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What a View – from a Rooftop NYC Igloo


Do not adjust your screen – that is a real Igloo you see! Perched high upon the 230 Fifth Rooftop in NYC, these amazing igloos are a winter lovers dream. Located on the largest rooftop in all of the city, there are over a half dozen igloos to explore. Come along as we tour this fun winter retreat, and see why these igloos are something you must see.

The View

Situated in the prime of the city, 230 Fifth has quite an amazing view – the Empire State building is almost directly next to you. The city scape surrounding 230 Fifth is completely unobstructed – making the skyline easy to see and part of the incredible backdrop to the igloo city.

Sunset over an igloo on 230 Fifth Rooftop

Sunset Seekers

As the roof offers 360 degree views – sunsets here are stunning. On a clear day photographers and sunset seekers will invade the roof, and can get quite busy. It’s a perfect picture opportunity!

Looking through an Igloo at 230 Fifth Rooftop

The Igloo

There are over a half dozen igloos on the roof. They are made of thin plastic and PVC pipe, and decked out with fun colorful party lights. Each igloo is outfitted with tables and chairs, and can sit up to 11 people. Note that igloos can not be reserved, and are first come first served. Igloo not for you? the roof has plenty of stand alone heat lamps too.

Fireplace at 230 Fifth Rooftop

Baby its Cold Outside

The igloos help to keep our the wind, rain, and elements; however they are thin plastic and not insulated. Each igloo has a faux fire space heater to help heat the space, and 230 Fifth provides (free) fleece robes to help weather the cold.  Note: Even with these it can still be chilly – coats are necessary.


Enjoying Hot chocolate at 230 Fifth Rooftop

Comfort Food

Work up an appetite viewing all the sites? There is an entire winter rooftop menu with items such appetizers,  sandwiches, salads and fries – and of course an entire cocktail menu with hot drink options to warm you inside. (The Hot Chocolate and Hot Apple Cider is perfect for kids!)

Night scene with Igloos at 230 Fifth Rooftop in NYC

Igloo Night Scene

When night falls the igloos are truly at their best – and create a colorful scene against a beautiful backdrop of NYC (and make for a perfect picture opportunity!)

Dusk at the 230 Fifth Igloos

Kid Tips:

  • The igloos are first come first serve and fill up quickly; however most people come up for the view and don’t linger long. Seats should come available without much of a wait.
  • No need to miss bedtime – Children are fine, but they need to leave the roof by 8pm
  • While there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks, they are a bit pricey. Expect to pay $10 for a Hot cocoa.

230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge
Location: 230 Fifth Avenue (27th Street and 5th Ave)
Hours: Rooftop Igloos are open from 4:00pm – 4:00am daily.  Igloos are also available for Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10am – 4pm
Note: Children allowed on the rooftop from 4pm – 8pm during weekday hours, and during brunch service.

More on 230 Fifth HERE

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