The Best Rooftop Pools In NYC

The brutal, sticky heat of a New York City summer is legendary. But the views and vibes of the city’s finest rooftop pools should be enough to peel you off your apartment’s AC unit, giving you more adventurous ways to beat the heat and quench your inevitable thirst. Plus, the pool is only the beginning; for a reasonable day-pass fee, you’ll gain access to DJ sets, choice bites, and craft cocktails -- more than enough to justify the cost of a little summer bliss. Here are a few of our favorite options from around the city. CANNONBALL!

La Piscine at Hotel Americano
518 West 27th St., New York, NY 10001
Featuring day beds, cabanas, and a Latin-French menu, La Piscine is probably a little different from most pools you’re used to. But with an eclectic crowd and a small but satisfying cocktail menu, La Piscine is an attractive summer chill spot to keep in mind when you’re looking for something fresh and fun.

The James New York
27 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
While the James pool is only open to guests during the working week, the no-cover Jimmy Pool Party is open to the public every weekend. Although the pool is small (prepared to get REAL comfortable with your fellow partiers), the incredible views of Midtown and swanky-modern decor more than make up for it.

The Dream Downtown
355 W. 16th St., 212-840-6078
While not technically on the “roof”, strong drinks, a see through bottom, frequent celeb frolic, and the weekly Sun-Tropez Fridays pool bash make The Dream Downtown’s 4,800 s.f. pool a perfect 10. Plan a sweet outfit accordingly because the scenery is worth the potential wait. Rose showers are definitely in the forecast.

McCarren Hotel & Pool
160 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
One of the largest pools in NYC, the McCarren offers an amazing saltwater swim, attractive terrace seating, and poolside service for food and cocktails. The views aren’t spectacular but the sheer size of the pool makes the McCarren your go-to option if you’re looking to truly swim while you mingle.

Le Parker Meridien
123 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
Let’s get the bad out of the way first: this one is pricey. But if you’re looking for the ultimate NYC pool experience, you’ve come to the right place. Your day-pass includes access to the gravity fitness center and outdoor sun deck, so you can get hot before you cool down. And the floor-to-ceiling windows offer views that are second to none: stunning vistas of Central park in all its green glory. When you’re looking to treat yourself to a “me day”, head to Le Parker Meridien.