Landslides Aerial Photography
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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
5 Tudor City Place
This lush, tree-covered, two-story terrace (the left tower) is a Hollywood favorite, featured in “Spider-Man,” “The Bourne Ultimatum” and Woody Allen’s “Bullets over Broadway.” The majestic duplex (with 1,700 square feet of rooftop space) went on the market in March after the death of its owner, Harper & Row publisher Brooks Thomas. After a heated bidding war, an unnamed Midwestern businessman scooped up the property for more than its asking price of $5.895 million, according to Brown Harris Stevens senior VP Howard Morrel. That Midwesterner will now spend his nights amidst the various sculptures — grotesques, as they are called, of dragons, gargoyles and even a goat — the tall arborvitae trees, holly bushes, day lilies and geraniums, while soaking up the view of the 59th Street Bridge to the east and the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building to the west.