Best for Joining the Pool Party
Grace Hotel; 125 W. 45th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-380-2711
Hours: MTh (5 p.m.midnight), F and S (5 p.m.2 a.m.)
Known for raucous pool parties, the Grace understands that its patrons don’t want to go far for their poolside beverages. Solution: swim-up bar. Even out of the water, three full bars are just steps away from the illuminated pool, while D.J.'s keep the music going.
18 Ninth Ave.; nr. 13th St.; 212-206-6700
Hours: MTh (9 a.m.6 p.m.)
The hefty price tag hasn’t deterred patrons from this meatpacking district rooftop. Wealthy professionals and model types splurge on the "renewal day package," which includes a massage, a facial, lip balm, sunscreen, and one poolside cocktail. Even with the unconventional hours, the small deck fills up quickly. Those who arrive even a few hours past opening shouldn’t expect seats.
Gansevoort Park Avenue
420 Park Ave., at 29th St.; 212-317-2900
Hours: Su (3 p.m.)
Party people who don't want to drop cash on the Hotel Gansevoort’s day passes can check out the Gansevoort Park Avenue’s second summer series. Usually, the Park Avenue rooftop pool is closed to the public, but every Sunday, the doors open up and D.J.'s spin house and trance sets. Entrance is free, but RSVP is suggested.
29 Ninth Ave., nr. 14th St.; 212-627-9800
Cost: Membership starts at $1,800
Hours: For children: MW (9 a.m.5 p.m., ThF (9 a.m.2 p.m.), SSu (8 a.m.11:30 a.m.); for adults: MTu (9 a.m.1 a.m.), WF (9 a.m.2 a.m.), SSu (8 a.m.12 a.m.)
With sky-high membership prices, the Soho House has extraordinary privileges that include the private rooftop pool and members-only club. Amenities at the small heated pool include a full waitstaff and views of the West Village and the Hudson River. If the swank doesn't seem worth the price, you can always hope to get an invite from a member and attend as a guest.
King & Grove Williamsburg
160 N. 12th St., nr. Bedford Ave., Brooklyn; 718-218-7500
Cost: $45/day, table reservations available here*
Hours: Daily (11 a.m.9 p.m.)
Once only open to guests, the saltwater pool at the former Hotel Williamsburg now welcomes the public to swim. Stadium-step seating, wooden lounge chairs, and a cabana greet patrons who must limbo under a small bar in order to enter the pool area. Local beers and drink pitchers made to order are just a bonus to the great Williamsburg viewsscenery and people.
26-01 Jackson Ave., at 44th Dr., Queens; no phone
Cost and Hours: Varies. Check thepalmsnyc.com for details.
Bushwick’s 3rd Ward and warehouse-party promoters the Danger, MacroSea, and Chashama teamed up to make a pool party unlike any other summer playpen. Partygoers can bop between three dumpster pools, a dance floor with live bands and D.J.'s,, and food-truck snacks. Super Soakers and Porta-Johns keep pretension out the door, even though the parties aren’t announced until a few days before. Mystery is all part of the fun.
*This article has been corrected to show that King & Grove now charges $45 admission for non-hotel guests.