Hidden-away homes on New York City rooftops

Often charming yet sometimes hideous, these high-up houses built above the tree line on top of tenements, walkups, and lofts make up a secret city of their own.

I’ve always gotten a kick out of this pink box of a home overlooking Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, with its sliding doors and table and chairs.

This cute two-story number is on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. I’m sure the view is fab, but even better, it sits on top of the old Ex-Lax factory building, now a residence. 

Perched precariously on a Delancey Street tenement is this McMansion-esque three-story house. No, it’s not exactly hidden. But it is quite a sight. Who? Why?

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6 Responses to “Hidden-away homes on New York City rooftops”

  1. petey Says:

    from my mum’s 17th-floor apt i see some of these in yorkville.

  2. TadAllagash Says:

    I saw that home on top of the building on Delancey when I lived down that way. I would see it and think “wow, who the hell is living like that in Downtown Manhattan. It must be freakin’ David Bowie…”

    Not sure who it is, but it is truly awesome.

  3. Diallo Says:

    @ Tad

    I know what you mean. Seen that place too when I lived down near the corner of Delancey and Allen.


  4. Farm Says:

    There is a trailer on top of one of the old loft buildings on Wythe Ave. in Williamsburg in the vicinity of N 11th St.

    We would watch the fireworks on my friend’s roof every year, and admire whoever was able to get an actual trailer up there.

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