While we may throw a few folding chairs and a potted-palm on the roof for summer rooftop BBQ’s, there’s a whole other scale of botanic luxury sitting on top of the concrete jungle to be inspired by. For the first time, you can linger in the gardens of New Yorker’s most wealthy home-owners and (almost) feel the breeze as it soars by, twenty stories above the hustle. A newly released book by Denise LeFrak Calicchio and Roberta Model Amon, Rooftop Gardens: The Terraces, Conservatories, and Balconies of New York, grants you a moment’s access to the most elite sky-high lounges this city has to offer (Michael Kors celebrated the premier book signing with an exclusive shopping event last Tuesday at the new Madison Avenue Collection Flagship Store—100% of book sales from the event benefited The Breast Cancer Research Foundation). Get a sneak peek of the book and our personal favorite rooftop havens in the slideshow below.
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The position of the Jean Nouvel terrace on the seventh floor al- lows quiet enjoyment of the sunset in the evening and a rare view of decorative elements of nineteenth-century buildings nearby. Blue lights mounted to thespines of the umbrel- las and additional lighting amongst the plantings produce a stunning effect for a special occasion.
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The essence of Manhattan seems laid out in this view facing east across the treetops of Central Park. The lawn is an unexpected feature at this level. Silver King Japanese spindle tree, a broad-leafed evergreen with flowers in yellow and green shades, has pinkish-red berries favored by many species of birds. A red weeping Japanese maple and a sphere of boxwood provide contrast in color and form near the lounge chairs.