Each time I travel to NYC, I seem to bring a checklist of must see & do. And this September, my « NY thing » seemed to be terraces. Here are a few finds that I would happily share to enjoy NYC from new heights.
Brooklyn Bridge: no matter how many times in one’s life, walking across the East River via this majestic structure of steel and granite built in 1883 is always a good idea. Bikers peddle past crying out « move it ». Locks remind you of the Paris Pont des Arts. Construction and traffic seem to take on a form of Art. And once on the other side, one’s expectations reach new heights: you are on the lookout for THE Brooklyn vibe.
Whythe Hotel, Brooklyn: you’ve crossed the bridge, trotted through Dumbo, tried the best pizza in town and shopped the vintage boutiques? Head back to the Brooklyn Bridge Park and hop on the East River Ferry to the second stop in Williamsburg (a scarf is de rigueur for long hair). A few blocks due north stands the Whythe Hotel. Design, people, views, eats, bar… it’s all here. The view is possibly even grander at night. If you’re making a stop during the day, head to numbers 314 and 320 on Whythe Ave for amazing vintage furnishings. www.wythehotel.com
While in the area, at 135 North 5th Street, Juliette (photo below) is another fun find. Rooftop terrace with bar and downstairs a sky lit bistro. Must go back to try the food!!! www.juliettewilliamsburg.com
230 Fifth, NYC: many a day have I walked passed this building on Fifth Avenue in the Gramercy area of Manhattan, and not once had I looked up to notice the palm trees above. Ride the elevator to the 20th floor and en-joy the Spring break atmosphere. Music, wooden benches, tables, trees, flowerbeds, lights, alcoves and a bar. Did I almost forget? The view is INCREDIBLE (180 degrees or more of NYC from above). And if you’re a tourist like I am, pop in to the photo booth and strike the pose. www.230-fifth.com.
Upstairs: I had never heard of the Kimberley Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. And thanks to its PH on the 30th floor and DJ, I will remember this rooftop bar with glass ceiling and walls for what must be one of the best views of the Chrysler Building at night. 145 East 50th Street, New York. www.upstairsnyc.com
Metropolitan Museum of Art: it goes without saying that during the summer season (weather permitting) the roof garden café & bar of this cultural Mecca remains a unique place to unwind over the treetops of Central Park. Open through 8PM on Friday and Saturday only, otherwise the fun stops at 4:30 PM. 1000 5th Ave, New York.
Tried it. Loved it. Shared it.