Destination Offers Many Open-Air Options With Spectacular Views

New York City (May 13, 2008) With almost guaranteed warm weather, New Yorkers and visitors alike will be looking for place to soak up the sun while keeping the temperature down this summertime, and those in the know will head to one of the city’s stylish rooftop spots. Boasting a multitude of rooftop terraces and numerous outdoor pools, New York City offers those in search of solace from the heat, the chance to keep cool while enjoying the breathtaking views of the city from above.

NYC & Company, the city’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization has assembled a list of some of the city’s most appealing roof terraces and pools to remind travelers that the city offers plenty of alluring options for keeping cool while enjoying the sunshine.

“New York City is a particularly vibrant destination for visitors in the summer — with an array of venues with outdoor components allowing visitors to enjoy the glorious weather while keeping cool – and with the added benefit of a spectacular view. We want to draw attention to these hidden gems that visitors may not otherwise come to hear about or stumble upon,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company.

Situated atop the sophisticated 60 Thompson located in the heart of Soho, the hotel’s stunning rooftop terrace provides unparalleled views of downtown New York, while in midtown Manhattan, The Library Hotel is home to an elegant rooftop lounge.
For outdoor glamour, The Private Roof Club and Garden at Gramercy Park Hotel is hard to beat. Featuring wraparound views of the Manhattan skyline, the spacious rooftop bar and landscaped garden located 16 stories above the city offers a striking shot of the Chrysler building together with a distinctly exclusive ambiance.
Other notable hotel rooftop terraces include Cabana at the Maritime Hotel and Sky Terrace at the Hudson Hotel.

Spanning 22,000-square-feet, 230 Fifth is New York's largest outdoor rooftop garden with a fully enclosed penthouse lounge.

For those wishing to take a dip al fresco, one of New York’s most fashionable hotels, Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District, with stunning 360 degree panoramic views of Manhattan and sunsets over the Hudson River, offers a chic haven from which to admire the urban metropolis. Featuring a 45-foot outdoor, glass-surrounded swimming pool on the rooftop, complete with underwater music and colored lighting, guests can relax and revive before visiting the “plunge” Rooftop Bar and Lounge for a refreshing cocktail.

At The Peninsula Hotel, the renowned health club and spa features a glass-enclosed rooftop pool, and is also home to Salon de Ning, where from the dramatic rooftop terraces and bar, guests can enjoy panoramic views over Fifth Avenue and the glittering city skyline of Manhattan. Completing the experience, Salon de Ning features an intimate interior bar with an eclectic art collection, complemented by two large outdoor terraces with Chinese-style day beds for relaxing and taking in the stunning vista. From the rooftop of Le Parker Meridien, guests can enjoy the pool and outdoor sundeck as well as sweeping views of Central Park, and at The Park, the rooftop penthouse is offered complete with a hot tub.

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Juliette, reminiscent of an authentic French brasserie, features a roof terrace open throughout the summer months.

Among New York’s most romantic rooftops, the Roof Garden Cafe can be found at the top of one the city’s most popular tourist attractions - on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, standing just above the treetops of Central Park even the most extensive travelers are guaranteed to be impressed with the colossal park views.

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NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide.


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NYC & Company
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