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Greenpoint Rooftop Bar Destination Northern Territory Has Closed for Seven-Story Development

The Australian restaurant and bar won’t reopen for the summer season

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Australian Greenpoint summer rooftop favorite Northern Territory isn’t reopening for the season — and will be closed permanently at the outpost near the waterfront, the bar and restaurant announced on Instagram.

The bar has been around for five years at 12 Franklin St., near Meserole Avenue, but says it was not “immune” to the “ever changing” neighborhood, a nod to the fact that the property’s getting razed for a seven-story development. Northern Territory has plans to relocate in the area, according to the post.

The multi-level restaurant and bar, which had indoor space and an outdoor rooftop above, was a popular spot in the summer for its views of Manhattan from near the Greenpoint waterfront, frozen drinks, and most importantly, vibes that were generally more relaxed than most of New York’s sceney rooftop bars. It’s in a largely industrial area between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, which previously had little foot traffic, but even in the last five years, the section has seen a bump.

Owner Jamie Toll told Greenpointers last August that the bar would close for the winter for the first time but reopen for one last summer season in 2019. That isn’t happening anymore due to a deal with the landlord.

The new office and manufacturing development taking its place, which will also have rooftop space, is expected to open in the next couple of years.