Gallery: 8 Amazing Hidden Rooftop Houses You’ve Probably Never Noticed ...

From solar arrays and green roofs to exquisite gardens and massive farms, rooftops in New York City boast a lot more than just air conditioners and water towers. Covering our buildings' roofs is a hallmark of sustainable building, and in a dense urban landscape like the Big Apple, it also makes total sense for maximizing our space. While green gardens and relaxing sundecks are no-brainers, what about entire houses? More than a few New Yorkers have turned building rooftops into their own private plots. Not only are these abodes a unique twist on green roofs, but they add some unexpected variety to our concrete jungle. Hit the jump for a look at NYC's sky-high homes.

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  1. William Hunse June 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    As an architect I’d find it very interesting to know the structural design of these buildings. Normally, roof design loads ie the underlying structure, do NOT provide the necessary structural capacity to load them as shown. Nice stuff but I sense a disaster coming, like during a freak snowstorm added to the entire place. That and / or a slow motion train wreck where the failure is NOT noticeable until failure.

  2. Dean.Collins February 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

    this building is either an optical illusion or fake

    the building is 90 west boradway and no the rooftop doesnt have a 3 story structure on top of it (well not as far as i know….

  3. ossie May 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Sorry does not rock my boat now if it was a rooftop build looking over the ocean that is different but looking down on air con units and peoples rubbish does nothing for me.

  4. Archimy May 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I wonder about the legality of these rooftop paradises. Are these like rogue citizens who sneak up to rooftops at night with boards clenched in their teeth or fully accepted building practices? The structural concerns are interesting and maybe a little scary. no footings a couple hundred feet up…yikes. still sign me up!

  5. arcilook May 24, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Look like we got some sort of rooftop living capsule/house/garden trend going on these days…

  6. betonbrut May 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    this is 9 varick.

  7. caeman May 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Very creative! But, I am scared of heights. You city folks and trying to reach for the sky… :)

  8. jk666 May 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I believe this is off Hudson St. somewhere between Houston and Spring.