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Big Bambu at the Met

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One of the best rooftop bars isn't at a hip Brooklyn spot; it's on top of one of the city's biggest museums.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has hosted some of the most exciting exhibitions on its rooftop, from Jeff Koon's balloon animal sculptures in 2008 to Roxy Paine's stainless-steel branch-like sculptures that nearly took over the space in its entirety last year.

This year's exhibition is in a similar vein. "Big Bambú," an installation by Doug and Mike Starn, is a vast network of 5,000 (yes, 5,000) interlocking bamboo poles reaching 40 feet high that turn the rooftop into an urban jungle - literally - complete with a bar, so you can throw back a few after work and enjoy some of the best views of the city.

The ambitious piece is being built throughout the summer by the artists (catch some behind-the-scenes action here). Explore the artwork by walking among the forest of bamboo poles, or wear sneakers and climb the hands-on structure like a kid in a playground. You can also walk along an elevated interior network of pathways that are located roughly 20 to 40 feet above the roof garden. So you can get even higher than you already are.
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Why? You'll never have this much fun at a museum again
When: Tuesday–Thursday, 9:30 am–5:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 am–9 pm; Sunday, 9:30 am–5:30 pm (weather permitting), now through October 31, 2010
Where: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at E. 82nd Street
Cost: Free with museum admission (pay what you wish)
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