Hey you, do you want to come and see the roof?
This was a pervasive joke throughout Greek life at UC Berkeley, as long as the roofs of the fraternity houses were accessible. And while some may interpret this as a light-hearted, light-hearted question, it may point out the harmful masculinity complexes and sexualizing stereotypes associated with college fraternities. This article aims to break down this stereotype; It is supposed to reveal the healing magic one finds when one wastes nights on rooftops. Rooftops can be centers of friendly gatherings, places to spark creativity, and platforms to make your voice heard – and Berkeley has many amazing ones. Whether you’re trying to read, write, speak, or quietly admire a golden California sunset, this article is your guide to the rich world of rooftop romance – one that goes deeper than sex. Here are some of the best rooftops in Berkeley.
The Lothlorien Cooperative – known as a place that gives people from all walks of life a space to connect and improve with one another – has a roof with a view that is a wonder. Not only is this rooftop unique in its accessibility and 360 degree view of the Campanile across the Golden Gate Bridge to downtown Oakland, but it also houses four solar panels! The roof of Lothlorien offers a glimmer of hope for the future of our planet and can spark a zeal for environmental protection while offering a glimpse of everything worth caring for. Although not publicly available, the inclusivity of Lothlorien’s members means you can take a look. If you have a friend who lives in Lothlorien you should ask them to show you the roof!
The apartment complex behind Thorsen House
This roof has played an important role in cultivating friendships and the love of literature. It’s a great place to read and write quietly. Many rooftops in Berkeley are good for watching sunsets, but not many overlook the back yard of Thorsen House – Noteworthy for band nights and wonderful architecture. If you follow the fence behind Thorsen to the first apartment building on the left, you may be able to climb to the top floor and watch the spectacle.
Campbell Hall has one of the best astrophysics departments in the world and, even better, free stargazing that’s open to the entire community once a month. While people take turns using the telescope located in a dome structure and transport themselves to the distant galaxy, the roof of Campbell Hall invites a broad community. Whether you are just interested in constellations or have devoted your life to astronomy and astrophysics, there is a place for you here. Experience the upcoming Summer Astro Nights 2019 on July 11th, August 5th and September 5th 8 o’clock in the evening
Last but not least – the roof of Berkeley or Grizzly Peak. This “roof” is best known for its wondrous sunset views and allows one to soak in the electric oranges and blues that light up the sky. But tThe views are breathtaking at any time of the day – the soft shadows of the morning light and the turquoise tint of the sky in the afternoon should certainly not be overlooked. In addition to the views, enjoy the 10 miles of winding road it takes to get to Grizzly Peak. You can also go hiking 40 minutes up the picturesque fire trails and escape the “Berkeley Bubble”. Every New Year’s Eve, Grizzly Peak serves as a place for people to watch fireworks and greet the New Year. But every day is a good day to relax on this rooftop, an excellent place to recharge the mind.
These views never seem to disappoint. Even during foggy summer mornings in the Bay Area, these roofs will steal your heart. And what better way to spend a slow summer evening than laughing and talking with friends on a rooftop that sits above and off the streets and the fast-paced world below? Sit on a roof – you might fall in love with what you find.
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