A new book, “Rooftop Gardens: The Terraces, Conservatories and Balconies of New York” reveals lush, tree-lined gardens high in the sky above the bustle and noise of the city.
Co-authored by Denise Calicchio and Roberta Amon, they called on friends and connections made over years in New York’s high-end real estate business to get access to these spectacular gardens that are rarely overlooked and totally invisible from the city streets below.
“It’s really a fantasy world above New York,” Amon said. “This is the epitome of luxury. A lot of people work all week and it’s their weekend retreat.”
Owning a rooftop garden or conservatory involves hiring a gardener with unusual skills. They require complex irrigation systems to supply water and mowings and weeds cannot be thrown over the fence! By law, furniture must be bolted down lest a sudden wind blows any of it out of the garden and on to pedestrians below. And some of these gardens are as high as the 76th floor.
While we are always up for a challenge when it comes to building conservatories and orangeries, we’ve not built anything above the first floor so far…or anything in Manhattan. But give us a call if you are looking for a conservatory as spectacular as any of these at sea level!