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10 Best Rooftop Events in NYC This Summer

By / July 10, 2018

What’s better than a New York City rooftop? A rooftop with an agenda. These are the 10 best events happening up en plein air on NYC’s rooftops this summer.

Neon Party

Monarch Rooftop

Wear your brightest Day-Glo colors and you'll shine brighter than the skyline at this 18th-floor rooftop bar party, featuring free glowing drinks and a live DJ until 4 AM.

$10 / RSVP

BANG! Queer Rooftop Swim Party

39 Fayette St

Four inflatable pools will pop up on a Brooklyn rooftop for this 90s-inspired, swimsuit-required queer swim party, featuring water guns, floaties, bubbles, a photo booth, and daiquiris all day long.

$7 / RSVP

Rooftop Lobster Bake

Tuesdays and Wednesdays all summer

Penthouse808 Rooftop

Savor the skyline view from Long Island City while you enjoy an entire lobster alongside steamed clams, baked potatoes, and fresh corn on the cob at this bi-weekly summer rooftop dinner.

$38 / RSVP

Papi Juice BBQ Cookout

Elsewhere (Rooftop)

This free monthly party for queer and trans people of color is back on Elsewhere's rooftop for July, with vendors, drink specials, homemade food, and chill family-style vibes all afternoon long.


Rooftop Winery Tour and Tasting

Rooftop Reds

Head to the Navy Yard for the world's first commercially viable rooftop vineyard, and you'll be treated to rad views plus a wine and cheese pairing, featuring wine that's made AND grown in Brooklyn.

$25 / RSVP

Rooftop Yoga at The James SoHo

Every Thursday through Labor Day

The James Hotel

Take your morning flow on top of The James Hotel in Soho, where quiet Manhattan views will greet you before you enjoy post-class acupressure and refreshing pink coconut water.

$25 / RSVP

After Dark Bachata Dance Party

Novotel New York Times Square

Move your hips to live DJs spinning Bachata hits under the city lights all night long, on an open-air rooftop overlooking Times Square.

$16 / RSVP

Rooftop Mixology Workshop and Dinner

WeLive Wall Street

Soak in the summer while learning to make (and imibibe on) gin, bourbon, and rum cocktails at this dinner-and-drinks event, hosted on a downtown rooftop terrace.

$50 - $60 / RSVP
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“We The Animals” Rooftop Film Screening

The Old American Can Factory

This local organization brings films to rooftops all across NYC. Join them in Gowanus for a screening of this visceral coming-of-age story, combining live action film with gorgeous animated sequences.

$16 / RSVP

“Show People” Rooftop Silent Film Screening with Live Score

Czech Center New York

Enjoy Marion Davies in this 1928 silent comedy film presentation like no other—because it's backed by live musicians, performing a score that's perfectly timed to its over-the-top gags and stunts.

$12 / RSVP


Quinne Myers is a writer, illustrator, apparel designer, and lingerie industry pundit living in Brooklyn. Loves sweaty concert dancing, eating dessert, feeling feelings, and petting every dog.

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