Talk about having your cake and eating it, too, a family in the West Village has brought a little country into the city by plopping a bucolic meadow and a classic front porch on the roof of their Manhattan apartment building.

With research and architectural planning, they figured out how to plant out a 1,200-sq-ft sedum roof that wouldn’t compromise the structural integrity of the building. On the contrary, it would offer natural insulation and prevent excessive storm run-off, all while enabling the owners of the top floor apartment to rock in their porch swing and overlook a tranquil green expanse, against the backdrop of the New York City skyline.

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