8/22/2012 03:03:00 PM

Rooftop Drinking: Pod 39 Hotel Launches New Penthouse Bar

Rooftop bar season lives on! Labor Day is about to arrive, but the new Pod 39 Hotel has launched a new rooftop lounge just in time to close out the summer. The second NYC Pod property soft-opened its penthouse watering hole this week and boy, those are some views. You can spy the Freedom Town down south, the Empire State Building to the West and the Chrysler Building to the north. Note to tourists: ditch the lines at Top of the Rock and grab a cocktail here.

Sam Anderson is behind the cocktail program and he's got a serious resume, with stints at Hotel Delmano and Freemans. You can enjoy his drinks while surrounded by brick arches and terracota columns - the rooms downstairs may be small, but this bi-level alfreso lounge is anything but. If you're stuck in town for Labor Day, well, you'll probably be drinking anyway... (145 East 39th St.; 212-355-0300).

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