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The best new NYC rooftops

Wanna get high? A slew of rooftops have opened in New York City this year—and these are at the top of the pile.

Photograph: Courtesy James Baigrie

Each summer, a new crop of rooftop hangouts gives us even more reasons to celebrate summer in the city. Discover our very favorite recent additions, and if you’re looking for more things to do in the summer, we’ve also highlighted the best beaches near NYC, cool alfresco events like Rooftop Cinema Club and much more.

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Best new NYC rooftops


The 1 Rooftop

Almost no view is a bad one if it overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge, but this watering hole on top of Dumbo’s 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge gives you a completely new perspective on the international icon. Enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine on top of the 10-story building while you’re basically eye level with those walking across the overpass. You can also catch sight of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline from the wood-and-stone patio, which features a shallow pool. It’s like taking a full Circle Line tour without having to set down your prosecco.

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Brooklyn Heights

Hayden Rooftop Bar

Calling all staycation seekers: Walk atop Hotel Hayden in Chelsea, and you feel as if you’ve magically traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to Greece. The rooftop bar, with a white-stone floor and all-white furniture, is full of Mediterranean-inspired accents like granite countertops as well as Greek-style cocktails with ouzo and mastika. Order one of the small plates overflowing with hummus, stuffed grape leaves and feta, and shift into Meryl-in–Mamma Mia! mode.

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The Heights

This may seem somewhat obvious, but the Heights is definitely not for anyone who’s afraid of, well, heights. In addition to close-up views of the Empire State Building and crispy Detroit-style pizzas from Top Chef’s Dale Talde, the Arlo NoMad–set venue boasts a lounge area with a jaw-dropping, vertigo-inducing glass floor. Stand on it, if you dare, and you can stare all 31 stories down to the streets below. But then again, who’s really afraid of anything after a glass or three of after-work rosé?

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Midtown West

The Crown

Looking out at the city from this new Chinatown bar, you could be forgiven for thinking Mufasa’s about to tell you everything you see will one day be yours. Thanks to the surrounding neighborhood’s low skyline, the urban Serengeti stretches all the way to the horizon. The Crown, located on the 21st floor of the recently opened Hotel 50 Bowery NYC, features two large, sparsely decorated outdoor decks connected by a sleek, midcentury modern interior lounge. Enjoy the vista from either alfresco space with a seasonal Slush cocktail, like the Lemon Lime Rickey, from the full bar, young cub.

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Bursting with bright colors and vivid lighting, this 37th-floor stunner features floor-to-ceiling windows, a glass roof that affords 360-degree views of the city and a wraparound outside lounge so you can take it all in with a buzz on. Executive chef and Public vet Alan Wise’s bistro fare is a solid bet for the pretheater crowd, with bites including deviled duck eggs and Angus beef sliders. The cocktails (tropical-inspired to match the vibrant decor) are light and citrusy, a great complement to the summer-in-the-city vibes.

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Hell's Kitchen

Surf Shack

This seasonally appropriate pop-up ticks off all the beachy boxes, with surf gear as decoration, an outdoor grill, tiki drinks, a full rosé-and-oyster station and even a view of the water. (It’s of the Hudson River, but still.) Get in on the sandy fun by grabbing a beer from the blow-up flamingo baby pool filled with bottles of brew or treating yourself to a less fratty mai tai, a margarita or classic summer snacks like a whole grilled fish, tacos and burgers.

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West Village

The William Vale

Last year, the overheated, tank-clad denizens of North Brooklyn only had two options for a nearby dip: the McCarren Hotel & Pool or the McCarren Park Pool. Luckily there’s a big newcomer in the neighborhood. The William Vale hotel has opened its Vale Pool to the public. At 60 feet, it’s the longest outdoor hotel pool in New York and is framed by reservable lounge chairs, day beds and cabanas. The bright furniture and potted plants around the swimming area scream Miami casual, and the party continues around the corner on an adjoining rooftop terrace and bar.

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Dobbin St Rooftop Terrace

This elevated Greenpoint event space is home to two new series: one for indoor kids and another for ragers. First, there’s the series Sunset Screenings, at which you can catch essential cinema like sci-fi masterpiece The Man Who Fell to Earth (July 19) and Italian political drama The Conformist (Aug 23) for free in front of a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline. You can’t get that on Vudu! If you’re looking for a more active night out, there’s Good Roof. The dance parties, put on by the nearby nightclub Good Room, are held every other Sunday and feature ace DJs like experimental DFA Records fave the Juan MacLean, Let’s Play House mastermind Jacques Renault and OG Studio 54 resident Nicky Siano.

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By: Christina Izzo