Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Real estate is scarce, so the rooftop becomes another plot of personal space - the backyard, the private property outside in the fresh air. It's understood as an entitlement or necessity (the only residential building I can think of whose rooftop was not accessible was the dorm). The roof is for leaving the party, without having to be buzzed back in, for some fresh air or smooching. It's also for decorating with old furniture and projecting a movie onto the neighbouring building's wall. Also for phone conversations that cannot be had privately in the confines of your miniature shared apartment. Also for having a cig and listening to Cat Power's "The Greatest" and worrying.

This is a friend's rooftop:

This is mine:

1 comment:

Steve said...

I like your rooftop more. That's a dope smoking rooftop.