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High-up hideaways of the rich
THEY’RE on top of the world! In a city starved for space, nothing says wealth — or luck — like a rooftop oasis. Aerial photographer Alex S. MacLean captured a rare bird’s eye view of these little slices of heaven in his new book “Up on the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces” (Princeton University Press).“You get a sense that there’s a whole world going on right above us,” MacLean said. “When you’re down on the street, you have no idea.” MacLean took the pictures from a helicopter without the knowledge of owners; his book contains no details about the spaces.But The Post reached out to some of the rooftop denizens to see what life is like above the rabble.— By SUSANNAH CAHALAN and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
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The city’s most impressive secret garden (more like secret farm) is 35 flights up in Battery Park at the home of high-powered financial lawyer Fred Rich. With the help of his “team,” headed up by rooftop farmer Annie Novak, his 2,000-square-foot terrace has seen a wide array of edibles: grapes, apples, pears, berries, kale, broccoli and tomatoes.
“I feel incredibly privileged to be able to pick and eat fresh fruit and vegetables in the city; the flavor of fresh-picked food is incomparable,” Rich told The Post. There’s only one space that’s not covered in green grass: his outdoor yoga studio (the flat, crosst-hatched space in the
middle). The view of the Freedom Tower and Hudson River is all the sweeter in an upward-facing dog pose.