Gaze at the New York City skyline

Gaze at the New York City skyline

A visit to a rooftop bar is a typical summer pastime in New York, but with more of the city’s rooftops becoming winter-friendly, terrace hopping is no longer just a hot-weather indulgence.

230 FIFTH, one of Manhattan’s most popular rooftop bars, is doing its best to keep customers warm and cosy during the chillier months. In addition to providing patrons with red robes, the bar has installed igloos on the roof.

These inflatable plastic domes ­fitted with electric fireplaces are located right in front of the Empire State Building and a sea of other midtown skyscrapers.

“The igloo is creative and useful, and protects you from the cold. Plus it’s romantic,” says Andrea Schiffbonher of Austria, as she sits inside an igloo together with a friend, Kristina Efimov from Germany.

The young women were happily ­surprised when they saw the igloos, especially as they happened to be visiting New York during one of the coldest nights of the year.

There is a downside, though: The igloos are extremely popular and would-be patrons may need to queue out in the cold for their turn.

Cosy rooftops

230 FIFTH Rooftop Garden Bar and Restaurant, 230 5th Avenue. The igloos are open until the end of March. 230-fifth.com

Press Lounge, 653 11th ­Avenue. The glass-walled interior space offers year-round weather protection. thepresslounge.com

Haven, 132 West 47th Street. The glassed-in rooftop is fitted with personal fireplaces. havenrooftop.com

Text and photo by Mirva Lempiäinen

This article is published in the February 2017 issue of Blue Wings.