Puchkoff, head of the real estate development firm DP Associates, converted the building from a warehouse into 14 luxury co-op apartments.
But when the Buildings Department inspector visited the rooftop last year, he determined that Puchkoff’s current certificate of occupancy does not allow the cabin or surrounding garden.
He was fined $1,200 and told to apply for a new certificate of occupancy.
A city administrative law judge tossed the fine in April, but then the Buildings Department had it reinstated on appeal in September.
So Puchkoff sued the agency to have his little slice of country comfort in the Big Apple declared legal.
His attorney, Richard Lobel, said the fine was based on a bogus complaint. He added that the DOB even signed off on the project twice, most recently in 1999.
I really wanted this to be legit because I think that's cool as hell, but there don't seem to be any permits issued for that structure.