Is New York City's Tar Beach still a thing?
July 8, 2014 8:27 PM Subscribe
The door to the roof of my new NYC apartment beckons to me with dreams of sunset glasses of wine and weekend lunch picnics, but am I inviting trouble? Does "unofficial rooftop access" exist?
I know people in the city hang out on their roofs all the time, but exactly how kosher is this? And what is the limit? Do landlords on average just turn a blind eye? Details inside.
posted by snappysnapper to Home & Garden (28 answers total)
I have no plans on hosting a big rooftop party/blasting music/smoking/grilling on the roof, but it would be nice to read up there occasionally and maybe even keep some potted plants in the summer.
Door has no warning signs except a "keep door closed when not in use" placard. Door is not alarmed and is locked from the inside with one of those hook and loop deals. Not sure what the roof is made of, but it is painted white. It is a three story building, the roof is empty at the moment, and my apartment is on the top floor so I would be careful to only walk above my own apartment as to not disturb others with noise.
Nothing mentioned about rooftop access in the lease.
Haven't met the other tenants yet, and thus haven't had to ask them.
Until I know how common a practice this unofficial rooftop thing is I would prefer not ask my new landlord and make a first(ish) impression as a boundary pushing ass.
Personal anecdotes welcome!