Photo courtesy of the Dream Downtown
One of the best things about summer in the city is rooftop pools. The muggy heat and beating sun necessitate the need for a quick dip, and the inherent cool of New York means that its pools aren’t just ordinary aquatic settings. We’ve culled through the rooftop pool scenes in Manhattan and Brooklyn to bring you the best the city has to offer, from ones with spa-like serenity to others that you can literally dance into.
Le Bain: Le Bain at The Standard, High Line isn’t so much a rooftop pool as a penthouse dancefloor with a pool. The Meatpacking spot is celebrating its fifth anniversary all summer long (complete with a follow-along hashtag: #5thsummer), and its summer programming includes a helluva lot of DJ’ed parties. DJ Rich Medina will be playing there this Friday May 29 with Vikter Duplaix. Medina has played the rooftop venue countless times and claims it’s one of his favorite spots in the world. “The rooftop and pool are incredible…with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson and the west side of the city…top that off with a phenomenal sound system, extremely credible sound engineers, and a fully stocked wet bar, and you have a recipe for an incredible venue.” An excellent review, all around.
Gansevoort Hotel Group: Both the Meatpacking District and Park Avenue locations of the swanky Gansevoort Hotel Group have rooftop pools frequented by pretty people drinking expensive cocktails. To get access as a non-hotel guest, you’ll have to a. sneak in, b. buy the Daycation package, which for $300 gets you a cocktail and a massage among other spa-like perks, like poolside reflexology (that’s fancy talk for a foot massage).
SIXTY LES: This Lower East Side boutique hotel is so cool that its rooftop pool is outfitted with an Andy Warhol filmstrip. Nibbling on Blue Ribbon sushi while tanning in a bikini isn’t for everyone, which is why the pool is only open to hotel guests, for now. It plans to open to the public later this summer with special events, so stay tuned.
The James: JIMMY, the rooftop pool and bar at The James Hotel, is a go-to for urban summer lounging. The pool is reserved for guests on weekdays until 5 P.M. but opens its doors to the general chic downtown crowd on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 P.M. on for weekend pool parties with rotating DJs.
McCarren Hotel: The best pools in this city don’t have to be in lower Manhattan or on a rooftop. Enter the McCarren Hotel, whose saltwater pool is on the ground floor (you’ll still feel hip and tan) and open to non-guests with a daypass ($40 deal through the month of June). If you’re looking to pick up a morning yoga habit, the hotel offers poolside yoga in partnership with SyncStudios every day this summer.
Dream Downtown: Another hip Meatpacking hotel, another rooftop pool. The Beach at Dream Downtown boasts a glass-bottomed pool and French Riviera-inspired chaise lounges. Luckily, you don’t have to be a chic European hotel guest to soak up its summer offerings: daypasses are available to non-guests Monday-Friday, and the pool will host DJs throughout the week.