Gothamist was at a party a while back, having a discussion about an exhibit at the Met. We were happily sputtering along, amazed at the random facts that seemed to have been lying dormant in our brains since our long ago freshman art appreciation seminar, when a very perky stranger joined in our conversation. This bouncy individual, who shall remain unnamed, gave us an unsolicited pat and exclaimed "I just love the Met, I mean where else would I find a clean bathroom in Central Park?"

sollewitt.jpgThis made us very very sad. And forced us to fight a nearly uncontrollable desire to "accidently" spill our drink on her. We hate having to fight our desires, so we are very happy to announce that, as of today, the Met is no longer just the park's largest public restroom.

It's also a damn good place to get a drink.

That's right, the sun's out, the birds are singing, and the Met's roof garden will soon be open again! For those of you who have never been, the museum's rooftop garden offers one of the best views of the park and its surroundings, and, in good weather, provides a perfect place for relaxing in the sun, surrounded by great art and, sometimes more importantly, mixed drinks.

This year, the roof will be featuring a number of works by legendary Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. We're not quite sure yet what we think of the curvilinear painted fiberglass sculptures, but we do like how they echo the city skyline and the natural landscape of the park. The wall drawing looks interesting, and we're excited to see how everything comes together in person. If nothing else, we're sure that the works' vibrant colors will create quite a visual spectacle, especially in the already dramatic rooftop setting.

The roof will be open from 10am until closing Tuesdays through Sundays, although we recommend going on Friday and Saturday evenings when the museum is open later.