Rounding out rooftop-mania Friday at Curbed, a quartet of reader emails:
1) A Curbed reader emails, "Regarding the third avenue and 13th street cabin: i heard that it was owned by a coen brother. urban myth?" Adds another reader, "the coen brothers, filmmakers, own a log cabin somewhere atop in gramercy park area."
2) Concerning that Upper West Side rooftop retreat (seen here), a Curbed reader emails, "My parents used to own - and just sold - the roof-top house at 320 West End (NE corner of 75th). Amazingly, I can't tell if that's their old place or not, because I'm not used to looking at it from across the street. They had a juliet balcony on the second floor, but I think it would have been on the side not shown. Anyway, their house looked out on a very similar house across the way, which we were always told used to be James Taylor/Carly Simon's. (Don't know if that's true.) My parents' place was nice, but the elevator only ran to the penthouse, and from there you had to take a flight of (indoor) stairs up to the roof, which is ultimately why my parents sold. The people who owned one of the downstairs penthouses bought the house; they'll have an amazing triplex and won't have to deal with the elevator problem. My parents finally abandoned West End for the village." UPDATE: Our correspondent emails, "Just talked to my mom. She checked and confirmed the pictured house was theirs. She's glad her plants still look healthy, but wishes you could have run the picture before they sold it earlier this summer."
3) Emails another reader, "I?ve always heard that the clothing designer Betsey Johnson lives in that cabin atop Peretz Square [at 1st and 1st]. But I have no way of proving that."
4) Feeling ready to DIY after all this rooftop coverage? A Curbed reader offers an answer: "I met their representative for TopPenthouse.com at the BuildingsNY exhibition earlier this week at the Javits Center. They can fabricate and finish these things for $150 - $200 a sq/ft, or so the lady said. A simple installation can cost another $175 or so a sq/ft, which means you can build an apartment -- sorry, penthouse -- for under $400 a sq/ft. Of course, you need the land. Or the roof."