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The Eugene's roof deck (Max Touhey) The Eugene's roof deck (Max Touhey)
Shortly after New York went on lockdown to keep the COVID-19 pandemic at bay in March 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a 90-day moratorium on evictions throughout the state. We are one week out from the expiration of the New York State on Pause order as of this writing, but Governor Cuomo has extended the order until August 20. Moreover, he called for a ban on fees for late payments and allowed renters to use security deposits as payment.

The announcement comes at a time when residential amenities, one of the major draws to certain New York City rentals, have to be rethought. In the current market, amenities like gyms, lounges, and business centers have been conceived with an open-plan vibe that could be all too conducive to the spread of germs. This has caused developers and designers to rethink the design of existing amenities and how to handle amenities in future projects.

In this new landscape, outdoor space is at a greater premium than ever. Not only do residential roof decks offer stunning views and a wide variety of activities, but they also allow for more effective social distancing. Check out our top ten list of rentals with the best rooftops below.

1. 555Ten, 555 Tenth Avenue
(Extell Marketing)
A rental tower that consistently lands on our Top 10 Lists, Hudson Yards' 555Ten features a slew of amenities, including a seriously breathtaking observation roof deck located 56 stories up in the air. Along with stunning city and river views, lucky residents will enjoy private cabanas, chaise lounges, and a southwest-facing swimming pool. Prices are net effective to indicate a rent concession.

2. HOUSE39, 225 East 39th Street
(Courtesy of Evan Joseph)
This curved 297-unit Murray Hill rental has a number of rooftop amenities to enjoy, including a pool, party room, hot tub, cabanas, gas grills, and an outdoor fire pit. Residents can also take in the 360-degree city views from 36 floors up in the sky. All prices are net effective, and the building offers virtual leasing and move-ins with enhanced cleaning and social distancing protocols.

3. Sky, 605 West 42nd Street
(The Moinian Group)
Although this amenity-packed tower stands a staggering 71 stories tall, its spacious sky deck is situated well below and boasts two zero-edge pools, a ton of lounge seating, and sweet city vistas. 3D virtual tours are offered for the available units.

4. Solari, 42 West 33rd Street
(The Torkian Group)
Now that Midtown West's Solari launched leasing for its 223 rental apartments, move-in ready tenants can take full advantage of its luxury amenities, which include a rooftop deck with cabanas, chaise lounges, a natural zen green-wall, grilling stations, and a rooftop lounge featuring a radiant fireplace, comfortable theater, and catering kitchen. And since the rooftop faces the Empire State Building, views are incomparable.

5. EVGB, 510 East 14th Street
(Extell Marketing)
Extell's latest rental proves that not all the best amenities are reserved for skyscrapers. The 7-story complex, which is currently offering two months of free rent, is topped off with a 19,000-square-foot roof deck complete with fire pits, pergolas, lounge seating, bocce courts, an outdoor screening area, and a fitness area. All listed rents are net effective.

6. 525W52, 525 West 52nd Street
(Taconic Investment Partners)
Located in Hell's Kitchen, this Handel Architects-designed rental boasts a rooftop lounge, a sundeck with panoramic city views, and a 10,000-square-foot landscaped outdoor amenity space complete with grilling stations, bocce ball, ping pong, and shuffleboard.

7. 507 West Chelsea, 507 West 28th Street
(Lalezarian Properties)
A giant chess set isn't something you thought you needed, but looking at 507 West Chelsea playfully-designed roof deck, it's hard not to envision the amount of fun to be had. And certainly, it doesn't hurt that the 35-story tower possesses panoramic city and Hudson River views, outdoor furniture, and BBQ areas.

8. The Eugene, 435 West 31st Street
(Brookfield Properties)
Perched 62 stories in the air, The Eugene boasts the highest rental roof deck in NYC. The views are truly breathtaking (and scary if you're acrophobic) and are available to residents who are part of the building's members-only Hudson Club. The rooftop terrace features BBQ areas and lounge chairs. Leases signed by May 15 can get up to 2 months free rent, and virtual tours are available.

9. Mercedes House, 550 West 54th Street
(Two Trees Management)
Built in 2010, Mercedes House is still a visionary complex that spirals 32 stories above the city with unobstructed views of the Hudson River. Its two outdoor decks come with green space for sunbathing, bocce courts, a putting green, and an outdoor movie theater where movies have been shown regularly during the spring and summer. Prices are net effective to indicate a rent concession, and virtual tours are available.

10. 535W43, 535 West 43rd Street
(Bold New York)
The CetraRuddy-designed 535W43 complex is comprised of two towers and features a rooftop garden on both. One is designed for relaxation while the other - equipped with four individual outdoor kitchens - is perfect for entertaining and dining. Each rooftop provides residents with sweeping views of the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan. All prices are net effective, and virtual tours are available.

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