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Escape Reality at the New York City Gem, The Roof at Park South

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One thing I love ― and will absolutely miss whenever I decide to move back to California ― is New York City’s gorgeous rooftop bar scene. There’s something glamorous and exhilarating about literally being above all the stress, odd smells, annoyances, and, at times, the plain gross reality of city living. Warm breezes, insanely picturesque views, killer cocktails, and bites ― honestly, what can top that essential summertime New York City experience?

I was surprised when I found out there was a lively rooftop right by my office that I had no idea existed! Complete with ridiculous views of the skyline and the Chrysler Building, the Roof at Park South, above the Park South Hotel, is ideal for anytime drinks (who says you have to wait until happy hour proper to enjoy a good cocktail?).

This gem has a lively, fun, laidback-yet-trendy atmosphere made even more perfect for the summer with its bright orange umbrella canopies, copper accents, and tea lights for when it gets dark.

Ted Kilpatrick, who previously served as bar director at chef Barbara Lynch's flagship No. 9 Park in Boston offers an assortment of inventive cocktails that include his signature margarita and frozen options like the overproof pĩna colada with plantation overproof, 5-year Barbados rums, pineapple, and coconut; and daiquiri por mi amante, with more rum plus tabasco, and strawberry.

The cocktail menu also features a category of “crushables” that include the bitter mai tai with rum, cappelletti, and porgeat; and a whiskey smash with bourbon, mint syrup, and lemon. Also on the menu are classic options, such as the Duke’s martini, which is taken to new heights as it is served with a portion of caviar.

Bites to keep your stomach happy all night range from a wagyu cheeseburger and truffled fries (amazingly crispy ― order them!) to a variety of thin crusted pizzas with toppings like fennel sausage, pepperoni, wild mushrooms, and the always indulgent, truffle oil.

New menu offerings that I’m particularly pumped about include funnel cakes topped with sweet toppings like blueberry sugar courtesy of Deanie Hickox and growler service ― think bottle service for your table, but with beer. There will be summertime brews on tap all season long, so bring your whole crew.

Throughout the summer, this rooftop will be hosting a slew of acclaimed cocktail bars that will guest bartend for the Roof at Park South’s patrons. Kilpatrick will be curating this lineup of mixologists; expectations are high!

Within the Park South Hotel is an impressive handful of restaurants by James Beard Award-Wining chef Tim Cushman and wife Nancy Cushman, an advanced sake professional, which include Covina, Covina Café, and O YA NYC, in addition to the Roof at Park South.

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8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming ornamentals, this family-friendly rooftop with its summery drinks feels like something straight out of the tropics–that is, until you turn around and see the amazing views of the Empire State Building and city skyline.

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

Do you love the High Line’s views of the Hudson River, but prefer to avoid the summer crowds? To escape the throngs of tourists that flock to the elevated park, take a trip up to Le Bain, a rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the Standard Hotel. This outdoor space is lined with artificial turf and sprinkled with colorful moveable seating for that extra summery and casual feel.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn

Overlooking W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

According to Adatto, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn is “one of only a handful of public-access roof lawns in Manhattan.” Set atop a restaurant, this well-manicured, sloping green roof was built in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid that contrasts with the linear silhouettes of the surrounding buildings. Views of neighboring green roofs can be seen from the Illumination Lawn, including those on the Barclay Capital Grove and the Claire Tow Theater.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Completed in 2011, the 9,400-square-foot green roof that tops the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is a leading example of a successful, multifunctional living roof. Planted with 40,000 native grasses and flowers, this curvilinear roof meadow provides habitat, filters rainwater runoff, and helps insulate the building below. The green roof excellently captures the rich textures of a meadow plant palette as it changes through the seasons.

Bronx County Courthouse

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx

There’s a giant gem of a living roof in the South Bronx, but you’ve likely never heard of it because of its location behind a 10-foot parapet wall. Guarded by high-security checkpoints and tall walls, this hidden green roof may lack the stunning views enjoyed on other rooftops, but it does hold the distinction of being the first extensive green roof in the South Bronx.

