The hidden houses of New York

The hidden houses of New York

Date
June 25, 2015

Pauline Morrissey

This bucolic cabin is located on a roof in ManhattanThis bucolic cabin is located on a roof in Manhattan. Photo: George Steinmetz

When you’re living in a city like New York, every day is an opportunity to discover another mind-blowing piece of real estate dream. Some strange and surprising finds are hidden in plain sight, while others are so extravagant, your average New Yorker may never gain the privilege to see them. From a rooftop cottage, to a converted substation fit for a billionaire, we’ve rounded up six of the city’s most amazing best-kept secrets.

Bucolic cabin on a roof in Manhattan

This bucolic cabin is located on a roof in ManhattanThis bucolic cabin is located on a roof in Manhattan Photo: George Steinmetz

This bucolic rooftop cabin spotted by photographer George Steinmetz and located in the West Village, Manhattan, has answered the good ol’ question: Should you locate to the suburbs, or should you live in the city? To which owners David Puchkoff and Eileen Stukane responded with: Why can’t we have both? If you’ve ever dreamt of a country life, sitting on the porch in a rocking chair, yet still with the comfort of knowing that Starbucks is only minutes away – this is proof that the dream is possible, the only bad thing is, someone else is living it.

Rooftop Cottage above penthouse on East Village  


Speaking of rooftop dream homes; take a look at this amazing cottage on top of yet another New York building. Because let’s face it – the only thing better than a $4.4 million penthouse, located at the corner of East 13th Street and 3rd Avenue, is having a rooftop cottage on top of it. But wait, there’s more. According to the Corcoran listing, there is more than one cottage, and there are two private garden terraces to go with them. Whoever said you can’t have it all, obviously lied.

Radio City Music Hall’s Secret Apartment

Attention music lovers, this one’s for you! As a token of appreciation, the architects of Radio City Music Hall built a lavish apartment, complete with leather club chairs, velvet curtains, and murals for Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel, the impresario who produced the theatre’s glamorous shows. High above the stage, Roxy entertained Hollywood’s elite, including Samuel Goldwyn and Alfred Hitchcock. After his death, the apartment was forgotten and disused, but today it’s kept in pristine condition and rented out for private parties. So the next time you want to sip cocktails under the same golden ceiling as the leading lights of the 1930s did, Radio City Music Hall has the perfect glittering apartment, tucked away high above its famous stage.

English inspired secret little world on the Upper West Side 

Walking along onto 95th Street from Broadway, it may seem like your ordinary Upper West Side block: concrete pavements, apartment buildings, and fire escapes. But if you care to dig a little deeper you will find a Narnia-like staircase leading to an unexpected row of Tudor-style, British-like houses. Carved into 63 co-op apartments, Pomander Walk boasts  charming English gardens, flowering window boxes, and twinkling street lights. What makes this hidden gem even more appealing is its “No Entrance” sign that greets you at the locked gates, leaving curious passers-by to only  peek through and allowing our imaginations to run wild.

Miniature rainforest inside a Midtown Manhattan office building

For those of us  who feel like we live at work, we often involuntarily call our office  our home away from home. So it’s only natural we squeeze this little gem on the list. Hidden away on East 43rd Street, this tropical jungle can be found inside the Henry and Edsel Ford’s humanitarian charity organisation building. Soaring 12 storeys high and constructed of glass and steel, the building features giant trees, dwarf shrubs, magnolias, and garden terraces which slope down to verdant water pools. And just when you thought this Mother Nature-inspired space couldn’t sound any dreamier – real rainfall is collected on the roof and is added to the steam condensation from inside to water the plants and fill the water pools all year round.

Converted Con Ed Substation fit for a billionaire

What’s a billionaire to do with all that money? Buy a converted Con Ed substation and live in it of course! Camouflaged in its former shell from the outside, this building is located at 421 East 6th Street, and is now an estate worth $25 million. Constructed in 1920 to serve the city’s power needs, the building was altered in the 60s and again in the 80s before it acted as a live-work space for famed sculptor Walter de Maria and his wife, Stephanie Seymour. Even after de Maria’s passing in 2013, this 16,402-square-foot structure boasting  five bedrooms, exposed bricks, a through-floor pulley elevator, cast iron staircases, and ceilings that soar up to 32-feet is still worth a million bucks – and then some.


this article was copied from The hidden houses of New York

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