Where to find a pool party or rooftop party in New York

Break out your bikini or board shorts for a pool party this summer, or find a dance floor with a view at a rooftop party.

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  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Gansevoort Summer Series pool party

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Gansevoort Summer Series pool party

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Gansevoort Summer Series pool party

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    Miss Guy and Darian Darling at Pool Party Babylon

  • Photograph: Ash Fox

    Pool Party Babylon

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    Rooftop party Vibrations at Hudson Terrace

  • Photograph: Jeff Meltz / THE CUL

    Rooftop party Vibrations at Hudson Terrace

  • Photograph: Jeff Meltz / THE CUL

    Rooftop party Vibrations at Hudson Terrace

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    Pool party Shark

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Pool party Shark

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Pool party Shark

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Pool party Shark

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Pool party Shark

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Gansevoort Summer Series pool party


Come summer, we love pools and we love rooftop bars. Add dancing, drinking and schmoozing, and you have yourself an essential seasonal thing to do. Try a pool party at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, the Thompson LES Hotel or Dream Downtown, or drink in the views at a rooftop party at Hudson Terrace or Le Bain atop the Standard.

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Gansevoort Summer Series

  • Price band: 2/4
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  • Free

These free Sunday-afternoon parties return for a second year to the swanky Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC hotel, making the usually exclusive rooftop available to the (doorman-approved) public. This pop-up Pacha-in-the-sky features a rotating cast of house and trance DJs, including Danish prog-house practitioner Morten Breum (Sun 22) and Russian dance-music duo Hard Rock Sofa (Sun 29). Entry is first-come, first-served, but serious ballers can reserve poolside tables with bottle service. • (gansevoortsummerseries.com).

  1. Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC 420 Park Ave South, at 29th St, 10016
  2. Until Sunday July 29, 2012
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Pool Party Babylon

  • Free

The door to the Thompson Hotel’s third-floor deck is tougher to crack than the New York Times crossword. But drop the wingding’s name at the door on a Tuesday and you can splash around at this pansexual soiree. DJ Miss Guy, a downtown nightlife fixture you might recognize from the band Toilet Bšys or the legendary ’90s Squeezebox party at Don Hill’s, spins a soundtrack of Motown, girl groups, rock and disco. Dive into $10 Alchemia infused-vodka drink specials and get friendly with your host—and Lady Gaga’s bosom buddy—Darian Darling. •  (missguy.net).

  1. Thompson LES Hotel 190 Allen Street, between E Houston and Stanton Sts
  2. Until Tue Aug 28
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Vibrations

  • Price band: 4/4

Hudson Terrace hands over its sound system to the GBH crew for this roof-deck shindig overlooking the river. The diverse lineups plumb all corners of the disco, electro and house worlds; this month, Alan Braxe (one third of Stardust, the collab behind megahit “Music Sounds Better with You”) rolled through. On Thursday 19, Sarah Barthel of indie-pop duo Phantogram drops a DJ set. • (gbhtv.com).

  1. 621 W 46th St, (between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves)
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Select Summer Fridays

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  • Free

Party high above the Meatpacking District at Jules Kim and Katie Longmyer’s afternoon fete, spread over the Standard Hotel’s rooftop and penthouse bar, Le Bain. Each week, top local spinners crank out disco and electronic dance music until sunset—this summer’s highlights have included underground rap artist Pase Rock. Shake your rump in the open air, or ramp things up a notch in the whirlpool; either way, you’ll be treated to dazzling views of the West Side and the Hudson River. • (good-peoples.com).

  1. Le Bain 444 W 13th St, at Washington St
  2. Fri Aug 30
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Shark

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  • Free

Formidable gay nightlife promoters Josh Wood and Jared Needle throw this pool-rooftop combo at the Dream Downtown hotel. The action begins in the Beach area, which includes a glass-bottomed pool; then the party moves to plush penthouse lounge PH-D, where beautiful people rival the stunning views for your attention. Resident DJ Honey Dijon spins a soundtrack of funk-tinged Chicago house beats. • (joshwoodproductions.com).

  1. PH-D Dream Downtown Hotel, 355 W 16th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sun Sep 1
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