5 Boro Green Roof Garden

New York City Parks Department Five Borough Administration Building, Randall’s Island

The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden is the fifth-largest living roof in New York City. Featuring 30 different green roof systems side by side–possibly the only setup of its kind in the world–this massive rooftop landscape serves as a living roof laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. Visitors can see the multi-system green roof, including its solar panels and rainwater collection system, by setting up a prearranged tour with the New York City Parks Department.

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Garden

You may be surprised to learn that even the bees love to check in at the posh Waldorf-Astoria historic hotel. The famous art-deco building teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York and the New York Restoration Project to convert nearly a third of the hotel’s rooftop into a thriving garden and apiary for honeybees. You can make reservations to dine at the restaurant below and tour the rooftop chef’s garden and apiary.

Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Designed by prolific land artist Andy Goldsworthy, the Garden of Stones is a deeply symbolic rooftop garden commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Built as a “contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived,” the 4,150-square-foot rooftop garden features 18 hollowed out boulders that, over time, will be fused together with the roots of the surrounding trees.

Interested in learning more information about these stunning urban rooftops or want to see what other elevated oases the city has to offer? Check out Leslie Adatto’s new book ‘Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops’ (also available as an e-book) and read about her latest urban rooftop explorations on her blog, Looking up with Leslie.


8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming ornamentals, this family-friendly rooftop with its summery drinks feels like something straight out of the tropics–that is, until you turn around and see the amazing views of the Empire State Building and city skyline.

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

Do you love the High Line’s views of the Hudson River, but prefer to avoid the summer crowds? To escape the throngs of tourists that flock to the elevated park, take a trip up to Le Bain, a rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the Standard Hotel. This outdoor space is lined with artificial turf and sprinkled with colorful moveable seating for that extra summery and casual feel.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn

Overlooking W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

According to Adatto, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn is “one of only a handful of public-access roof lawns in Manhattan.” Set atop a restaurant, this well-manicured, sloping green roof was built in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid that contrasts with the linear silhouettes of the surrounding buildings. Views of neighboring green roofs can be seen from the Illumination Lawn, including those on the Barclay Capital Grove and the Claire Tow Theater.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Completed in 2011, the 9,400-square-foot green roof that tops the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is a leading example of a successful, multifunctional living roof. Planted with 40,000 native grasses and flowers, this curvilinear roof meadow provides habitat, filters rainwater runoff, and helps insulate the building below. The green roof excellently captures the rich textures of a meadow plant palette as it changes through the seasons.

Bronx County Courthouse

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx

There’s a giant gem of a living roof in the South Bronx, but you’ve likely never heard of it because of its location behind a 10-foot parapet wall. Guarded by high-security checkpoints and tall walls, this hidden green roof may lack the stunning views enjoyed on other rooftops, but it does hold the distinction of being the first extensive green roof in the South Bronx.

5 Boro Green Roof Garden

New York City Parks Department Five Borough Administration Building, Randall’s Island

The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden is the fifth-largest living roof in New York City. Featuring 30 different green roof systems side by side–possibly the only setup of its kind in the world–this massive rooftop landscape serves as a living roof laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. Visitors can see the multi-system green roof, including its solar panels and rainwater collection system, by setting up a prearranged tour with the New York City Parks Department.

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Garden

You may be surprised to learn that even the bees love to check in at the posh Waldorf-Astoria historic hotel. The famous art-deco building teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York and the New York Restoration Project to convert nearly a third of the hotel’s rooftop into a thriving garden and apiary for honeybees. You can make reservations to dine at the restaurant below and tour the rooftop chef’s garden and apiary.

Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Designed by prolific land artist Andy Goldsworthy, the Garden of Stones is a deeply symbolic rooftop garden commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Built as a “contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived,” the 4,150-square-foot rooftop garden features 18 hollowed out boulders that, over time, will be fused together with the roots of the surrounding trees.

Interested in learning more information about these stunning urban rooftops or want to see what other elevated oases the city has to offer? Check out Leslie Adatto’s new book ‘Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops’ (also available as an e-book) and read about her latest urban rooftop explorations on her blog, Looking up with Leslie.


8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming ornamentals, this family-friendly rooftop with its summery drinks feels like something straight out of the tropics–that is, until you turn around and see the amazing views of the Empire State Building and city skyline.

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

Do you love the High Line’s views of the Hudson River, but prefer to avoid the summer crowds? To escape the throngs of tourists that flock to the elevated park, take a trip up to Le Bain, a rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the Standard Hotel. This outdoor space is lined with artificial turf and sprinkled with colorful moveable seating for that extra summery and casual feel.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn

Overlooking W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

According to Adatto, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn is “one of only a handful of public-access roof lawns in Manhattan.” Set atop a restaurant, this well-manicured, sloping green roof was built in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid that contrasts with the linear silhouettes of the surrounding buildings. Views of neighboring green roofs can be seen from the Illumination Lawn, including those on the Barclay Capital Grove and the Claire Tow Theater.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Completed in 2011, the 9,400-square-foot green roof that tops the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is a leading example of a successful, multifunctional living roof. Planted with 40,000 native grasses and flowers, this curvilinear roof meadow provides habitat, filters rainwater runoff, and helps insulate the building below. The green roof excellently captures the rich textures of a meadow plant palette as it changes through the seasons.

Bronx County Courthouse

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx

There’s a giant gem of a living roof in the South Bronx, but you’ve likely never heard of it because of its location behind a 10-foot parapet wall. Guarded by high-security checkpoints and tall walls, this hidden green roof may lack the stunning views enjoyed on other rooftops, but it does hold the distinction of being the first extensive green roof in the South Bronx.

5 Boro Green Roof Garden

New York City Parks Department Five Borough Administration Building, Randall’s Island

The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden is the fifth-largest living roof in New York City. Featuring 30 different green roof systems side by side–possibly the only setup of its kind in the world–this massive rooftop landscape serves as a living roof laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. Visitors can see the multi-system green roof, including its solar panels and rainwater collection system, by setting up a prearranged tour with the New York City Parks Department.

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Garden

You may be surprised to learn that even the bees love to check in at the posh Waldorf-Astoria historic hotel. The famous art-deco building teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York and the New York Restoration Project to convert nearly a third of the hotel’s rooftop into a thriving garden and apiary for honeybees. You can make reservations to dine at the restaurant below and tour the rooftop chef’s garden and apiary.

Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Designed by prolific land artist Andy Goldsworthy, the Garden of Stones is a deeply symbolic rooftop garden commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Built as a “contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived,” the 4,150-square-foot rooftop garden features 18 hollowed out boulders that, over time, will be fused together with the roots of the surrounding trees.

Interested in learning more information about these stunning urban rooftops or want to see what other elevated oases the city has to offer? Check out Leslie Adatto’s new book ‘Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops’ (also available as an e-book) and read about her latest urban rooftop explorations on her blog, Looking up with Leslie.


8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming ornamentals, this family-friendly rooftop with its summery drinks feels like something straight out of the tropics–that is, until you turn around and see the amazing views of the Empire State Building and city skyline.

