“The past five years have seen dozens of additions to the neighborhood’s rarefied skyline civilization. But because much of TriBeCa lies within city-designated historic districts and is controlled by a variety of zoning and landmark restrictions, TriBeCa’s secret city in the clouds has burgeoned largely out of view of hoi polloi on the pavement below. And it is the hidden nature of these places, along with their sometimes flamboyant, over-the-top ostentation, that is perhaps their most defining feature.

“On North Moore Street, Joy and Leonard Toboroff, who already have an elegant 1,000-square-foot roof terrace, purchased the penthouse condo next door and are spending lavish sums to combine the two roofs into a palatial entertaining space, complete with a formal outdoor dining room, pergola, mahogany decking and lush plantings watered by a computerized irrigation system. “It will allow for an elaborate, choreographed dinner party, fully staffed,” said Stephen Corelli, their architect. “The design of the terrace provides seamless integration from predinner cocktails to dinner to after-dinner drinks and cigars in a finely articulated sequence of individual spaces.”

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