Oft-Ogled East Village Rooftop Cottage Gets Paint Job

Posted on: November 6th, 2018 at 5:06 am by

It’s one of the most intriguing architectural accomplishments in the neighborhood. No, not Essex Crossing.

Now, that Cape Cod style cottage perched atop First Avenue is getting a much-needed makeover. We spotted workers painting the oft-ogled structure late last week, whitewashing well-weathered shingles.

The enclosure itself is part of the duplex penthouse unit at 72 East First Street. The rooftop addition dates back to about 1980 when late sculptor/activist Henry Merwin Shrady III purchased the building. He kept the top two floors for his family, and would later construct the cottage, a studio apartment with a kitchenette, full bathroom, and wraparound terrace. Shrady’s wife, Gale, eventually sold the apartment and its gem beach house last year for $3.75 million.

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