In the stink! Famed pink house pulled off the market in legal dispute

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Don’t believe everything you read: The famous “Pink House” of Garfield Place is not for sale.

Bloggers and even the Daily News were buzzing this week that Bernie Henry, who famously painted his classic Park Slope brownstone salmon pink in the 1960s, was selling the empty nest and moving to a smaller place nearby.

But the house is not on the market, a real-estate source told The Brooklyn Paper, because Henry’s grandson is under investigation for forging key documents that have put a cloud over who has legal ownership of the building.

The so-called “bubble gum brownstone” has been the talk of Park Slope for decades — but no more so than a month ago, when Henry put it up for sale with an asking price of $2.295 million, said Geraldine Griffin of Heights Berkeley Realty, which has removed the listing from its Web site.

“It’s a good price for a four-story, three family brownstone,” she said. “People only know the outside, but there are wonderful Victorian details inside. It’ll need new kitchens and bathrooms, but the bones are fantastic.”

Griffin did not mention the home’s most important exterior feature — the flushed finish that Henry repainted to be even more pink three years ago. A buyer could undo the signature look, but some Park Slopers think that would be a shame.

“It’s like anything else in life,” said one resident of the block, who didn’t want to be quoted. “At first, you hate it because it’s new. But then you come to love it. And then you don’t want it to ever change.”

Updated 6:14 pm, October 15, 2009
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