompanied by Nina Simone spinning on vinyl means we’re popping organic bottles of red, filling up glasses, and heading out to the front deck to hang, chat, and munch on a beautifully prepared smorgasbord of cheeses, fresh baked bread, and salumi by the fire pit on a perfectly chill mid-summer day.
“We entertained the idea of getting out and seeing more nature,” Jeremy Parker said. He and his partner, Carlos, still live together in Manhattan’s Chinatown for the majority of the year.
The couple had a simple plan: to have a place to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives.
Finally, one weekend, the two decided to take a drive upstate. They looked at some properties, one of which was that little A-frame structure in Kerhonkson, New York, just two hours north.
The A-frame’s previous owners were elderly and hadn’t done much up keep to the property. “We felt like it was such an interesting structure with a lot of potential, so we said ‘Fuck it’ and put an offer in.”
“As a kid, I always wanted to be an architect,”Jeremy said. The Black A-Frame became the perfect project to put those aspirations to work. “We basically gutted it and worked with a contractor to fix the plumbing, electrical, and all that stuff,”. However, keeping the energy, history, and character of the space was vital.
“We kept all the wood elements in their original condition. We never refinished the floors, which draws attention to the original layout of the house. You can see where the old kitchen and bedrooms were. Even the mezuzah that was left behind still sits on the ledge of the door. We could never remove such a blessing”.
We are furniture and design nerds. We also love music. We’ve been collecting various vintage furniture, contemporary art, vintage radios, and turntables. We finally have a place to showcase them all!”.
From the moment you step inside, the Black A-Frame simply envelops you in calm and coziness, with rustic yet modern décor and atmospheric tunes always on deck.
Weekend trips to the Black A-Frame followed, with friends coming along, hiking local trails, exploring the Minnewaska State Park ice caves, and swimming in the two large lakes nearby.
“But our favorite thing is to wake up and just hear nothing in the morning,” Jeremy said. “We take our time, make coffee, hang with the chipmunks, and watch the birds in the front yard”. The Black A-Frame became everything the two had hoped it could be.