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Berry Park Bar's New Retractable Glass Roof to Allow Year-Round Access

WILLIAMSBURG — When a vicious storm cloud breaks into a sunny afternoon, or the temperature suddenly plummets from 70 to 45 degrees this volatile spring, revelers at one roof bar can stay just where they're sitting and continue their cocktails — they won't feel a thing.

"We have a retractable glass cover and it takes less than two minutes to open or close the whole thing," said Berry Park's events manager Georgiana Condric of their renovated roof. "If it starts raining people don't have to go inside. We can close it up in a few seconds."

Berry Park's roof bar by McCarren Park, which has drawn crowds every summer on clear evenings, will now be a year-round amenity whose glass will open and close depending on the weather, Condric said. And starting late next week, the space will open as early as noon on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends, she said.

"It gives our customers peace of mind to know that if they book an event on the roof it's still on, rain or shine," she said of the new roof, which opened about six weeks ago.

"It's especially cool in the winter, because you get a reverse snow globe effect," she said. "And it's been nice this spring since one day it's 70 degrees and the next it's 50."