Cabins and cottages on top of Manhattan roofs

Who says you can’t have your own secret little cabin perched high in the sky in the middle of Manhattan?

It looks like one tenement owner made a cabin-like home complete with a shingled roof on top of this otherwise ordinary tenement on East 57th Street at about First Avenue.

It’s nothing fancy, but there’s a little fence around the edge of the roof, creating something of a front yard six flights up in the air. And the door even has an awning.

The people who made the 57th Street cabin have nothing on the cottage dwellers who occupy this beachy home perched on the roof of Third Avenue and 13th Street. (See the for sale ad and interior photos from 2015 courtesy EV Grieve.)

And then there’s the lucky inhabitants on top of 719 Greenwich Street in the West Village, who opened their porch (look, a porch swing!) and gave the New York Times a peek into their hidden tenement-top cottage in 2006.

[Third photo: New York Times]

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8 Responses to “Cabins and cottages on top of Manhattan roofs”

  1. papershots Says:

    Had no idea of these… I guess most of these you can’t really notice while walking in the street.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes, New York’s roofs hold many secrets….

  3. Pat Regan Says:

    There is a great house on the roof of the building on Bway and 13th Street on the Northwest corner. I knew the guy who previously owned it. Super cool!

  4. Zoé Says:

    These are brilliant! I want to live in the one in the first photo…

    Just last night I was looking at the architecture of Friedenreich Hundertwasser. A painter artist who designed buildings (w/ an architect) incorporating oddly placed balconies & trees & bushes *within* & *without* the buildings on all levels. I know of at least one in Germany & one in Vienna. (Not sure how many there are). I would love to have a tree growing *inside* my building! (Vs only the woodsy looking mushrooms my neighbour on E.1rst St had growing from the ceiling above his bathtub).

    And of course now there is a whole ‘green roof’ architectural movement.

    Here is one of Herr Hundertwasser’s apartment buildings called ‘Hundertwasserhaus’ (=Hundertwasser’s building/house). Mixed residential & commercial use I think.

  5. David H Lippman Says:

    Utterly charming…what New York needs.

  6. Bob Says:

    The owner of the rooftop cabin at 719 Greenwich Street is suing the Department of Buildings. DOB–after first approving the cabin–has now fined him and is now ordering a new Certificate of Occupancy (or in the alternative presumably the removal of the cabin).

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