We are officially deep into December with winter on the horizon and if you’re like us, you still crave those warm summer months when chilling on rooftops was your weekend routine. While the beaches may have closed, NYC rooftops have not. Don’t stay in- go out! Keep reading to see which NYC rooftops remain open all year long. (Spoiler Alert: Some are even decked in Instagram worthy décor.)
111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
If you live in a Bedly apartment in Brooklyn this roof top is in your backyard! You’ll find Westlight, on the 22nd floor of the William Vale hotel. If you want to see all of Manhattan (almost) you’ll get 360-degree views of it. They know the allure of this view and on Westlight’s patio there are bright yellow observation binocular’s mounted. So if you venture out there in the cold, you will not regret it. Plus for this location, the food is amazing, the drinks are amazing, all you have to do it bring your amazing company and have a great night out in BK!
180 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Sitting 15 stories up in the East Village is Mr. Purple. This massive rooftop has downtown views, Brooklyn views, and uptown views. You can order anything from home-made punches, specialty cocktails, and beer, to grilled cheese and kale caesar salads, which are best enjoyed sitting at the luxurious chaise lounges and communal tables found just in front of the bar. If you dare venture outside (which you can, the doors stay open), you can grab the perfect ‘gram of the Empire State Building.
Rooftop at Public Hotel
215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
Now that the hype is died down (some) and the cold weather is here to stay, here is your chance to hit up the newly opened Public Hotel on Christie Street in the Lower East Side. The hotel’s mission is to bring a luxury hotel experience to the masses, and this translates past the rooms and to their bars as well. Head straight to the alleyway entrance (it’s less creepy than it sounds) and head straight up to the roof. The roof boasts indoor and outdoor bars with 360-degree panoramic views of the city. You’ll have a perfect views no matter where you land! Even though there’s an “outdoor” space, it is fully covered in the winter time so you can have your pick of where to grab your drink.
230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001
For the most aggressive views of the Empire State Building, turn to 230 Fifth. According to their website, 230 FIFTH is New York’s largest outdoor rooftop garden and enclosed penthouse lounge. The penthouse lounge is fully enclosed all year long, but the star is the rooftop. While it stays completely open all year long (i.e. wear a coat if you venture up), they do partially heat the space and have these cool winter igloos you can your crew can sit in. These igloos can hold up to eight people and keep out the cold and keep you warm. These igloos are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but with the bar opening up at 2PM, grab it early and catch the sunset! Also another great perk- 230 FIFTH even has a happy hour! Check out their website before you head over and cheers to the EBS in the winter night.
Jimmy at the James
15 Thompson St, New York, NY 10013
Now if you want to impress, bring a date to the Jimmy at the James Hotel in Soho. This 18th-story cocktail lounge in James Hotel is elegant yet contemporary, featuring a rooftop deck and pool. The bar is kept inside the wall to ceiling windows that span two stories, making views of downtown undeniable. The set list is top notch, too. Pull up next to the fireplace with a mug of mezcal-spiked Mexican hot chocolate and drink the night away.
The Lodge at Gallow Green
542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
Even the name sounds like it was meant for winter! This rooftop is found at another hotel as well- McKittrick hotel in Chelsea, known for their famous Sleep-No-More. This location is transformed into a cozy alpine resort with no details missed. There is everything from a fire pit, evergreens, to bunk beds that you can even cuddle up on! Be sure to check up on their site before you head over for festive drinks, this place is loved with many hosting private events here.
The Lodge at STK
26 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
More “lodges”! Officially opened for the winter, the top of STK Meatpacking has transformed in The Lodge with Winter Wonderland! This Aspen inspired oasis is only opened Thursday through Saturdays and features spike hot apple cider! You can grab the perfect Instagram by sitting under the cabin-like décor and faux fur throws. The lighting inside even feels like it’s being lit by the moon. You can venture outside to the terrace to grab views of Meatpacking and an aggressive view of The Standard. Come in your Winter Wonderland best! There’s even a photo booth waiting for you!
So many rooftops and so little time! Rooftop hopping can get tiring so when your looking for a new place to live let Bedly do the work for you. Bedly is housing simplified so they do the heavy lifting (like finding the furniture and roommates) so you can kick back and relax staring at the view of this amazing city.