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This adorable rooftop cottage is currently for sale in the East Village

Will Gleason

The worst thing about taking a summer getaway in New York is usually the process of just getting to your destination. Whether you’re scurrying underground through Penn Station or stuck in traffic on the Hampton Jitney, the road to beachy vibes is often paved with angrily-thrown luggage and arguments with loved ones.

Fortunately, if you have a couple extra million dollars and a whimsical aesthetic, you may never have to go through that trying experience again. A new penthouse apartment that just hit the market in the East Village features a once-in-a-lifetime amenity: A rooftop Cape Cod-style cottage just one flight of stairs away. 

As anyone who’s drunkenly stumbled out of Boilermaker at 2am while looking up at the sky in confusion can tell you, there’s a remarkably incongruous tiny cottage on the roof of a building by the intersection of 1st and 1st. For years, the story behind the prominent cedar-shake structure was a mystery. But last month, the New York Post unveiled its owner: Gale Barrett Shrady. Her late husband built the romantic little abode on the roof of their apartment building back in the ‘80s.

Now, Shrady has decided to sell both their three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom duplex inside the building as well as the conspicuous, Nantucket-inspired cottage above it. It’s the first time the enviable cottage has ever been on the market, and it's currently listed, along with the penthouse, for a cool $3.5 million. But after thinking about fighting your way thorough Penn Station on a Friday afternoon to get to some distant shingled shack, that price may seem just about right.

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