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

Do you love the High Line’s views of the Hudson River, but prefer to avoid the summer crowds? To escape the throngs of tourists that flock to the elevated park, take a trip up to Le Bain, a rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the Standard Hotel. This outdoor space is lined with artificial turf and sprinkled with colorful moveable seating for that extra summery and casual feel.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn

Overlooking W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

According to Adatto, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn is “one of only a handful of public-access roof lawns in Manhattan.” Set atop a restaurant, this well-manicured, sloping green roof was built in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid that contrasts with the linear silhouettes of the surrounding buildings. Views of neighboring green roofs can be seen from the Illumination Lawn, including those on the Barclay Capital Grove and the Claire Tow Theater.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Completed in 2011, the 9,400-square-foot green roof that tops the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is a leading example of a successful, multifunctional living roof. Planted with 40,000 native grasses and flowers, this curvilinear roof meadow provides habitat, filters rainwater runoff, and helps insulate the building below. The green roof excellently captures the rich textures of a meadow plant palette as it changes through the seasons.

Bronx County Courthouse

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx

There’s a giant gem of a living roof in the South Bronx, but you’ve likely never heard of it because of its location behind a 10-foot parapet wall. Guarded by high-security checkpoints and tall walls, this hidden green roof may lack the stunning views enjoyed on other rooftops, but it does hold the distinction of being the first extensive green roof in the South Bronx.

5 Boro Green Roof Garden

New York City Parks Department Five Borough Administration Building, Randall’s Island

The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden is the fifth-largest living roof in New York City. Featuring 30 different green roof systems side by side–possibly the only setup of its kind in the world–this massive rooftop landscape serves as a living roof laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. Visitors can see the multi-system green roof, including its solar panels and rainwater collection system, by setting up a prearranged tour with the New York City Parks Department.

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Garden

You may be surprised to learn that even the bees love to check in at the posh Waldorf-Astoria historic hotel. The famous art-deco building teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York and the New York Restoration Project to convert nearly a third of the hotel’s rooftop into a thriving garden and apiary for honeybees. You can make reservations to dine at the restaurant below and tour the rooftop chef’s garden and apiary.

Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Designed by prolific land artist Andy Goldsworthy, the Garden of Stones is a deeply symbolic rooftop garden commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Built as a “contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived,” the 4,150-square-foot rooftop garden features 18 hollowed out boulders that, over time, will be fused together with the roots of the surrounding trees.

Interested in learning more information about these stunning urban rooftops or want to see what other elevated oases the city has to offer? Check out Leslie Adatto’s new book ‘Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops’ (also available as an e-book) and read about her latest urban rooftop explorations on her blog, Looking up with Leslie.


8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming ornamentals, this family-friendly rooftop with its summery drinks feels like something straight out of the tropics–that is, until you turn around and see the amazing views of the Empire State Building and city skyline.

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

Do you love the High Line’s views of the Hudson River, but prefer to avoid the summer crowds? To escape the throngs of tourists that flock to the elevated park, take a trip up to Le Bain, a rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the Standard Hotel. This outdoor space is lined with artificial turf and sprinkled with colorful moveable seating for that extra summery and casual feel.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn

Overlooking W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

According to Adatto, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn is “one of only a handful of public-access roof lawns in Manhattan.” Set atop a restaurant, this well-manicured, sloping green roof was built in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid that contrasts with the linear silhouettes of the surrounding buildings. Views of neighboring green roofs can be seen from the Illumination Lawn, including those on the Barclay Capital Grove and the Claire Tow Theater.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Completed in 2011, the 9,400-square-foot green roof that tops the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is a leading example of a successful, multifunctional living roof. Planted with 40,000 native grasses and flowers, this curvilinear roof meadow provides habitat, filters rainwater runoff, and helps insulate the building below. The green roof excellently captures the rich textures of a meadow plant palette as it changes through the seasons.

Bronx County Courthouse

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx

There’s a giant gem of a living roof in the South Bronx, but you’ve likely never heard of it because of its location behind a 10-foot parapet wall. Guarded by high-security checkpoints and tall walls, this hidden green roof may lack the stunning views enjoyed on other rooftops, but it does hold the distinction of being the first extensive green roof in the South Bronx.

