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The Police-Station Radio Room
A one-bedroom penthouse located in the former dispatchers’ hang of the converted New York Police Department headquarters in Soho.


Do you ever imagine the emergency calls the police would have fielded here back in the day?
Angelika Schubert, owner: Not really. I heard there were underground tunnels you could use to walk to the courthouse, but I don’t know if that’s true.

So then what drew you to this apartment?
Coming from Vienna and growing up surrounded by grand architecture, I always wanted to live in a domed building. When I found this in 2002, I just fell in love. It was like, “Oh my God! This is it.”

What condition was it in?
It had a dropped ceiling, and all of the beautiful beams were enclosed. And the kitchen was basically nonexistent, it was so small. Still, you could feel the possibilities. The ceilings had to be peeled off to expose the beams, and then I put the skylights in. And all of a sudden there was this height!


Illustration by Jason Lee  

What was the biggest renovation headache?
The rules and regulations. There are so many when you’re working in a landmarked building. Plus, we had to figure out how to decorate it. It’s hard to know what to do in a room where you can’t hang much because the walls are slanted.

What do you love most about the place?
With no windows in the round room, you have total privacy, and light streams in from the huge skylights on top. You feel safe and secure, and when the rain comes down it’s just crazy and beautiful. I’ll lie on my couch and just stare up there.


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