Even though Friday was rooftop dream day at Curbed, the excitement seems to have carried over through the weekend. In fact, the following message from a patient reader just landed in our inbox: "We need more info on rooftop housing! More! Please! MOORE!"
Luckily, the insatiable appetite for information on apartment-top homes is ably satisfied by the willingness of those in-the-know to share their scraps. The Curbed tipster who sent us last week's Upper West Side beauty also contributed the above, noting:
i went out on the balcony, and i saw another. Here's a pic...it looks like it's on 77th and Broadway, and pretty "euro" looking. Maybe the UWS has a thing for rooftop houses or something. It seems like if I can easily see two from my roof, there must be tons more hiding out.Indeed, Curbed readers. And your mission? Find them. All of them! After the jump: more elevated emails from all you beautiful people, including a surprise twist ending! · On the hotly-debated Coen-owned home: "FYI: One of the Coen brothers owns his cabin atop a building on East 32nd between 2 & 3rd about midblock on the North side. My friend lives across the street and you can see it from her roof. Its like a little scale model with teeny pine trees and everything."
· On the history: "For several decades beginning about the turn of the 20th century, superintendents of industrial buildings (with apartment buildings to follow), began "living in", probably for security reasons. Initially supers built small lean-to buildings around the staircase entrance to the roof. Later larger one room buildings with fireplaces began to appear. During the depression, rooftop gardens were added, some with greenhouses. When buildings began going condo, these little rooftop rooms with great views became more and more valuable. No matter how grand a residence today, these spaces often started as a super shack. Thought you'd like to know."
· On somehow tying this into 70 Washington: A reader sent along this recent Brooklyn Eagle article, which begins, "Cabanas are a great use of a roof that no one would use otherwise," said developer David Walentas of the 22 private rooftop patios he is creating at the 70 Washington Street Condominiums in DUMBO. "And because of DUMBO's spectacular views, it has enormous appeal." Cabana asking price? $200,000.
· Rooftop Mania Friday: Reader Roundup [Curbed]
· Cabanas in DUMBO: New Way to Use Roof Space, Offer Spectacular Views [Brooklyn Eagle, warning: infuriating registration process]