Le classique de sunbathing in New York, Sheep Meadow satisfies all your sunbathing requirements in one picturebook swoop: You’ll feel like you’re starring in the awesome movie of your life as you lounge on that lovely green grass surrounded by iconic skyscrapers. ‘Bathe and dash if you work nearby, otherwise make a day of it and take a perfect premade picnic.
When the sun comes out in NYC, you have two options: Go sit indoors with the AC set to freeze, or get outside and take off as many items of clothing as the law permits. On a beautiful day in the greatest city in the world, we’ll go for the latter, thanks! And the really great news is that you don’t have to leave the city to soak up the sun somewhere lovely. Here’s our pick of the best sunbathing spots in NYC this summer, from secret places (hello, Teardrop Park) to fancy hotel pools on NYC rooftops. Let's get out there, New York!