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June 2, 2012

Urban Glamping in New York City

How to sleep beneath the stars in the concrete jungle.

If you ever wanted to sleep beneath the stars in New York, you had to know someone with a rooftop terrace or take a sleeping bag to Central Park (that’s illegal, by the way).

Until now.

Imagine the luxuries of a hotel suite, then imagine them outdoors. That is: a queen-size bed positioned next to a wood-burning fireplace on the wraparound terrace of a penthouse suite. That’s on offer from AKA — not a hotel exactly, but a collection of luxury, serviced residences.

Perched on the 17th floor, you’ll get the full urban glamping experience: a telescope for stargazing, an e-reader for “campfire” stories, and scented candles (this isn’t a fecund forest, after all; you’re in midtown Manhattan). And what’s camping without s’mores (from haute chocolatier Jacques Torres, of course), or cocktails to keep you, um, hydrated.

Sure, it’ll be a little more expensive than crashing in Central Park — rates start at $1,999 per night (because $2,000 would’ve been totally unpalatable, right?). But you’ll only be one block away from the park.

When you’re that close, at least you can pretend.

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