Not many persons would have spent their time on a rooftop bar and the author concedes that although the rooftop bar was born and conceived in New York, it is not a new concept. Before New York city became full of skyscrapers lots of people in New York loved to explore their vertical extremes. It was estimated that since 1883, New Yorkers have been exploring what they can get in terms of drinking and partying at the top of the heights. It was in 1883 that Rudolf Aronso first established a rooftop garden in his newly built Casino Theater that was situated at 39th street and Broadway. Suddenly, the rooftop garden became a phenomenon of a gilded age which tended to mix together vaudeville and vice as well as performance with pleasure for those who were born to enjoy their life and giving them the ability to do so at greater heights in rooftops. In June of 1905 the New York Times reported a rooftop party where party goers drank and danced above the people below them while those on the ground floors heard what was going on. These events though were not done on a rooftop but they tend to emphasize the fact that people have always loved to party at extreme heights.
- NYC’s original rooftop bars were an amazing poppouuri of animal and variety acts.
- These high in the sky places to eat, drink and be dazzled seated hundreds.
- Oscar Hammerstein and Florenz Ziegfeld were two of the entertainment industry titans who helped fund the original NYC rooftop bars.
“The rooftop garden was soon a Gilded Age phenomenon, mixing vaudeville and vice, pleasure and performance, for well-heeled Bon-Vivants who liked to spend their summers high above the sweltering streets.”