Chelsea’s new nightclub sets the bar high with rooftop pool and lounge

CHELSEA, NY – New York City’s newest rooftop lounge and bar has one of the highest perches of any nightclub in the city, according to its management.

Somewhere Nowhere opened Thursday on West 25th Street near Sixth Avenue.

It occupies the 38th and 39th floors of the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel and provides attendees with 5,156 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The event venue will include poolside parties, live music, immersive dinners, magic shows and works of art.

Somewhere Nowhere was born from the vision of owners and operators, Nathan Leong and Sameer Qureshi of El Grupo SN, with a design by architect Stonehill Taylor.

“When guests arrive at Somewhere Nowhere, they will be greeted with something truly magical,” said Leong, co-founder of El Grupo SN. “We have created a comprehensive sensory experience designed to amaze and delight every guest every night.”

New York artist Sam Tufnell’s Gnome Collection kicks off the on-site art exhibit, featuring neon gnomes made from translucent resin.

Somewhere Nowhere will serve seasonal and lounge menus curated by Creative Director Iris Tang and executed by Chef Fabrizio Facchini. The menu options will include international dishes, including vegan and vegetarian options. Expect to find Impossible Burger Sliders, watermelon salad, truffle fries, and lobster rolls.

“Somewhere Nowhere offers a feeling of escape to local New Yorkers and anyone visiting the space,” Tang said. “I asked our production team to decorate the room with hanging foliage falling from a 25 foot ceiling in the center of the room to create the magical atmosphere of the garden.”

Somewhere Nowhere will also be the first location in New York City to offer KV2 audio speakers to amplify deep house and techno music, the founders said.

The rooftop lounge and pool will be open to Renaissance Chelsea New York hotel guests and the public every day and night of the week. You must have a reservation and be 21 years of age or older to enter with a valid ID. All Somewhere Nowhere employees are fully immunized. Masks are optional.

Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight (the first two weeks of July). Due to expected inclement weather, the pool level is closed on the weekend of July 4th.

Somewhere Nowhere’s swimming pool offers views of the Empire State Building. (Dan Nilsen).
Lounging is taken seriously at Somewhere Nowhere. (Dan Nilsen)
New York-based Sam Tufnell’s collection of gnomes was on view Thursday at the Somewhere Nowhere launch. (Dan Nilsen).
In tune with the garden theme of Somewhere Nowhere, a huge hummingbird and a disco ball transformed into a sparkling flower floated above the bar. (Dan Nilsen)

Jerry C. Greiner