(4 Berry St, Williamsburg)
The blocks of low-slung warehouses between McCarren Park and the waterfront—and the parks breaking up the developments along Kent Avenue’s Gold Coast—mean that Berry Park’s roof deck offers spectacular Manhattan skyline view unimpeded by gentrification (unless you count the well-dressed throngs sitting at all the tables).
Runner Up: : B61
(187 Columbia St, Columbia Waterfront District)
When the street construction outside is finally over, the windows behind the bar at the bus line’s namesake watering hole will again provide the perfect frame for the Lower Manhattan skyline. Until then, the more immediately striking rooftop vantage from the Mexican restaurant upstairs, Alma, will do.