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American Copper Buildings Outdoor Pool (Citi Habitats) American Copper Buildings Outdoor Pool (Citi Habitats)
Have you ever wondered why New York City is so much warmer and more humid than its western coastal counterparts? The East Coast's higher humidity is largely due to the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean. its currents in our neck of the woods flow clockwise, bringing warm water from southern latitudes northward via the Gulf Stream. Combined with the trajectory of the jet stream, this results in much warmer water and air temperatures compared to coastal cities of similar latitudes on the country's west coast.
New York City is particularly muggy in July and August. Fortunately, the city's 79 public outdoor pools, dispersed throughout the five boroughs, opened on June 27, 2024, allowing residents to cool down and swim free of charge.Some lucky locals only need to travel within their building for a refreshing dip or swim outdoors. The latest such example is named The Ellery, which launched leasing earlier this year, bringing an outdoor pool accessible to residents of its 321 studio to two-bedroom apartments.

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The Smile, 148 East 126th Street
The Smile, 148 East 126th Street East Harlem
The Set, 455 Tenth Avenue
The Set, 455 Tenth Avenue Midtown West
Mercedes House, 550 West 54th Street
Mercedes House, 550 West 54th Street Midtown West
3ELEVEN, 311 Eleventh Avenue
3ELEVEN, 311 Eleventh Avenue Chelsea
The Suffolk, 55 Suffolk Street
The Suffolk, 55 Suffolk Street Lower East Side
The Ellery exterior and rooftop swimming pool and sundeck (Compass)
Terrace with outdoor pool Sky lounge with access to rooftop pool at The Ellery (Compass)
Despite the tower's busy location at the cusp of Hell's Kitchen and Times Square, its designers sought to create a serene atmosphere for residents within. In addition to a common roof terrace with a 40-foot lap pool and a sun deck, other bells and whistles include a private park, fitness center, and a spa with a sauna and steam room. Rents start at $4,365/month for studios, $5,275/month for one-bedrooms, and $8,950/month for two-bedrooms.
Open kitchen and dining area at The Ellerly
The Ellery is the latest luxury residential building to include an outdoor pool as part of its amenity suite, adding value and appeal to a prime address. Below, we explore 30 recently-finished rental developments across the city incorporating this highly sought-after feature.

Gateway is the first residential development to take shape in Battery Park City, and is surrounded by a private park. Its amenities were designed to make the most of Hudson River views, and include a rooftop terrace, an outdoor pool, an 8,000-square-foot fitness center, a lounge, a party room, and a children’s playroom.

180 Water Street rentals 180 Water Street is among a new crop of rental buildings with rooftop swimming pools and decks
Designed by Cetra/Ruddy, 180 Water Street brings a new caliber of luxury rentals to the Financial District with its condo-quality apartments and upscale amenities. A rooftop pool with skyline views is the crowning glory, and additional offerings include a dramatic lobby, concierge service, fitness center and yoga studio, entertaining kitchen and dining room, lounge, and gaming area.
180-Water-Street-01 All images of 180 Water Street via Metro Loft Management

The Suffolk, 55 Suffolk Street The Suffolk (Gotham Organization)
Just south of the Essex Crossing mega-development, The Suffolk's address puts it close to popular Lower East Side dining and nightlife. However, the amenity offering in the building is rich enough that residents may not need to leave. A rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool overlooks the Lower Manhattan skyline and the East River.
Rooftop deck with outdoor pool


Studios from $4,172 | 1 Beds from $5,492 | 2 Beds from $13,103

One month free rent and one month OP on a 13-month lease

Entrance to 241 West 28th Street Ruby (Douglas Elliman)
Designed by the biophilic-leaning COOKFOX, Ruby brings new housing and abundant greenery to the former site of a parking lot across the street from FIT. The LEED Silver-certified building is underpinned by high-performance systems that optimize energy performance and indoor air quality, and a similar attention to detail was brought to the building's amenities. These include a rooftop terrace with outdoor pool, lounging area, and grilling terrace.
Rooftop pool

Ruby Chelsea, #19AN (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

3ELEVEN, 311 Eleventh Avenue 3ELEVEN (Douglaston Development)
Across the street from Hudson Yards, 3ELEVEN makes its own mark on the new West Side skyline, not to mention the local rental market with its well-appointed apartments and extensive amenities. A lushly landscaped pool deck enjoys lounge areas, cabanas, and views of the Hudson River.
Roof deck with outdoor pool
Living room and open kitchen
Open kitchen and dining area

