For $25 You Can Stand on a Freezing Roof Sipping a Cocktail from a Glass Carved from Ice

According to TimeOut the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which we know as the building that blighted the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade until One Manhattan Square, aka “The Cheese Grater” (someone once commented on BHB, “It gives Pecorino Romano a bad name”) utterly trashed it, has found a way to make money off its rooftop garden in what, so far, is proving to be a very chilly winter. “Harriet’s Rooftop”, its open-to-the-sky oasis in more clement weather, has been transformed to the “Polar Lounge”, now “a winter oasis with a glacial landscape of carved ice sofas, stools and tables by Okamoto Studio and a menu of cocktails served in ice glasses.”

For a mere $25 you can stand on the roof and enjoy one cocktail on ice while admiring “incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.” Should you not have come with adequate winter clothing, “1 Hotels partnered with Moose Knuckles to provide luxury coats for visitors to borrow for their time outside.” If you want to go first class, get together with some friends and get a “VIP Table” – $200 or $50 per person – carved from ice, with ice sofas and stools. Along with your cocktail you’ll get “a caviar amuse-bouche, sustainably sourced from Pearl Street Caviar.”

Should this all sound a bit over the top sybaritic, know that

1 Hotels has also partnered with Oceanic Global, a non-profit aimed to protect the oceans. A percentage of proceeds from The Polar Lounge will benefit Oceanic Global’s educational programs and industry solutions.

Of course, if you want to skip the freezing rooftop, you can simply contribute to Oceanic Global directly.

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  • Jorale-man

    Gee, sounds like fun. The term “winter oasis” should only be used in a sentence with Hawaii or some other tropical paradise, not the bleak season that we’re experiencing.

  • aeshtron

    The weather in Hawaii is awful year round. NYC winters would be better if they were much colder and longer. I love snow and ice! Different strokes for different folks : )

  • Bradley Frome

    I hadn’t heard of One Manhattan Square referred to as a Cheese Grater before … and the Pecorino Romano comment was definitely a LOL! Sadly, my friends who live in that neighborhood (and despise that building like many of us) report that three more buildings will be going up along the shore just north of OMSq.

  • Arch Stanton

    Sounds more like the “Suckers Longe” they’ll do plenty of business…

  • Standish Matt D

    Maybe I’m the only one here who actually enjoyed going to this.

  • BrooklynNoob

    Get used to it. Lots of old cranky ones on this site! *man screams at cloud*

  • Arch Stanton

    I’m admittedly a skeptic and this scene does sound somewhat dreadful. However, I’m always willing to stand corrected. So please tell us, what was it like, what was enjoyable about it?