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This Rooftop Bar Has Crazy Views Of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Trippy New Whirlpool

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Chinatown isn’t the only one that just got a splashy new rooftop hotel bar. Across the water in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the newly opened outpost of Starwood’s “ecoluxury” brand, 1 Hotel, opened its rooftop bar and pool over the weekend.

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A Look at Industry City’s New Tugboat Bar, Ping-Pong Arena, and Mini Golf Course

(Photos courtesy of Industry City)

Last week we shared some details of the summer offerings at Sunset Park’s Industry City – including mini-golf, ping-pong, and a satellite eatery of the Frying Pan, the wildly popular floating restaurant at Pier 66 Maritime in Chelsea.

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YURT ALERT: The Standard’s Winter Garden Is Really In-Tents

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

The bad news: One of the East Village’s secret gems, the bocce court at The Standard, has gone into hibernation. The good news: The hotel’s garden has transformed into a winter wonderland complete with Christmas trees and mini yurts.

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Our Mega Map of Outdoor Drinking and Dining Spots

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Memorial Day weekend has officially arrived, and while many of us plan to head to the beach to check out the Coney Art Walls, Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway boardwalk concessions, and this season’s newcomers to Beach 96th Street, others are way too lazy to take that hour-long train ride and are keeping it local. After all, there’s a lot going on here in town: from a theatrical prom to pin shopping to outdoor movies to the newly reopened Nowadays and Seaport Smorgasburg, to boozing on floating bars in Chelsea, Greenpoint, and Tribeca.

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Another Boat to Booze On: Grand Banks Opens For the Season

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Friday we heralded the return of our favorite booze boat with a post titled, “What About Bobbing? The Frying Pan Reopens Today.” Pretty much no one appreciated our hilarious What About Bob? reference, but that’s okay– we’ve already moved on, because another one of Manhattan’s great docked drinkeries has reopened for the season.

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Greenpoint’s Barge Bar Is Ready For Swashbuckling

Thar she blows (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Thar she blows (Photo: Nicole Disser)

If you’ve been awake for the past 48 hours or so, you’re probably well aware that it is, in fact, the month of July which means some of you, dearest readers, may be wondering, “Where the hell is that floating barge bar you promised me?” Rest assured, the Brooklyn Barge Bar is not lost at sea — rather she’s docked and nearly ready for seafaring (we jest, the barge itself will remain at the landing, historic boats and scuba excursions will do the launching). “It looks like it’s far from being finished, but it’s actually really close,” owner Will Drawbridge explained. “There’s some final bits of paperwork to do and then we’ll be done.”

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Drinking and Dining Outdoors? Here’s the Ultimate Sidewalk Cafe Map

Here it is, folks. If you’re looking to plunk down on the avenue and get a buzz on while your fellow denizens scurry to and fro as if there’s more to life than slurping oysters in God’s great outdoors, this is the only map you’ll need all summer. Give it a gander to find most every bar and restaurant with sidewalk seating in the B+B domain. And go ahead and bookmark this bad boy, because we’ll be adding to it throughout the summer to make it still more comprehensive. It’s like the Boss said: when you’re out in the street, you feel all right.

Reported by Jaime Cone and Paula Ho

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Not-Shivering Me Timbers! The Frying Pan Has Reopened For the Season

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(Photo: The Frying Pan)

All aboard the S.S. Boozy Brunch. After a winter-long hiatus, the bar-on-a-barge known to most as the Frying Pan welcomed back its devotees yesterday with beer, sangria, and a new spring menu.

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We Got Really High (and Paid $25 For a Drink) at the New Rainbow Room’s Bar

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Really high as in: 65 floors up.

In case you haven’t heard, the 80-year-old Rainbow Room (where we once partied with Jay-Z following his Radio City show — not bragging or anything) reopened this week after a five-year hiatus. That and the Subway Inn’s imminent closure (temporary, thank goodness) seemed like a good excuse for us to venture into midtown last night.

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Here’s What the Ludlow’s Lounge Looks Like Now That Its Fireplace Is Blazing

The lobby lounge. (Photos: Annie Schlechter)

The lobby lounge. (Photos: Annie Schlechter)

Seating by the fireplace.

Seating by the fireplace.

The back garden.

The back garden.

The hallway.

The hallway.

The bar.

The bar.

Back when we spent a night at the new Ludlow Hotel, the restaurant was a construction site and the lounge was off-limits. But now that Dirty French has opened and the lobby lounge’s limestone fireplace (described in a press release as “Trustafarian meets Miss Havisham”) is blazing, reps for team Sean MacPherson, Ira Drukier and Richard Born have sent over some updated images.
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