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We’re in it. The hottest part of the year. Rooftop weather. Right now it seems like the long, steamy days, sudden thunderstorms and sultry nights will last forever, but one of the sweetest things about summer is how fleeting it always feels. Here are three ways to take full advantage of the season and get up on a rooftop, take a deep breath, absorb the view and appreciate the moment.

Get a drink

New York being a drinker’s paradise, the most obvious rooftop activity for summer months is cooling down with a glass of something cold, refreshing and, well, dehydrating. We visited Rooftop Reds in the Brooklyn Navy Yard earlier this summer and highly recommend ordering a rosé tasting flight followed by a bottle of whichever wine you enjoyed the most. They also have hammocks for post-sipping total relaxation.

BB contributor Ellen Killoran has a new favorite rooftop drinking venue this year. She writes: The Llama Inn rooftop bar has managed to create a near-impossible oasis from the city while being so close to the BQE that you can almost touch it (strategic design keeps the roadway hidden). The compact space above Williamsburg’s new Peruvian destination restaurant feels like a tropical getaway, somehow muffling the noise right outside. The Spanish and Latin American wine list will challenge the palate. The Bodegas Los Bermejos ($13) is not your typical bone-dry rose, and the Llama Del Ray ($13), their signature frozen Pisco-red wine punch, will make your tastebuds stand at attention. (more…)

04/10/13 9:04am
Thu April 11, 2013 - Sun April 14, 2013

Our friends at SideTour have a particularly spring-tacular line-up of classes and experience to choose from this week. On Thursday, April 11, head to Fort Greene to decode the myths and mysteries of mezcal in a private tasting with Chantal Martineau, a spirits nerd and travel writer who has a book coming out about the smokey spirit. Mezcal is similar to tequila, but smoky and complex with a fascinating history. This is the perfect class to up your summer cocktail game. If you go in more for the sweet stuff, on Sunday, April 14, there’s an opportunity to explore beekeeping at Eagle Street Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint with the fabulous Annie Novak. Learn about urban farming and beekeeping while marveling at the stunning views from the farm.