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Things to do in New York City (by night): the Rooftop Tour, NY observatory terraces

Sky is the limit, but not in New York,

where even reaching the sky is easy

More and more frequently, I surprise myself thinking and identifying New York as a never ending source of spur and energy.

This energy marks the pace of that incredible flow of people, encounters and events that make New York so unique and special and of which I tell you about very often inside my blog (with a smile on my face, I must admit).

New York by night

New York by night

It’s not just about passion or love for a place and for its people. It’s more the need to turn into words my feelings and impressions of a city that, no matter with how many words we describe it, it will never be the same for each one of us.

Sometime ago, during one of my special interviews, I told you about an Italian journalist that has been living permanently in New York for more than 3 years and with perserverance and dedication has manage to build his little New York dream. I’m talking about Piero Armenti, author of Il Mio Viaggio a New York.

Piero is a very smart person, with great ideas, a good dose of courage, natively easy-going and always longing to take a challenge. So, once we got to know each other better on the internet, it was inevitable to physically meet during one of my stays in New York.

New York night lights

New York night lights

We share many interests, and one of these is New York City.

We love to live it and tell about it (me as travel blogger and Piero as urban explorer) in our personal way, throughout our experiences, our daily impressions (and he is an expert at this) and our inevitable exchanges.

This time Piero wanted to surprise me in a warm end of September night, once again a different NY, special and magical, without any doubt… from the most suggestive (and high) observatory terraces, the Rooftops.

Welcome on Mad 46

Welcome on Mad 46

Welcome cocktail

Welcome cocktail

These Rooftops, Piero knows them very well, being a local. So well that he decided to be the first (be aware of fakes) to create a really original tour, now a must among the things to do in New York City, by night.

Three terraces with panoramic view (mostly used by new yorkers to relax and chat after work) in three different spots in town, with ad hoc aperitifs and a number of people from different nationalities whom you can compare with and an urban explorer (at need) for any curiosity or necessity… them, in front of you, the astonishment: Manhattan’s thousands of lights are the background of a scenary that you will never forget!

My favourite Rooftop?

Certainly The Skylark, one of the most spectacular.

The Skylark

The Skylark

It consists of a double panoramic terrace, a covered one for the winter nights and an oper air one on the next floor overlooking the horizon; both are well looked after, with a big bar, cocktail area, private areas, sofas and open spaces.

What about the view?

Try and imagine being hanging right over the middle of Midtown, with Times Square’s lights on one side (for once, incredibly underneath) and the pale and foggy lights of the Empire State Building on the other. In one word, a dream.

Times Square's lights from the Skylark

Times Square’s lights from the Skylark

Piero and I from the Skylark

Piero and I from the Skylark

Then there are the Mad 46 and Indigo rooftops, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the Freedom Tower, completely lit up.

There are so many of these and not only in Manhattan. Piero organizes different tours according to availability and time of year (often these locations are rented by businessmen and celebrities for their private parties, making the rooftops closed of for the entire night).

Mad 46 terrace

Mad 46 terrace

If you have in programme a journey to the Big Apple I must advise this unique experience but not before having spend two or three days in NY’s urban jungle.

Trust me, lost among Manhattan’s rooftops you will notice even more its contrasts and hypnotic charm!

To book the tour according to your stay in town, or just to learn more about Piero and his life and activities in NY, just click here.

I will be back soon to tell you about My journey in New York and of another new Christmas tour.

So enjoy it, then keep calm and come to New York.

Indigo terrace, the Freedom Tower on the background

Indigo terrace, the Freedom Tower on the background

Further advice

If you decide to take part in a Rooftop Tour you must be 21 years old. If not, your access to the terrace will be forbidden. You will be asked for personal identification, so it is better to always have your passport or identity card with you.

Coming to these places requires a specific attire, so no flipflops or summer shorts, neither trainers or winter boots. Casual/chic will be ok.

Tours start around 7:30pm in a defined place, ending at about 11:30/12pm, in the same place where it started. Further transport and assistance are included.

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