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Unit3 Text: The High Life ——《21世纪研究生英语教材阅读教程》上册  

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Patrons can drink in the views at Groovedeck.
Published: July 10, 2005

1.      THERE were Hollywood actors and a famous Brazilian model. There were throngs of men splashed with too much cologne, and other women with collagen-inflated lips teetering in heels on freshly laid gravel. The vibe at the opening of Groovedeck, a new open-air lounge on a roof above West 27th Street in Manhattan, evoked the late, drunken hours of a film premiere's after-party.

2.      "It's not really my scene," said one of the actors, Taryn Manning, hovering close to her group of girlfriends as if they were a life raft. "But it was so hot in my hotel room, I just wanted to get outside."

3.      Sabrina Huls, 25, a Ford model from Germany, seemed more at home at the club seven stories above street level, with its views of the Empire State Building and 16 group-size beds covered in sheets tough enough to withstand stilettos and spilled drinks. "It feels so glamorous out here," Ms. Huls said, perched on one of the beds along with several other models and complimentary bottles of frosty vodka and Champagne. "I love all the lights and the fresh air," she gushed. "I want to be naked."

4.      Ah, the summer rooftop party, one of the delights of New York socializing, whether the setting is a Fifth Avenue terrace with manicured topiary or a sprawl of tar in Chelsea miraculously transformed by a Weber grill and a leftover string of Christmas lights into an egalitarian penthouse. In a vertical city with too many people and not enough teak patio furniture, a rooftop party always feels like the high life, a refuge beneath the stars that promises inhibitions will be lowered and hard-shell city dwellers will drop their guard.

5.      "Roofs are like New Yorkers' backyards," said one of two identically dressed designers and D.J.'s who go by the name Andrew Andrew. They were at Rare View, a bar on the roof of the Shelburne Murray Hill on Lexington Avenue, where they were the hosts of a roving monthly party on a Monday last month. "Most people don't have yards, but even if you do have one, most of them are really gross," this particular Andrew said. "Up here it's like you're safe from all the unpleasant things on the street below."

6.      Erik Zajaceskowski, 38, who runs an art gallery and performance space in a warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, prefers rooftop parties with an air of scruffiness and danger. He did not want to disclose the location of his - he holds them twice a month - because he thinks they may be illegal. About 250 members of the arts world show up to drink lots of beer and listen to live music.

7.      "It's like a public private party," Mr. Zajaceskowski said. "It's not exclusive because anyone can come, but you have to be told about it by someone in the know. It's safer then total strangers because they've been initiated by the fact that they found their way up."

8.      Mr. Zajaceskowski gets the word out by group e-mail messages. The furnishings are spare: a barbeque grill, sound equipment and protective railing. "People just sit on the ground and look at all the cool industrial urban things like water towers, smoke stacks, bridges and pipes," he said. "It's breathtaking, plus it feels sort of illegal and secret."

9.      The rooftops of New York have represented summer excitement - escape, thrills, torrid romance - for decades. The cast of "West Side Story" danced to "America" on a Manhattan tenement rooftop. In the 1935 screwball comedy "Hands Across the Table," Carole Lombard, as a manicurist, falls for Fred MacMurray, playing a down-on-his-luck playboy, during a romantic rooftop picnic. Despite the intentions of both to marry money, they realize they're meant for each other while reclining on sofa cushions brought out to a tar beach.

10.  Lately more and more rooftop parties have gone commercial. The opening of a bar and garden on the roof of the Hotel Gansevoort in the meatpacking district a year ago, and also the Cabanas at the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, seems to have jump-started the trend. This summer has seen the opening of Groovedeck, which is one flight up from the club B.E.D., the inner stairway guarded by a bouncer; and of Local West, a second-story roof-deck sports bar on West 33rd Street opposite Madison Square Garden, which resembles an after-work booze cruise. This week the Library Hotel in Midtown will open to the public its 14th-floor rooftop terrace, complete with rose bushes and Gothic stone walls with peepholes.