5 Boro Green Roof Garden

New York City Parks Department Five Borough Administration Building, Randall’s Island

The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden is the fifth-largest living roof in New York City. Featuring 30 different green roof systems side by side–possibly the only setup of its kind in the world–this massive rooftop landscape serves as a living roof laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. Visitors can see the multi-system green roof, including its solar panels and rainwater collection system, by setting up a prearranged tour with the New York City Parks Department.

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Garden

You may be surprised to learn that even the bees love to check in at the posh Waldorf-Astoria historic hotel. The famous art-deco building teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York and the New York Restoration Project to convert nearly a third of the hotel’s rooftop into a thriving garden and apiary for honeybees. You can make reservations to dine at the restaurant below and tour the rooftop chef’s garden and apiary.

Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Designed by prolific land artist Andy Goldsworthy, the Garden of Stones is a deeply symbolic rooftop garden commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Built as a “contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived,” the 4,150-square-foot rooftop garden features 18 hollowed out boulders that, over time, will be fused together with the roots of the surrounding trees.

Interested in learning more information about these stunning urban rooftops or want to see what other elevated oases the city has to offer? Check out Leslie Adatto’s new book ‘Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops’ (also available as an e-book) and read about her latest urban rooftop explorations on her blog, Looking up with Leslie.


8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming ornamentals, this family-friendly rooftop with its summery drinks feels like something straight out of the tropics–that is, until you turn around and see the amazing views of the Empire State Building and city skyline.

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

Do you love the High Line’s views of the Hudson River, but prefer to avoid the summer crowds? To escape the throngs of tourists that flock to the elevated park, take a trip up to Le Bain, a rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the Standard Hotel. This outdoor space is lined with artificial turf and sprinkled with colorful moveable seating for that extra summery and casual feel.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn

Overlooking W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

According to Adatto, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn is “one of only a handful of public-access roof lawns in Manhattan.” Set atop a restaurant, this well-manicured, sloping green roof was built in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid that contrasts with the linear silhouettes of the surrounding buildings. Views of neighboring green roofs can be seen from the Illumination Lawn, including those on the Barclay Capital Grove and the Claire Tow Theater.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Completed in 2011, the 9,400-square-foot green roof that tops the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is a leading example of a successful, multifunctional living roof. Planted with 40,000 native grasses and flowers, this curvilinear roof meadow provides habitat, filters rainwater runoff, and helps insulate the building below. The green roof excellently captures the rich textures of a meadow plant palette as it changes through the seasons.

Bronx County Courthouse

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx

There’s a giant gem of a living roof in the South Bronx, but you’ve likely never heard of it because of its location behind a 10-foot parapet wall. Guarded by high-security checkpoints and tall walls, this hidden green roof may lack the stunning views enjoyed on other rooftops, but it does hold the distinction of being the first extensive green roof in the South Bronx.

5 Boro Green Roof Garden

New York City Parks Department Five Borough Administration Building, Randall’s Island

The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden is the fifth-largest living roof in New York City. Featuring 30 different green roof systems side by side–possibly the only setup of its kind in the world–this massive rooftop landscape serves as a living roof laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. Visitors can see the multi-system green roof, including its solar panels and rainwater collection system, by setting up a prearranged tour with the New York City Parks Department.

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Garden

You may be surprised to learn that even the bees love to check in at the posh Waldorf-Astoria historic hotel. The famous art-deco building teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York and the New York Restoration Project to convert nearly a third of the hotel’s rooftop into a thriving garden and apiary for honeybees. You can make reservations to dine at the restaurant below and tour the rooftop chef’s garden and apiary.

Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Designed by prolific land artist Andy Goldsworthy, the Garden of Stones is a deeply symbolic rooftop garden commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Built as a “contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived,” the 4,150-square-foot rooftop garden features 18 hollowed out boulders that, over time, will be fused together with the roots of the surrounding trees.

