It's been a winning week for the Village's rooftops. First, a glorious, coveted cabin poised high above East 13th Street came to market, and now, Gothamist relays word of a bucolic rooftop cottage replete with porch and lawn at 719 Greenwich Street. Color us jealous. The cottage belongs to David Puchkoff and Eileen Stukane, who live on the top floor of the building. A 2006 New York Times article profiling the cottage (yes, you've been walking by it unknowingly for at least that long) says that Puckhoff developed the building and decided to build out the anomalous city structure after a visit to a friend's house in rural Elk Lake, PA.
Although the structure looks like a self-contained house, it's not. The Times explains,
The porch is basically a glorified bulkhead over a hole punched in the ceiling of the family's loft to make way for a nautical stairway that rises to a landing with a galley-like kitchenette, with two paned windows and a door that opens to the roof. Now, the couplehe is a developer, she is a writerdon't have to leave the city to hear the slam of a screen door, or watch a flock of mourning doves pecking for insects and seeds across the meadow. Curious about how the construction and maintenance work? Good thing there's this video explainer.
As the cottage is totally hidden from view at the street level, it begs the question: what other goodness is hiding on New York City's rooftops? As always, the tipline's open.
· Some Urban Homesteader Is Living In A Bucolic Cabin On A Roof In Manhattan [Gothamist]
· A Porch and Flowering Meadow, 6 Floors Up [NYT]
· See Inside the Mysterious Cottage Atop An East Village Building [Curbed]
· All 719 Greenwich Street coverage [Curbed]