Love at First Sight – A New York Rooftop Story

The glass pavilion and ivy wall
The glass pavilion and ivy wall at the public access Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Rooftop with NYC Skyline in the background.

**The first time I got here, in the first moment I got out of the cab on the corner of Broadway and W. 111th Street, I fell in love with New York City. It was 1997 and I was 34 years old with a 5-year-old child and a full life a continent away in San Diego. After deciding it was true love and not just a crush, I planned to move to NYC as soon as I could – which turned out to be on July 27, 2010, nearly four years ago, a few weeks after my son graduated from high school and embarked on his “gap year” abroad.

While planning my escape from the easy life in San Diego to the urban whirlwind of NYC, I became increasingly passionate about New York City, read what I could, visited when I could and discovered I was always looking up and wanting to see the city from “up there.” When I finally got to rooftops, it was even better than I’d imagined. Like a middle aged woman at a candlelit dinner, rooftops show off NYC in her best and most romantic light, and I fell even harder for Gotham.

Around 2008, I began looking for books about NYC rooftops and found, much to my surprise, that there were none (this was true until 2011). I saw my opening and decided to go for it! After visiting scores of fantastic private rooftops, it became clear that my passion was really public access rooftops – so friends, family and other rooftop enthusiasts could enjoy the same thrilling experiences I was having – and Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops was born.


**I was recently asked to guest blog about what motivated me to write my book, “Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 NYC Rooftops” so I thought I’d post my response here as well.



2 thoughts on “Love at First Sight – A New York Rooftop Story

  1. Thanks for the insight, Leslie. You feel the same way about NYC that I feel for San Francisco. The difference is, I couldn’t move there if I wanted to, and if I did, I’d have no place to visit and pine for. Keep up the good work. I enjoy your emails. Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:52:27 +0000 To:

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