Tent With a View: Camping on a New York City Rooftop

August 26, 2013 by

Photo: Mark Roemisch

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.

Photo: Mark Roemisch


Photo: Tom Stevenson and Tracy Anne Essoglue

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.

via ScoutMob.



  1. Maria Bass said:

    Wow! This is really great. I think this rooftop camping experience is an absolute adventure. I love this kind of thing. I’m pretty sure this is totally fun. Thanks for sharing this cool post.


    — November 14, 2013 @ 20:55

  2. Camping in the Big Apple – Toughland Pingback said:

    […] Stevenson organises trips for up to fourteen people who sleep two to a canvas tent. The tents are placed on the roofs of New York buildings. Even though they’re in the heart of the city and within walking distance of the subway, Bivouac guests enjoy a complete camping experience, including a campfire. […]

    — November 20, 2013 @ 15:22

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