11.  On lower Broadway the Diesel clothing company is sponsoring a rooftop party it calls "Dive Inn" every other Saturday through Sept. 12. The setting is a 12th-floor penthouse with a lawn and a pool attended by chiseled male lifeguards. In the name of promoting itself, Diesel sent membership cards to 300 people it considered influential - magazine editors, D.J.'s and assorted scene makers - with a pitch that is downtown-arch: "We know, we know, New York is saturated with private open air pool decks, particularly ones atop palatial penthouses replete with sculpted outdoor gardens and sun-drenched pools. Seems there's one on almost every corner. But we at Diesel thought there's always room for one more."

12.  For Andrew Andrew, a Google search for the "best view" in New York City helped the two men pick the Rare View for their recent party. "We were like: 'Wow! We've never heard of this place, cool,' " one of the Andrews said.

13.  In the hotel lobby a large bouncer in black manned a velvet rope. But there was no line and no guest list. Hipsters with ascots and vintage sneakers, guests of Andrew Andrew, wandered in and giggled. On the roof the two hosts, who had not told management about their party, held court with about 30 friends. Andrew Andrew, dressed in matching seersucker sports jackets and Kelly green pants, led guests in a game of charades while tourist families sat on wooden benches watching the sunset.

14.  "This is real New York," one of the Andrews said, thrilled with the nonhipster crowd. "We love things that are so regular that they seem surreal."

15.  Surreal, in a different sense, was the Hotel Gansevoort on another night as a line snaked down the block waiting to be admitted into the elevator and whisked to the roof bar on the 13th floor. Cars blaring 50 Cent inched up to the hotel, discharging flotillas of men while women from Japan huddled together and snapped digital photos of themselves. "We try to control the crowd by playing edgy 80's music and charging $9 for a beer," said Steven Greenberg, who operates the lounge. It wasn't working.

16.  On the roof, the west side, with a large patio and the main bar, resembled Cancún at spring break, but instead of college students there were tourists, tipsy bachelorettes and young professionals. "Rock Lobster" by the B-52's was lilting from the speakers.

17.  On the somewhat quieter north terrace, two Britons, Paul Diamond, 24, and Mathew Blawat, 25, sipped apple martinis. "I know it's girly but we are here doing research for a reality TV show on American women," Mr. Blawat maintained with a straight face. "And we have to understand our subject."

18.  Mr. Diamond eyed a group of young women, with flawlessly blown-out hair and shiny purses, drinking at the table next to them. "Fresh air makes people - er, women - more proactive," he said. "Like, let's have a few more drinks."

19.  One of the women, in a slinky lavender halter top with tassels, handed Mr. Diamond her digital camera and asked him to take a group photo. The ice was broken and, flirting shamelessly, he infiltrated their circle. "See," Mr. Blawat shrugged. "I'm telling you, it's the fresh air."

20.  If the Gansevoort rooftop is known widely and admits most supplicants patient enough to wait in line, private roof decks with intimate parties may be the summer's most sought-after invitations. Hosts know that even guests with booked-up social calendars are likely to R.S.V.P. to a party that's on a roof.

21.  "Word of our deck has spread," said Tina Thor, a talent manager, who shares a fifth-floor apartment and its 800-square-foot roof on the Lower East Side with the actress Piper Perabo. "It definitely makes people more enthusiastic about coming over. At our last dinner we invited 15 people, and 60 showed up."

22.  Many guests find it hard to leave their deck, strewn with dogwood and applewood trees and with potted basil and mint that is plucked for martinis. Sun chairs have been set up around two fire pits with clear views of the Chrysler Building.

23.  "The parties start around sunset and usually last until 3 or 4 in the morning," Ms. Thor said. "There are always a few stragglers. But one of the best things about a roof party is I can go to sleep and leave them there."

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