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4 Of The Craziest Structures In New York City



New York City is home to many architectural marvels. From pragmatic to nostalgic, these buildings also run the gamut of creative intellectual design. There are places in New York City for everyone from all walks of life. If you’re looking for crazy structures. Then take a gander at these crazy places in New York City.

1) American Radiator Building

One of the craziest places in New York City is te American Radiator Building.

This masterful gothic art-deco building stands at 23 stories and is 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 represents the conversion of energy. The black granite represents coal. And the bronze plating represents fire.

2) The Gingerbread House

Exterior shot of 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. The house was paid for by a shipping merchant Howard Jones. The look of it is both charming and alluring. One could picture a wealthy family in 17th Century Germany owning this place. It is comprised of uncut stone. It features unique roll-top roofing. The Gingerbread House has also been on the market for several years and is currently for sale with a price tag of $10.5 million.

If you’re looking for a charming structure that doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of New York City, then this is the place for you.

3) East Village Brownstone With Retractable Wall

Interior shot of a East Village Brownstone with a 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, also installed garage door-style walls in the front and back, for a total of $1.8 million. The front also opens onto the street and the back onto a private garden and cabana.

4) Pomander Walk

Aerial view of Pomander Walk in New York City.

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. Tudor style townhouses make up this colony. It was also the venture of the Irish immigrant and hotelier Thomas Healy. Pomander Walk was named after a play of the time by the same name. There are 28 houses in all. Each designed to resemble 19th century English townhouses. This tiny upper west side treasure was also officially declared a landmark by the city in 1982.

Josh began writing for When In Your State in 2016. Josh is a born native of NYC and went to school in Leeds, and Miami, where he was a staff writer for the Metropolis newspaper. He now resides in Washington Heights. As well as writing for WIYS, Josh cofounded a production team, and does various freelance work.