Interested in learning more information about these stunning urban rooftops or want to see what other elevated oases the city has to offer? Check out Leslie Adatto’s new book ‘Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops’ (also available as an e-book) and read about her latest urban rooftop explorations on her blog, Looking up with Leslie.


8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming ornamentals, this family-friendly rooftop with its summery drinks feels like something straight out of the tropics–that is, until you turn around and see the amazing views of the Empire State Building and city skyline.

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

Do you love the High Line’s views of the Hudson River, but prefer to avoid the summer crowds? To escape the throngs of tourists that flock to the elevated park, take a trip up to Le Bain, a rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the Standard Hotel. This outdoor space is lined with artificial turf and sprinkled with colorful moveable seating for that extra summery and casual feel.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn

Overlooking W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

According to Adatto, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn is “one of only a handful of public-access roof lawns in Manhattan.” Set atop a restaurant, this well-manicured, sloping green roof was built in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid that contrasts with the linear silhouettes of the surrounding buildings. Views of neighboring green roofs can be seen from the Illumination Lawn, including those on the Barclay Capital Grove and the Claire Tow Theater.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Completed in 2011, the 9,400-square-foot green roof that tops the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is a leading example of a successful, multifunctional living roof. Planted with 40,000 native grasses and flowers, this curvilinear roof meadow provides habitat, filters rainwater runoff, and helps insulate the building below. The green roof excellently captures the rich textures of a meadow plant palette as it changes through the seasons.

Bronx County Courthouse

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx

There’s a giant gem of a living roof in the South Bronx, but you’ve likely never heard of it because of its location behind a 10-foot parapet wall. Guarded by high-security checkpoints and tall walls, this hidden green roof may lack the stunning views enjoyed on other rooftops, but it does hold the distinction of being the first extensive green roof in the South Bronx.

5 Boro Green Roof Garden

New York City Parks Department Five Borough Administration Building, Randall’s Island

The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden is the fifth-largest living roof in New York City. Featuring 30 different green roof systems side by side–possibly the only setup of its kind in the world–this massive rooftop landscape serves as a living roof laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. Visitors can see the multi-system green roof, including its solar panels and rainwater collection system, by setting up a prearranged tour with the New York City Parks Department.

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Garden

You may be surprised to learn that even the bees love to check in at the posh Waldorf-Astoria historic hotel. The famous art-deco building teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York and the New York Restoration Project to convert nearly a third of the hotel’s rooftop into a thriving garden and apiary for honeybees. You can make reservations to dine at the restaurant below and tour the rooftop chef’s garden and apiary.

Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Designed by prolific land artist Andy Goldsworthy, the Garden of Stones is a deeply symbolic rooftop garden commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Built as a “contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived,” the 4,150-square-foot rooftop garden features 18 hollowed out boulders that, over time, will be fused together with the roots of the surrounding trees.

Interested in learning more information about these stunning urban rooftops or want to see what other elevated oases the city has to offer? Check out Leslie Adatto’s new book ‘Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops’ (also available as an e-book) and read about her latest urban rooftop explorations on her blog, Looking up with Leslie.


8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming ornamentals, this family-friendly rooftop with its summery drinks feels like something straight out of the tropics–that is, until you turn around and see the amazing views of the Empire State Building and city skyline.

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

Do you love the High Line’s views of the Hudson River, but prefer to avoid the summer crowds? To escape the throngs of tourists that flock to the elevated park, take a trip up to Le Bain, a rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the Standard Hotel. This outdoor space is lined with artificial turf and sprinkled with colorful moveable seating for that extra summery and casual feel.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn

Overlooking W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

According to Adatto, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn is “one of only a handful of public-access roof lawns in Manhattan.” Set atop a restaurant, this well-manicured, sloping green roof was built in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid that contrasts with the linear silhouettes of the surrounding buildings. Views of neighboring green roofs can be seen from the Illumination Lawn, including those on the Barclay Capital Grove and the Claire Tow Theater.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Completed in 2011, the 9,400-square-foot green roof that tops the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is a leading example of a successful, multifunctional living roof. Planted with 40,000 native grasses and flowers, this curvilinear roof meadow provides habitat, filters rainwater runoff, and helps insulate the building below. The green roof excellently captures the rich textures of a meadow plant palette as it changes through the seasons.

