City Pulse

By Stephanie Williams

Did the founding fathers ever intend a celebration of independence to involve colonists clamoring about and straining for views on the Hudson of rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air? In New York, where our buildings are tall and our parties are wild – I guarantee these four rooftop destinations throughout Manhattan are among the best seats on the island.

It’s worth dodging tourists and their difficulty understanding the subway to experience panoramic views above the chaos at The Sky Room, the city’s highest rooftop lounge, where the all-American picnic-style menu includes classic fare from pigs in a blanket to Buffalo wings. The 12-hour fete begins at 4pm and tickets include a premium open bar from 6-11pm.

Recently opened in New York, the futuristic spaceship-style Yotel will Buzz anyone’s Aldren. Yotel’s open-air lounge, Terrace, will offer an array of small plates with Latin and Asian accents along with bottomless signature margaritas and sangria to enjoy while admiring the illuminated Manhattan skyline.

YOTEL

Stargazing and people watching atop the Plunge Rooftop Bar and Lounge at the 14-floor Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District will surely be a splash as guests will try their hand at setting off cannonballs in the 45-foot pool – I only hope they remember to wait 30 minutes after eating. Be sure to call ahead as hotel guests will receive priority for this first-come, first-serve event!

PLUNGE ROOFTOP BAR

If all it takes is a stunning view and free-flowing drinks to incite your inner Yankee Doodle Dandy, the Hudson Terrace‘s direct views of the River in this woodsy space boasts “the” premiere location to view the fireworks and a mouth-watering barbeque without all the flack of Battery Park. With tickets starting at $100, you’ll be about as close to the action as you can get and make some friends worth Facebook friending tomorrow.

Originally published July 2011
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