Check Out These Hidden Rooftop Houses All Over New York City

By Team Agorafy August 16, 2016


Think of a tiny house and you probably imagine a cabin on wheels somewhere in the woods or in the parking lot of an organic food co-op/bookstore in Portland. But New Yorkers do things a little different. With open space here being as rare as a free day on the Pope’s Christmas calendar, creative property owners have looked up for more space. Not just for a hibachi and a lawn chair on the roof-top, we’re talking full-on houses up there. Bringing a whole new meaning to “roof-top party”, these quirky cribs have the advantage of amazing views and the chance to live in a single-family home right here in the big city. Alas, an attached garage is not an option.

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One of the largest is the four “cottages” on 325 W. 52nd. They belong to the owners of the six penthouses in the building. Originally called the “attic rooms”, they are accessible by staircase from each apartment below. All cottages have deck furniture, greenery and fences separating the yards. Not a good idea to play fetch with your dog, though.

Amazingly, these are not the only examples of a house on a house in New York. There’s another one on the corner of 97th and Broadway.  Or this nearly unfathomably cool cottage in Greenwich Village. As you can see from the various photos, New Yorkers will go to great lengths to shorten the commute to their summer house. Do you think anyone in these houses has had a roof-top party on the roof of the house on the roof? So meta. So New York.



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