Feb 23rd 2007 3:20PM Deidre,
I think the word "skinny" is somewhat inappropriate. Most townhouses in NYC aren't that wide to begin with. That said, at least based on the photos, the house looks a lot wider than the 16 feet that you suggest.
Also, since this house is built around the turn of the century, it would have been originally built with dark mahogany as was the style and typical of the period.
If what you are saying is that this house seems very bright and cheerful, then I agree with you - it looks great! And, what a steal at $3.2M for a Manhattan townhouse in the most culturally diverse part of NYC. From the photos, the house looks more consistent with townhouses that are priced at over $10M.