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You earned it, baby. It?s outdoor-cocktail-sipping season.

Though new rooftops open every summer (this year: the Viceroy and the Skylark), sometimes you just need a refresher on where to catch the best breeze and when.

For impromptu Wednesday happy hour The Refinery Rooftop and its spacious outdoor deck are best enjoyed at around 6 p.m., before the crowds take over. 63 W. 38th St. (at Sixth Ave.)

For boozy brunch Another better-in-the-daylight spot: the lush Gallow Green. Skip its nighttime madhouse and opt for the bottomless-mimosas brunch buffet instead. 542 W. 27th St. (at Tenth Ave.)

For summer Fridays Not all rooftops need to be on the billionth floor. The second-floor terrace restaurant at The James Hotel--The Garden by David Burke--lets you properly chill out with a prosciutto flatbread or three. 23 Grand St. (at Thompson St.)

For zoning in on Central Park When you need a martini after a long loop around the reservoir, the Met?s Roof Garden Café never disappoints, nor does its yearly installations. This season features curved glass pavilions that trick the eye. 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.)

For entertaining out-of-towners Avoid wandering around Times Square by looking down on it from Bar 54, the city?s current tallest rooftop lounge. Hyatt Times Square, 135 W. 45th St. (at Seventh Ave.)

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