Just south of Hudson Yards, The Set offers a new take on pied-a-terre apartments with fully furnished units, flexible lease terms, and full services built into the monthly fees. Three floors of dedicated amenity space further contribute to the luxury hotel atmosphere, and include a roof deck with pool, garden, and residents-only restaurant run by Dan Kluger.
455 Tenth Avenue roof deck with outdoor pool All images of The Set via Related
Living room with Empire State Building views
Open kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen’s Mercedes House is a glass building with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the views of the Hudson River and the city. In addition to their onsite concierge, VIP pet concierge, Ritz Carlton hotel exchange program and many more perks, the Mercedes House has two pools, one indoor and one outdoor, to keep its residents swimming all year long.

Mercedes House, #1153 (Two Trees Management Co)

HOUSE39 is ideally situated to make the most of spectacular Manhattan skyline views from the apartments and the rooftop pool and hot tubs inside and out. Resort-style amenities elsewhere include a co-working space, fully equipped fitness center, indoor and outdoor game rooms, outdoor playground, and a Great Lawn with playground, cabanas, grilling and dining areas, and fire pit.
225-East-39th-Street-01 All images of HOUSE39 via Rose Associates

HOUSE39, #29I (Rose Associates)

This impressive 71-story rental tower designed by the Rockwell Group has over 70,000 square feet of fitness, spa, cafe, lounge, and athletic facilities. To complement this, they have a skydeck with two-zero edged pools.
(The Moinian Group)
Bold New York

Extell Development Company’s Hudson Yards’ 555 Ten offers luxury rental apartments and a slew of amenities to fit. Located 56 stories up, the observation roof deck features a southwest-facing swimming pool that almost feels like an extension of the Hudson River.
(Extell Marketing)

555Ten, #40I (Extell Marketing Group LLC)

Between its white steel latticed exterior and 40,000 square feet of residential amenities, ARO is a highly attractive rental both inside and out. An attended lobby sets the tone, and the building is topped off with a Sky Club featuring a lounge and outdoor pool with breathtaking views. In between, amenities include lounges, an indoor pool, a fitness center, a basketball court, a golf simulator, a chef's kitchen, lounges, a game room, and landscaped outdoor terraces.
242-West-53rd-Street-01 All images of ARO via Algin Management

From its stunning copper facade to its 60,000 square feet of amenities, the American Copper Buildings will be considered a top NYC rental for a long time. Here you'll find a rooftop infinity pool with impeccable city and river views, an indoor 75' skybridge lap pool, a Turkish-style hammam, a double-height fitness center with a climbing wall, playroom, residents' lounge, juice bar, and tons more.
The Copper rooftop pool Rooftop pool at The Copper (Max Touhey, courtesy of JDS Development Group)
(Citi Habitats)

The Copper, #E36F (MNS)

Studios from $2,995 | 1 Beds from $3,600

2 months free rent on a 15-month lease

Between its design by Bjarke Ingels Group and its extensive amenity package, The Smile changed the game for East Harlem rentals. The building got its name from its curved facade, and is topped with a rooftop club offering a swimming pool, three whirlpools, grilling and dining areas, and an open-air movie area.
Rooftop pool The Smile (Mack Property Management)
Living room with floor-to-ceiling windows
Open kitchen with island

Studios from $2,975 | 2 Beds from $4,500

1.5-month signing bonus on two-beds

On the corner of East 103rd Street in the heart of East Harlem, 1998 Second Avenue offers well-appointed apartments and a series of five-star amenities. It is topped with a roof terrace with an outdoor pool, a 17-foot LED television, barbecue areas, table seating, and foldable glass doors leading to an indoor lounge.
1998-Second-Avenue-01 1998 Second Avenue (Bolivar Development)


Studio for $4,455 | 1 Beds from $5,092 | 2 Bed for $8,044

Up to one month free rent on a 12-month lease

As the rental component of the full-block Front & York development, Magnolia DUMBO surrounds a private park and enjoys an extensive indoor amenities package. To literally top it all of is a rooftop deck with outdoor pool and views of the Manhattan Bridge.
Rooftop pool deck Magnolia DUMBO (Greystar)
Living room and open kitchen

