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Rooftops in New York City

A hard-to-find list of places that don't require you to buy a drink for the view.

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  1. Whitney Museum of American Art

  2. Swiss Institute

  3. Pace Gallery (The 540 W 25th St location. Take the elevator to the sixth floor terrace.)

  4. Cantor Roof Garden at The Met


  1. The Lotus Garden

  2. At the top of Battery Harris East in Fort Tilden

  3. Pier 57 Rooftop Park

  4. Pier 15 East River Esplanade (on top of Watermark)


Concert Venues (excl. clubs)

  1. Pier 17/The Greens

  2. Brooklyn Mirage

  3. Elsewhere

  4. Our Wicked Lady

  5. Superior Ingredients

Hotels (excl. bars or lounges)

  1. The Rooftop at The Rockaway Hotel

  2. The Summer Club at The Ravel Hotel


  1. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (NYPL)

  2. Hunters Point Library

  3. Greenpoint Library

Athletic Centers

  1. ​Pier 40 rooftop fields at Hudson River Park

  2. Vital Climbing Gym - Brooklyn

  3. Rooftop pool at Equinox Printing House

  4. Comeback Cycle

  5. CitiView Racquet Club


  1. TimeOut Market in Dumbo

  2. Vida Verde

  3. Lucy’s Cantina Royale

  4. Vista Skylounge 

  5. Ample Hills Creamery in Gowanus

  6. Mykonos Bleu 

  7. RH Rooftop Restaurant

  8. Manhatta (indoor views)

  9. Gaonnuri (indoor views)

  10. Serra by Birreria at Eataly Flatiron (indoor views)

  11. Alma - Brooklyn

  12. Sushi Lab 

  13. Fornino's (BK Bridge Park, seasonal rooftop)

  14. Bistro Verde at Nordstrom Flagship (seating on terrace)

  15. The Roof at Whole Foods in Gowanus

  16. Hurley's Saloon (heated rooftop)

  17. Teraza Restaurant Lounge (on Starbucks rooftop)


  1. Brooklyn Grange locations

  2. SkyLawn (Rooftop Cinema Club)

  3. SoFar Sounds rooftop shows

  4. JetBlue Terminal 5 Rooftop at JFK Airport

  5. Port Authority Rooftop Parking Lot

  6. Jamaica Colosseum Mall Rooftop Parking Lot

  7. Motorgate Parking Garage - Roosevelt Island

  8. Rego Center South Garage Parking Lot (open to pedestrians)

  9. H Mart in LIC Rooftop Parking Lot

  10. Staten Island Ferry Terminal

  11. Pioneer Works garden (white building)

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