NYC Skylight & Rooftops

Sky-High Glamour: The Lush Rooftops Transforming NYC’s Social Scene

As an architect, I am always on the hunt for the latest trends sweeping across the city that never sleeps, and recently, there has been a rise in stunning rooftop gardens, terraces, and lounges. New York City has always been a pioneer in urban spaces, but these high-up havens are redefining the social scene and changing the way we view the city skyline. Today, I want to share with you some of the most breathtaking spots where you can enjoy your drink or simply unwind while taking in the enchanting views of the metropolis.

1. 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

Located just a few blocks from the iconic Empire State Building, the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar boasts an upscale garden lounge with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. The space is filled with vibrant greenery, creating a stunning contrast with the city’s concrete jungle. Don’t miss their famous igloo experience during the winter months where you can cozy up in one of the heated, transparent igloos.

2. Gallow Green

Gallow Green is a hidden gem atop the McKittrick Hotel, known for its immersive Sleep No More theatrical performance. This picturesque rooftop garden features an abandoned, overgrown atmosphere with wildflowers and lush greenery surrounding a vintage train car. Their seasonal menu and craft cocktails are perfect for a charming, dreamy evening out.

3. St. Cloud Rooftop

Perched above the Knickerbocker Hotel, the St. Cloud Rooftop is an elegant and sophisticated oasis in the heart of Times Square. Amidst the buzzing energy of the city below, you can unwind on the plush seating while admiring the skyline. The elegant cocktail bar offers premium spirits and a farm-fresh food menu that is worth a visit.

4. The Roof

Set atop the Viceroy Central Park, The Roof is a sophisticated indoor-outdoor lounge offering breathtaking views of Central Park and the surrounding cityscape. With an avant-garde ambiance, The Roof serves up delightful small bites, craft beers, and signature cocktails that come with a side of unbeatable views.
These are just a few of the fantastic rooftop gardens, terraces, and lounges that are shaping New York City’s social scene. As a city that is continually pushing architectural boundaries, it’s amazing to witness the fusion of nature, beautiful design, and social spaces in these exceptional venues. So, the next time you crave a slice of tranquility with a skyline view, you know where to find it!

Inês Moreira


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