· Bar d'Eau—Here's another poolside destination for you this summer: up on the seventh floor at Trump Soho, Bar d'Eau and the Pool Deck are both open to the public from 6pm to 11pm daily, and from 8am to 6pm to hotel guests (we happen to think the pool's Italian mosaic tile and waterfall are a nice touch.) Diguiseppe Architecture (also responsible for the Providence Biltmore) worked on the space, which opened at the end of last summer, and hosted the after-party for the Allen Ginsberg drama Howl back in September. Also keep an eye out for the bocce ball court, and indulgent poolside nibbles like truffle butter popcorn.
· Hotel on Rivington—Back in February, we checked out The Feast, a pop up restaurant inside the yet-to-be Sanctuary Hotel. Now, the same man behind that project, Alan Philips, from Guerilla Culinary Brigade, is masterminding a new concept at the rooftop space on top of Hotel on Rivington. Starting in July, the bi-level penthouse bar—which is attached to a 2,000 square foot outdoor terrace—will become a showcase for a rotating series of pop up restaurants. Philips, who describes the series as "an ongoing, evolving space," wouldn't release any concrete details about the concepts for this summer, but offered this wisdom: "Pop ups are different, they're interesting. They're a way to give people that special 'New York moment' experience."
· The Surrey Roof Garden—Yeah, yeah, we know The Surrey is a private, guests-only place, but it never hurts to have friends in high places. Once you do manage to get up to the roof, dazzling views of upper Manhattan and Central Park will leave your jaw on the wooden deck floor, so take a few minutes to soak it all up from one of the oversized wicker armchairs. Inspired by traditional English city gardens, the well-manicured terrace boasts purple Salvia East Frieslands and English dwarf lavender—not to mention thyme, basil, and mint, all of which are mixed fresh into the house's signature Muddled Lemonade ($15, choose your own ingredients).
· Upstairs—The Kimberly Hotel's rooftop space has been going strong since it officially opened in February 2010—last month, the VIP midtown oasis even hosted the premiere party for the latest season of Real Housewives of New York City. The atmosphere is glitzy and urban, with marble-topped bar and tiny, festive light bulbs (not to mention the Chrysler building overhead), and the Alex Ott-designed drink menu fits the look—the "Rum Service" combines rum with tobacco-infused honey, pear and lime ($16.) For access to the retractable-glass-roof, heated-floor penthouse terrace, use a separate street-level entrance, adjacent to the main hotel lobby, and ride the express elevator up. The stairs would take far too long.
· Hotel Americano—Not quite ready to open its doors (the lobby itself was still littered with boxes, so we snapped a photo of the ground-floor terrace, above), the forthcoming Hotel Americano is set to charm Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. So far, the only details that have been confirmed are that the rooftop bar will encompass a Mediterranean restaurant, pool, and terrace—all of which are slated for "mid-summer." For gallery types, the Americano will provide a much-needed haven between gallery-hopping along Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.