Tent With a View: Camping on a New York City Rooftop
August 26, 2013 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
If you can bear to unplug for one night and forego a shower till the next day, want to meet new friends and enjoy panoramic sunrise and sunset skyline views, then consider camping out with Bivouac, a pop-up summer campground and art project that pitches its tents on secret city rooftops.
Nope, it’s not glamping, the posh sort of camping that comes with the luxury and amenities of an upscale boutique hotel. Bivouac is more like roughing while sharing a meal and a view and 15 campers, two to a tent.
Brooklyn-based designer, builder, and technologist, Thomas Stevenson and his team offer seven waterproof wood and canvas lean-to tents, each with one-inch wool felt flooring that the designers say, “feels like sleeping on packed sand” 55 feet above the ground.
While New York City contributes the view, at each camp site Bivouac provides an indoor toilet, a canteen with kitchen area, a large reclaimed communal table, a library, and your morning coffee.
In the works are opportunities for other urban encampments in Boston and London.
All you need to bring is a sleeping bag, one food item to share at the communal dinner table, a desire to disconnect from your routine, and a sense of urban adventure.