Bronx County Courthouse

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx

There’s a giant gem of a living roof in the South Bronx, but you’ve likely never heard of it because of its location behind a 10-foot parapet wall. Guarded by high-security checkpoints and tall walls, this hidden green roof may lack the stunning views enjoyed on other rooftops, but it does hold the distinction of being the first extensive green roof in the South Bronx.

5 Boro Green Roof Garden

New York City Parks Department Five Borough Administration Building, Randall’s Island

The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden is the fifth-largest living roof in New York City. Featuring 30 different green roof systems side by side–possibly the only setup of its kind in the world–this massive rooftop landscape serves as a living roof laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. Visitors can see the multi-system green roof, including its solar panels and rainwater collection system, by setting up a prearranged tour with the New York City Parks Department.

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Garden

You may be surprised to learn that even the bees love to check in at the posh Waldorf-Astoria historic hotel. The famous art-deco building teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York and the New York Restoration Project to convert nearly a third of the hotel’s rooftop into a thriving garden and apiary for honeybees. You can make reservations to dine at the restaurant below and tour the rooftop chef’s garden and apiary.

Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Designed by prolific land artist Andy Goldsworthy, the Garden of Stones is a deeply symbolic rooftop garden commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Built as a “contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived,” the 4,150-square-foot rooftop garden features 18 hollowed out boulders that, over time, will be fused together with the roots of the surrounding trees.

Interested in learning more information about these stunning urban rooftops or want to see what other elevated oases the city has to offer? Check out Leslie Adatto’s new book ‘Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops’ (also available as an e-book) and read about her latest urban rooftop explorations on her blog, Looking up with Leslie.


8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming ornamentals, this family-friendly rooftop with its summery drinks feels like something straight out of the tropics–that is, until you turn around and see the amazing views of the Empire State Building and city skyline.

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

Do you love the High Line’s views of the Hudson River, but prefer to avoid the summer crowds? To escape the throngs of tourists that flock to the elevated park, take a trip up to Le Bain, a rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the Standard Hotel. This outdoor space is lined with artificial turf and sprinkled with colorful moveable seating for that extra summery and casual feel.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn

Overlooking W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

According to Adatto, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn is “one of only a handful of public-access roof lawns in Manhattan.” Set atop a restaurant, this well-manicured, sloping green roof was built in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid that contrasts with the linear silhouettes of the surrounding buildings. Views of neighboring green roofs can be seen from the Illumination Lawn, including those on the Barclay Capital Grove and the Claire Tow Theater.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Completed in 2011, the 9,400-square-foot green roof that tops the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is a leading example of a successful, multifunctional living roof. Planted with 40,000 native grasses and flowers, this curvilinear roof meadow provides habitat, filters rainwater runoff, and helps insulate the building below. The green roof excellently captures the rich textures of a meadow plant palette as it changes through the seasons.

Bronx County Courthouse

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx

There’s a giant gem of a living roof in the South Bronx, but you’ve likely never heard of it because of its location behind a 10-foot parapet wall. Guarded by high-security checkpoints and tall walls, this hidden green roof may lack the stunning views enjoyed on other rooftops, but it does hold the distinction of being the first extensive green roof in the South Bronx.

5 Boro Green Roof Garden

New York City Parks Department Five Borough Administration Building, Randall’s Island

The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden is the fifth-largest living roof in New York City. Featuring 30 different green roof systems side by side–possibly the only setup of its kind in the world–this massive rooftop landscape serves as a living roof laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. Visitors can see the multi-system green roof, including its solar panels and rainwater collection system, by setting up a prearranged tour with the New York City Parks Department.

