Neighbourhood Associations Oppose Rooftop Bars In New York

An increasing number of new hotels have included rooftop bars as among their features to attract guests. Over the last few years, rooftop bars have become the hottest and most popular of the hotel features in the hospitality industry.

According to Robert Habeeb, president and CEO of First Hospitality Group, rooftop bars are extremely profitable for hotels. When food is mixed with different beverages in the rooftop of the hotel, large earnings are easily generated.

Developers have recognized the importance of including rooftop bars in their development plans but they are also meeting strong opposition from residents and neighbourhood groups in the areas where they plan to develop. In New York City, Williamsburg residents are fighting against the development of Pod Brooklyn Hotel which they claim will turn the neighbourhood into an open air toilet if they push through with the rooftop bar.

Pod Hotel is not the only development that is facing challenges in New York. Last year, DNA info also reported Delancey Street Holiday Inn that continues to seek for a proprietor who is interested in operating a bar at its rooftop. The local neighbourhood association is concerned about increased noise and potentially rowdy nights that could affect the residents.

Another neighbourhood association is fighting a similar battle with Kellogg Hotel project located on Barrow Street. Developers are planning to create an upscale hotel with a rooftop bar but residents oppose the project because of increased noise and drunkenness in their community.

Challenges in creating rooftop bars are not limited to New York City. In Hollywood, California, the proposed Tommie Hotel was met with opposition from residents because it will generate noise. Plans for the hotel were already approved but neighbourhood groups appealed that the property should undergo an environment review. Appeals have been denied and the hotel will open in 2018 with its rooftop bar.

At the rooftop bar in Sukhumvit Bangkok, you will not only enjoy a variety of drinks but you will experience stunning skyline views of Bangkok including the mesmerizing sunset scene. At the rooftop bar in the 26th floor of a hotel, aside from cocktails, there is also a snack menu prepared from fresh and organic ingredients.