In a formerly industrial section of Greenpoint, West Wharf brings a robust residential community to the waterfront. The building has attracted attention for its well-appointed apartments and extensive indoor amenity package, and the rooftop deck boasts an outdoor pool and sweeping Manhattan skyline views.
Rooftop pool with Manhattan skyline views West Wharf (Halcyon Management Group)
Living room and open kitchen
Private balcony

An early entrant in the Greenpoint building boom, The Bellslip is part of the Greenpoint Landing development. It changed the local game with its tall height and extensive amenity package, which includes a rooftop terrace with outdoor pool.
Rooftop pool with Manhattan skyline views The Bellslip (Brookfield Properties)
Living room with river and skyline views
Dining area and open kitchen

Described by its architect as "a ziggurat and its inverse," Eagle + West was designed to make the most of Manhattan skyline views while making a statement on its own skyline. It is further distinguished by its extensive indoor/outdoor amenity package -- the roof deck alone offers an outdoor pool, a bocce court, BBQ grills, and lounging and dining areas, all of which look out on beautiful skyline vistas.
Rooftop pool with skyline views Eagle + West (Brookfield Properties)
Living room with city views
Open kitchen

The 432-foot-high BKLYN AIR is topped with a roof deck housing the Sky Pool, a landscaped terrace and lounge deck, grilling and dining areas, and life-sized chess and checkers. Interior amenities, which include a Sky Lounge and two-level fitness center, were also designed to make the most of panoramic views.
309-Gold-Street-01 All images of BKLYN AIR via Lalezarian Properties

Studios from $4,350 | 1 Bed for $6,195

1 month free rent on a 12-month least

One South First's apartments and amenities were designed to make the most of views of the Manhattan skyline, the Williamsburg Bridge, and Domino Park. These include a rooftop pool, rooftop cabanas, grilling stations and dining areas, fitness center, lounge, billiards room, children's playroom, co-working lounges, screening room, and pet spa.
260-Kent-Avenue-01 All images of One South First via Compass

420 Kent Avenue, three multi-dimensional glass towers designed by the award-winning architect ODA New York, is located directly on the East River in Williamsburg. In addition to their 20,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, over 25,000 square feet of indoor amenities, and more than 80,000 square feet of outdoor space including a 400-foot-long landscaped riverside esplanade located in the center of Brooklyn’s best neighborhood, the buildings offer residents a rooftop pool on the top of each building with close up views of the East River, the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges.
(Citi Habitats)
(Credit: Albert Vecerka)

Located on the lovely Williamsburg waterfront, 1 North 4th Place has an outdoor pool surrounded by an 8,500-square-foot sun deck with chaise and lounge seating, a movie screen, and an outdoor BBQ area for those perfect summer nights.
(Douglaston Development)

Brooklyn Crossing is the tallest building in the Pacific Park master plan, and one of the tallest in Brooklyn. By virtue of its height, residents can enjoy open city views from their homes and the building's amenities. That is especially the case from the 51st floor, which is home to an outdoor rooftop pool and cabanas.
18-Sixth-Avenue-01 Brooklyn Crossing (Brodsky Organization)

A stone's throw from Brooklyn Crossing (see above), Plank Road was fully leased seven months since receiving its first temporary certificate of occupancy, and current availabilities are few and far between. Developer Brodsky Organization attributes this to its prime Brooklyn location, high-quality apartments, and first-class amenities that include a rooftop pool with lounge areas.
662-Pacific-Street-01 Plank Road (VMI rendering for IF Studio)

1 Beds from $5,095

1/2 month free rent or 1/2 month OP

The newest component of the Pacific Park master plan, 595 Dean Street brings new public park space and a Chelsea Piers outpost to its Brooklyn neighborhood. However, the rooftop terrace with outdoor pool, sun deck, grills, and open views is exclusive to residents of the building.
595 Dean Street, Brooklyn rental 595 Dean Street (TF Cornerstone)
Rooftop pool
Living room
Interiors with open kitchen

PLG is the tallest building in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and the amenity-rich rental sets new standards for neighborhood living. Outdoor amenities alone include a rooftop pool, rooftop terrace with barbecue area, outdoor fitness terrace, dog run, and children's play area.
123-Linden-Boulevard-01 All images of PLG via Moinian Group

