Who needs a backyard when you have a roof? Rooftops have become all the rage for urban entertaining. Next time you take the party to the top, be a good neighbor by following these etiquette tips from Instrata Lifestyle Residences Concierge Caitlin Porpora:
- Before having a rooftop gathering, be sure to contact the building manager to make sure you’re up to speed on rules and regulations.
- If you are entertaining a large group, be considerate of your neighbors. Take turns using common amenities like grills and lounge chairs, clean up after yourselves, and keep the noise levels reasonable.
- If you’re worried your event might irk other residents, invite them to join in the festivities. Even if they decline, the invitation invokes good will and increased tolerance.
- Even the swankiest hotels in New York City use only plastic glasses at their rooftop bars. Follow suit and avoid any accidents that could arise from broken glass or ceramics.
- Avoid cooking anything that will cause strong, unpleasant odors or that might create a lot of smoke while on the grill.
- Don’t make a scene. Rooftops are usually shared spaces so keep your party under control—you don’t want to become the talk of the building.