With the winter finally behind us and the warmer weather fast approaching, there’s no time like the present to find the perfect place to spend those sweltering summer nights. However, with private clubs hard to get into without sponsorship from an existing member, private pools asking for exorbitant fees, and public parks too crowded to enjoy, what’s a sunbather to do? Fortunately, there are plenty of amazing buildings in New York with their very own roof decks where you can swim, catch some rays, or just curl up with a good book. Here are our favorites:
Right in the heart of the East Village, EVGB offers one of the city’s most spectacular rooftop retreats. This 14th Street luxury building may be a rental, but it comes complete with a rooftop lounge area that’s more elegant than those you’ll find in most condos. So, what makes this building’s upper level so special? The 19,000-square-foot landscaped roof deck is outfitted with grilling station, al fresco dining space, a wet bar, fire pits, a bocce court, putting green, and a yoga lawn perfect for practicing those poses.
21 East 12th
Looking for a roof deck unlike any other? Look no further than 21 East 12th. The building is set upon a pedestal, which allows it not one, but two separate levels of rooftop terrace—one where the pedestal starts (atop the building’s first few floors) and one on its uppermost level. Fortunately for residents and their visitors, both terrace levels are stunningly landscaped and offer plenty of room for relaxation, whether you’re just enjoying an outdoor meal with a friend or mingling with your neighbors.
Manhattan View at MiMA
With a name like Manhattan View, you know a building’s going to have some stunning outdoor space to offer. And this building more than delivers with its spacious roof deck, which offers gorgeous views of the city below.
Who needs a country club when you’ve got one of the city’s best pools right at your fingertips? The lucky residents at 555TEN are fortunate enough to have the building’s massive rooftop deck to hang out on this summer, complete with a pool, private cabanas, and tons of seating space—not to mention some of the best views of the city from its 650 foot perch over Manhattan.
If you want to come home to one of the city’s most beautiful rooftops night after night, Brooklyn Point might just be calling your name. This sky-high luxury tower, which stands 680 feet tall, has one of the most tranquil rooftop retreats in the city, with outdoor screening space, sunbathing spots, outdoor shower, and the highest infinity pool in the Western Hemisphere.
Whether you want to spend your summer swimming, sunbathing, lounging, or just spending time outdoors with friends, these stunning New York City rooftops are the perfect place to relax and luxuriate in the summer sunshine. Before you spend your hard-earned cash on a pricey country club membership, set your sights on these rooftop retreats instead.