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Inspired by the news about the man in China who built a two-story fortress/mountain structure on the top of an apartment building, we’ve rounded up other buildings in NYC that have structures on top too. They’re not as immense, but full of New York City-quirk.

1. Suburban Spreads on the Upper West Side

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It’s apparently possible to love the urbanity of New York City and still get the suburban American dream. There are two suburban houses atop this pre-war (~1910) apartment building at the corner of 97th and Broadway, one with a chimney. A bird’s eye view from Bing maps shows that there are even front yards!

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Here’s an alternative view from Google Earth: where you can see a backyard on one of the units:

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Here are the two units from the side, where you can see the pattern on the apartments has been nicely continued onto the suburban house:

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2. Lighthouse on top of Building

The building at 945 Summit Avenue in the Bronx was once the headquarters of H.W. Wilson, a publishing company, known for its Readers Guide to Periodical Literature. The lighthouse was part of the company logo, symbolizing the mission of H.W. Wilson: “To give guidance to those seeking their way through the maze of books and periodicals, without which they would be lost.” It’s now the headquarters of Tuck-it-Away storage. More about this building here.

3. Beach House in the East Village

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This Hamptons-esque beach house was first spotted by Scouting NY on the corner of 1st Avenue and 1st Street. We spy some moss growing on it since Scout first posted about it in 2009.

4. Mansard Roof Ski Chalet

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Image Source: Inhabitat

This adorable addition, dubbed the ski chalet by ScoutingNY is located between 77th and 78th Street, in the middle of the block between Broadway and Amsterdam. Here are some close-ups from the ground:

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5. Wooden House in the East Village

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A reader of ScoutingNY spotted this wooden house on top of the Kiehl’s Store on 13th Street and 3rd Avenue. Here are a few close-ups:

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6. This One’s Not Real

This was a rather famous image for a while, especially after Inhabitat posted it, but it’s actually an optical illusion, as pointed out by a commenter on Flickr. The building behind looks like it’s a modern addition atop the building in the foreground.

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 Have you seen any others in NYC? Get in touch with the author @untappedmich

Update: Untapped reader Matt Brothers submitted a house he found on top of an apartment building after reading our roundup yesterday. This one’s on 85th and Columbus Avenue, also on the Upper West Side. More details here.

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2 Comments

  1. P Gavan says:

    In 1917 Abercrombie & Fitch — then a sporting goods store — moved into a 12-story building on Madison Avenue at East 45th Street. It included a luxuriously furnished rooftop log cabin that Fitch made his town house, with an adjoining casting pool. The cabin was also the site of the first Adirondack Mountain Club meetings. I’d love to find an old picture of this!

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