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#1 American Radiator Building
This masterful gothic art-deco building stands at 23 stories just south of Bryant Park. It was designed by Raymond Hood and built in 1924 for the American Radiator Company. The bronze on top of the black is no accident. The building’s design is represents the conversion of energy; the black granite represents coal, and the bronze plating, fire.
#2 The Gingerbread House
This 5,700-square-foot Bay-Ridge mansion is straight out of a fairytale. The house was built in 1917 by James Sarsfield Kennedy for a shipping merchant by the name of Howard Jones, and is comprised of uncut stone and features roll-top roofing. The Gingerbread House has been on the market for several years, and is currently for sale with a price tag of $10.5 million.
#3 East Village Brownstone With Retractable Wall
It looks like a regular building, but the triplex at 224 East 14th street actually has a fully retractable wall that opens like a garage door. Bill Peterson, the architect who purchased the condo in 2008, installed garage door-style walls in the front and back, for a total of $1.8 million. The front opens onto the street and the back onto a private garden and cabana.
#4 Pomander Walk
Again, less like real life and more like something out of Gulliver’s Travels, Pomander Walk is a rare piece of living New York history. This colony of tudor style townhouses was the venture of Irish immigrant and hotelier, Thomas Healy, in 1921. Pomander Walk was named after a play of the time by the same name. There are 28 houses in all, designed to resemble 19th century English townhouses. The tiny upper west side treasure was officially declared a landmark by the city in 1982.