As Another Summer Season Sets in NYC

As another summer season sets in New York, there is no better way to take in the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, unless of course you have a bird’s eye view, than atop some of the trendiest rooftop bars on and off the island. You’ll want to check out our condensed list of rooftop bars across the five boroughs before the below 60 degree temps blow in.


Although it’s hipster rep and proximity to Manhattan’s Downtown, continues to put Williamsburg on the map, Night of Joy in Brooklyn merits a spot all its own for its unpretentious and urban decor. If instead, you’re feeling in the mood for a fancy suit and a night to see or be seen, just head across McCarren Park to The Ides at the Wythe Hotel where martini prices will have you feeling like a Manhattanite in no time.

The Bronx

Pine Bar and Grill in the Morris Park section of the Bronx promises to bring Manhattan style ambiance to the northern borough. Frequented by a medical crowd from Monte Fiore’s surrounding buildings and schools in the area, the tri-level restaurant fills up quickly with their half-priced happy hour drink specials and Sunday brunch menu. The rooftop whisks you away to a haven above the busy industrial setting.


You can’t miss this sleek 14 story edifice once you cross the Queensborough Bridge. The Z-Hotel is a boutique accommodation situated in an un-gentrified area of Long Island City. The rooftop offers unobstructed sunset views across the East River to Manhattan. Live DJ’s fill the rooftop air on weekends and special event weeknights with a cocktail menu that won’t break the bank.


On the island itself, you may become quickly consumed with decision paralysis when having to decide on only one. Therefore, we have three choices that offer 360 views of the city with some perks. On the West, nestled in the over-priced neighborhood of Chelsea we love to head up the glass enclosed elevator to La Piscine at the Americano Hotel. Along with a refreshing pool, the nostalgic vistas of the Empire State Building as well as sailboats on the Hudson go unmatched. 230 and 5th located exactly as it’s name suggests on 5th Avenue in the Flatiron District, indulges its crowds with two levels of spectacular penthouse views, patio seating and three full service bars. Lastly, and in no particular order, is the Living Room Bar perched high up in the W New York Downtown’s terrace and just minutes from 10 Hanover in the Financial District. You can cozy up on their plush couches or use a grill while getting an up-close view of One World Trade Center.


Any of these outdoor oases are sure to inspire a “Theme from New York, New York” encore.

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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