One of the things I love most about Brooklyn is hanging out on her rooftops. What a perfectly appropriate thing to do in the summer, don't you think? The views are spectacular...even if they're not, it's always good to get a different perspective on things. And whether you're 20 feet up or 50 feet up you get a better idea of what it'd be like if you were much, much taller. There's also a sense of danger and defiance. It's usually somewhere you don't really belong, but the landlord turns the other way and gives you free reign.
There are so many interesting roofs to explore too. Just down the street from me is Rooftop Farms...a whole farm, with veggies and chickens! I've volunteered there a few times just because it was a fun thing to do on a Sunday morning.
Rooftop parties are guaranteed to be a good time. The party could be lame in any other circumstance, but put it on a roof and BAM! fun times for all. A popular Brooklyn tradition was the 4th of July rooftop parties....from which we would gaze up at the exploding skies in awe and wonder. However, these have since stopped happening as now they take place in New Jersey and us tax-payers on the other side of Manhattan I guess can just go to hell. Or get drunk in the basement.
Here are some pics of recent rooftop events I have attended in Brooklyn....
This was a party hosted by a young German woman I just met the week before at Union Pool. She was so outgoing and friendly she invited me and a few friends over to her and her boyfriend's roof in the Navy Yard. I love the Navy Yard area....all industrial and mysterious. The party was small but the company was good and the roof was spectacular.
The next party was an art event hosted by the Humble Arts Foundation that one of my friends participated in. It was called Manual Transmission which involved the collaboration of 10 artists using 35mm film to project slides, played in tandem with the others on a series of screens, manually operated. Music was playing and the weather was perfect.
I hope to get another few rooftops in before the end of the summer. The one on top of my building is pretty special too, just a block from the East River with amazing Manhattan views.