New Year’s Eve Rooftop Tip for great FIREWORKS Views

I love fireworks. And I love Central Park.

For most of the past several New Year’s Eves, I have walked-jogged-run-hung out at the Midnight Run in Central Park. Thousands show up for this annual event. There is a fabulous, free dance party with live music before the run (starting at 10 PM), and FIREWORKS as the race begins.

If you’d prefer a little bit dressier New Year’s Eve, here’s my hot rooftop tip: The Roof at the Viceroy Hotel on W. 57th Street.This is the ONLY rooftop bar in NYC to look right up the center of Central Park. There will be an unobstructed view of the 15 minute firework display that will be ignited about 15 blocks away – super close in fireworks terms!

It’s The Roof’s first New Year’s Eve (the bar opened in Spring 2014) and they are going “all out” according to Matthew Charles, the venue’s charming General Manager. There will be a Gatsby theme, as well as a gold and black color scheme (gold on the inside roof bar, black on the outdoor terrace) so dress accordingly.

This is a ticketed event

Photo from The Roof website - unparralled view up center of Central Park
Photo from The Roof website – unparralled view up center of Central Park

so the link is below. If the package you’re interested in is sold out, Matthew asked that you call the and talk with him 212/707-8008. They can probably work you and your party in, but don’t wait too long. This is a cozy rooftop bar and only a lucky few of you will get this exclusive rooftop view of the Midnight Run in Central Park’s fireworks.

photo from The Roof's website. Interior bar at The Roof
photo from The Roof’s website. Interior bar at The Roof

Wishing you a 2015 full of inspiring rooftop views.



One thought on “New Year’s Eve Rooftop Tip for great FIREWORKS Views

  1. Leslie…I, too, have been searching for Laura Rosen. We went all through school together (Tenafly, NJ) – she so artistic and I, a writer. We complemented each other. As we’re planning our 50th HS reunion, I was CONFIDENT I could find her, as we had some contact over the years, especially when she photographed AT&T’s Golden Boy for her “Rooftop” book. I Googled her with every word that related to her, including using her middle name, to avoid conflicts with any other Laura Rosen, but was unsuccessful. Had lunch today with another HS classmate – whose husband, it turns out, also is a photographer. I thought maybe they would have come in contact over the years. Alas, no. BUT in no time flat, the couple had found your article and Laura’s web site! WHAT HAD I MISSED IN DOING MY SEARCH?? Anyway, your article title (“How I found Laura Rosen…”) couldn’t have been more perfect! Hopefully, she’s received both Nicole and my e-mails to her and will get back to us. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with her. I also have to ask you: Did you do a rooftop at the Arbour-Bergen home on Columbia Heights a few years ago? That would REALLY make this a small world! I’d love to hear from you, as well. What fun to read your pieces! Sincerely, Ilene Manahan

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