Oft-Ogled East Village Rooftop Cottage Gets Paint Job
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.