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La Fabrique, #PH9S (Sotheby's International Realty) La Fabrique, #PH9S (Sotheby's International Realty)
"Shall we adjourn to the conservatory?"

A line from a Regency romance? Hardly - as the New York Post recently reported, a surprising number of apartments in present-day New York are home to glass-walled, glass-ceilinged spaces also known as solariums or sunrooms. Features such as these date back to ancient Egypt, but really caught on in 16th-century Europe as a way to preserve citrus fruits and delicate potted plants in the winter. In more recent days, they can also be found in a more unlikely place: New York City apartments. Even in the darkest days, they lend their rooms a sunny, airy ambiance. With the days getting longer from here, these units will enjoy ever more light.

As sunrooms require sky access, they would appear limited to top-floor units. Enterprising homeowners have the option to install them, but there is a chance that it may require approval from the Department of Buildings. Even if this turns out not to be the case, proper installation is key to prevent leaks.
Sunrooms are back in the news because of a lawsuit surrounding one at 40 Sutton Place, a postwar condo in Sutton Place. The owner of a top-floor unit has been accused of annexing the building’s public space for his own use when he installed his sunroom, and the building has asked him to remove them to allow for access to the building’s roof for repairs.

However, the condo board president has made it known that he wishes to combine this apartment with his own downstairs unit, and the owner is accusing him of slowing the sale. Crain’s New York Business identified the owner as Joseph Felner, a retired engineer who worked on the original World Trade Center; Mr. Felner points out that he installed the sunrooms in 1985 with no objection from the building and problems had never been reported since. As we wait to see how this plays out, we look at less contentious but equally bright sunrooms in New York City apartments.

Turtle Bay Towers, #17H (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Imperial House, #14D (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

356 West 23rd Street, #GC (Compass)

259 Elizabeth Street, #1B (Serhant LLC)

1 Gracie Terrace, #2B/1B (Compass)

The 155 Condominium, #12JK (Compass)

18 Mercer Street, #1 (Compass)

25 West 15th Street, #DUPLEX (Corcoran Group)

910 Fifth Avenue, #2DE (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

340 East 72nd Street, #PH (Compass)

The Silk Building, #PH1104 (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

Butterfield House, #4J (Compass)

La Fabrique, #PH9S (Sothebys International Realty)

875 Park Avenue, #PHCD (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

385 West 12th Street, #PHWEST (Corcoran Group)

555 West End Avenue, #TheSolarium (Sothebys International Realty)
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