Outdoor space is most New Yorkers’ ultimate real estate wish. We initially hunt for more light, bigger rooms and better locations, but even after you’ve found a great apartment, it’s impossible to not eventually hope for a place to plant a garden to sit outside. While the reality of an amazing rooftop garden feels about a hundred years away for me, for some New Yorkers, it’s sitting right in front of them. Rizzoli recently released a book full of those people’s homes called Rooftop Gardens: The Terraces, Conservatories, and Balconies of New York and I’m totally hooked.
When I first moved to NYC I would wander down fancy streets and try to get a glimpse inside people’s homes, but after eight years here all I want to do is look up. I find myself hunting for little terraces and rooftop gardens to see who’s really got a space worth coveting. Rooftop Gardens is full of those spaces, some of which are larger than most of our apartments combined. While the larger gardens in the book can feel a tad formal for me, there are some really spectacular small spaces in its pages that feel relatable and even (one day) attainable in their scale. I love seeing what people do with their outdoor rooms and if you enjoy the combination of fresh air, a great view and spaces that have been considered so carefully every inch of real estate is used, this book is for you. For me it’s a reminder that there are still spaces left in New York where trees grow and people can find a glimpse of the river or sky that isn’t invaded by honking cars, billboards or skyscrapers. Click here to order the book online. xo, grace
*If you already have an outdoor space and need tips for decorating, click here to check out Kevin’s post from last week.