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Top 5 NYC Rooftops That Aren’t Bars

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, August 31, 2016

Is there anything that sounds better than spending your remaining summer days on the rooftops of New York City? I didn’t think so. And while a rooftop bar may be the first thing that comes to mind, there are plenty of other unique places to spend your time high above the hectic city streets. From watching a movie to going camping, there is something here for everyone.

  1. SERENE at the James New York

27 Grand Street, Manhattan

 The top of the James NY is serving up yoga with a view. Treat yourself to ultimate tranquility while taking in a 360-degree view of the Manhattan Skyline and the Hudson River. There are classes for all levels, led by some of the best instructors in the city, and you don’t even have to worry about bringing anything—yoga mats and water are provided.

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  1. Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

44 Eagle Street, Brooklyn

The space atop the production company Broadway Stages is home to 6,000 square feet of locally grown organic produce. Not only does Eagle Street Rooftop farm offer a farmer’s market and bicycle fresh vegetables to restaurants like Rockaway Taco and Achilles Heel, but it also offers workshops where you can learn about composting, urban farming, and going green. There are also a ton of volunteer, intern, and apprentice opportunities for anyone who wants to regularly engage their green thumb.

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  1. Rooftop Cinema Club

YOTEL Roof Terrace: 570 10th Avenue (OfficeOps: 57 Thames Street), Manhattan

 Tired of your regular movie-watching routine? Then take in a Rooftop Cinema Club screening at either one of their Bushwick or Midtown locations. You’ll be provided with wireless headphones and comfy deck chairs while you watch classics like Casablanca or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. And no cinematic experience is complete without snacks and drinks. While the Bushwick location is BYO, YOTEL’s Roof Terrace offers globally inspired street food and cocktails.

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  1. Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden

1000 5th Avenue, Manhattan

 Take advantage of the warm weather with an outdoor art exhibit overlooking Central Park. Currently, you can see Cornelia Parker’s Transitional Object (PsychoBarn). Nearly 30 feet high, it is inspired by the Bates family’s mansion in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Pair that with drinks from the martini bar, and you’ve got yourself a spooky but fabulous night on the town.

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  1. Bivouac NY

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Unplug for a night and pitch a tent on one of NYC’s many rooftops. Bivouac NY offers a one-of-a-kind urban camping experience to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Leave your iPhone and MacBook at home—all you need to bring is a sleeping bag and one shareable food item while experiencing the great outdoors with your new friends. Keep an eye out for specific dates and locations.

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