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Garden

You may be surprised to learn that even the bees love to check in at the posh Waldorf-Astoria historic hotel. The famous art-deco building teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York and the New York Restoration Project to convert nearly a third of the hotel’s rooftop into a thriving garden and apiary for honeybees. You can make reservations to dine at the restaurant below and tour the rooftop chef’s garden and apiary.

Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Designed by prolific land artist Andy Goldsworthy, the Garden of Stones is a deeply symbolic rooftop garden commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Built as a “contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived,” the 4,150-square-foot rooftop garden features 18 hollowed out boulders that, over time, will be fused together with the roots of the surrounding trees.

Interested in learning more information about these stunning urban rooftops or want to see what other elevated oases the city has to offer? Check out Leslie Adatto’s new book ‘Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops’ (also available as an e-book) and read about her latest urban rooftop explorations on her blog, Looking up with Leslie.


8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming ornamentals, this family-friendly rooftop with its summery drinks feels like something straight out of the tropics–that is, until you turn around and see the amazing views of the Empire State Building and city skyline.

Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

Do you love the High Line’s views of the Hudson River, but prefer to avoid the summer crowds? To escape the throngs of tourists that flock to the elevated park, take a trip up to Le Bain, a rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the Standard Hotel. This outdoor space is lined with artificial turf and sprinkled with colorful moveable seating for that extra summery and casual feel.

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn

Overlooking W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Manhattan

According to Adatto, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn is “one of only a handful of public-access roof lawns in Manhattan.” Set atop a restaurant, this well-manicured, sloping green roof was built in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid that contrasts with the linear silhouettes of the surrounding buildings. Views of neighboring green roofs can be seen from the Illumination Lawn, including those on the Barclay Capital Grove and the Claire Tow Theater.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Completed in 2011, the 9,400-square-foot green roof that tops the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is a leading example of a successful, multifunctional living roof. Planted with 40,000 native grasses and flowers, this curvilinear roof meadow provides habitat, filters rainwater runoff, and helps insulate the building below. The green roof excellently captures the rich textures of a meadow plant palette as it changes through the seasons.

Bronx County Courthouse

851 Grand Concourse, Bronx

There’s a giant gem of a living roof in the South Bronx, but you’ve likely never heard of it because of its location behind a 10-foot parapet wall. Guarded by high-security checkpoints and tall walls, this hidden green roof may lack the stunning views enjoyed on other rooftops, but it does hold the distinction of being the first extensive green roof in the South Bronx.

5 Boro Green Roof Garden

New York City Parks Department Five Borough Administration Building, Randall’s Island

The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden is the fifth-largest living roof in New York City. Featuring 30 different green roof systems side by side–possibly the only setup of its kind in the world–this massive rooftop landscape serves as a living roof laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. Visitors can see the multi-system green roof, including its solar panels and rainwater collection system, by setting up a prearranged tour with the New York City Parks Department.

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Garden

You may be surprised to learn that even the bees love to check in at the posh Waldorf-Astoria historic hotel. The famous art-deco building teamed up with the Horticultural Society of New York and the New York Restoration Project to convert nearly a third of the hotel’s rooftop into a thriving garden and apiary for honeybees. You can make reservations to dine at the restaurant below and tour the rooftop chef’s garden and apiary.

Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Designed by prolific land artist Andy Goldsworthy, the Garden of Stones is a deeply symbolic rooftop garden commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Built as a “contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and a tribute to those who survived,” the 4,150-square-foot rooftop garden features 18 hollowed out boulders that, over time, will be fused together with the roots of the surrounding trees.

Interested in learning more information about these stunning urban rooftops or want to see what other elevated oases the city has to offer? Check out Leslie Adatto’s new book ‘Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops’ (also available as an e-book) and read about her latest urban rooftop explorations on her blog, Looking up with Leslie.


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