Hill West Architects designed 363 Bond’s avant-garde rooftop pool which has unobstructed views of Downtown Manhattan and a Brooklyn mural designed by the legendary LA-based graffiti artist Tristan Eaton. Other amenities include a lifestyle concierge and a shuffleboard court.
(Douglas Elliman)

1 Beds from $3,060 | 2 Beds from $3,680

2 months free rent on move-ins by July 15

Located in the heart of Coney Island's recent renaissance, 1515 Surf Avenue holds the distinction of being New York's largest residential geothermal building to date. However, the building's environmental friendliness has not done a thing to detract from its luxury. An incredible array of resort-style amenities spans from the landscaped courtyard at the base of the building to the Ocean Deck with outdoor pool.
1515 Surf Avenue, Coney Island rental 1515 Surf Avenue (LCOR)
Outdoor terrace with rooftop pool and ocean views
Living room with terrace access
Central courtyard

Sven is one of the tallest buildings in Long Island City, not to mention one of the most amenity-rich and environmentally friendly. The development plan for Sven includes a new half-acre public park in front of the building, but an outdoor pool with a green wall is for residents only.
Sven Tower. Photo courtesy of the Durst Organization Sven (Durst Organization)
29-59-Northern-Boulevard-01 Sven (The Durst Organization)

Jackson Park comprises a trio of 53-, 44-, and 42-story towers that surround a private, 1.6-acre park with a spacious lawn, dog park, children’s playground, bocce court, fresh-air ping-pong, BBQ stations, and more. The adjacent Club offers five stories and 45,000 square feet of amenities that include a fireside lounge, a fitness center with a 75-foot indoor pool, yoga and Pilates studios, a steam room, a dining room with a demonstration kitchen, a tech area, a conference center, a game room with a poker table, a golf simulator, and full-size courts for basketball, volleyball, and squash. Cabanas and chaise lounge chairs sit beside a heated outdoor pool on the rooftop sundeck.
Jackson-Park-01 All images of Jackson Park via Tishman Speyer

Studios from $3,595 | 1 Beds from $3,986

Up to 1 month free rent on a 12-month lease

The sleek and modern residences at 1 QPS have stunning views from the apartments, which are only made better with their Zen-like pool, located 45 stories up, featuring 360 views, a landscaped deck, a grilling station, and a state-of-the-art sound system.
(Douglas Elliman)
(Douglas Elliman)

Studio for $3,500 | 3 Bed for $8,995

1 month free rent on a 12-month lease

The Crescent Club's red brick facade nods to Long Island City's industrial history, but its amenities are everything the modern buyer has come to expect and desire. These include a rooftop pool, landscaped backyard with grilling, dining, and lounging areas, state-of-the-art fitness center, business lounge, media lounge, children's playroom, and Sky Lounge.
41-17-Crescent-Street-01 All images of Crescent Club via Simon Baron Development

Long Island City’s QLIC is a rental building offering residents a rooftop outdoor pool, cabanas overlooking the Manhattan skyline, an open-air theater, an outdoor barbecue, and kitchen and dining areas on the 10th floor.
(World Wide Group)
(World Wide Group)

With 26,000 square feet of amenities, the Forge’s outdoor pool is just one of the many luxury offerings, which also include landscaped courtyards, sculpture gardens, and outdoor movie lawns.
(Brause Realty)

Studio for $3,157 | 1 Beds from $3,475 | 2 Bed for $7,170

Up to 1 month free rent on a 13-month lease

The "cool factor" has come to Astoria, and new rental Astoria West is situated in the heart of the area. Residents of the well-appointed apartments have access to indoor and outdoor amenities that include a rooftop with an outdoor pool, lounge area, and waterfront deck with BBQs and cabanas overlooking stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River.
30-77-Vernon-Boulevard-01 Astoria West (Corcoran)

On the Harlem River waterfront, Third at Bankside brings a robust rental community to the former JL Mott Iron Works site in the Bronx. The complex features 20,000 square feet of residential amenities, topped with outdoor pool deck with grilling stations, furnished terrace, full kitchens, event rooms, and sweeping views.
2401-Third-Avenue-01 Third at Bankside (Brookfield Properties)