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Gothamist unearths a 1929 account of a man visiting a penthouse for the first time, ending all his misconceptions that penthouses were rooftop shacks: "The 'little shack' turned out to be a ten-room mansion in the sky. On the roof level were three large, high-ceilinged living rooms, each with fireplace, cavernous closet and French doors to the tiled roof outside. There was a solarium for sunbathing. And on the floor below were three master and four maids’ bedrooms." The asking price? $142,000. [Gothamist]