Posted in NYC on July 2, 2013

the stars are barges...

One of the highlights of Fourth of July in NYC is, of course, the Macy's Fireworks display. This year, believe it or not, they are "inspired and directed" by Usher. Whether you'll be able to tell that or not with the actual pyrotechnics, it does mean that beforehand there will be performances by Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey and Selena Gomez. The music starts at 8PM and the fireworks start at 9:20 PM.

Like last year, the Fireworks happened on the Hudson via four barges and you can see them fine on the West Side Highway, in NJ or on your TV (NBC), but from Brooklyn, not so much. Access points (and where are you CAN'T watch) are...

24th St.
26th St.
27th St.
29th St.
33rd St.
34th St.
40th St.
42nd St.
44th St.
50th St.
52nd St.
54th St.
56th St.
57th St.

The following are not viewing areas:

East River
Battery Park
Battery Park City
All Hudson River Piers (except limited access to Piers 84)
Hudson River Park promenade btwn W. Houston and 59th St.
Hudson River Park Bike Path btwn W. Houston and 59th St.

And while The Highline would seem like a great place to watch, they're closing the park at 6 PM on the 4th, so no dice.

If you're going to see The Feelies at Maxwell's that night, the show doesn't start till 10 PM so you might want to arrive early to work in the nice Jersey side view of the spectacle.

The Circle Line is offering both a private pier party as well as a sold-out fireworks cruise.

And maybe your friend who lives in Chelsea has a roof?



Comments (14)

Or you can stay home and watch it on TV. Problem solved.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2013 9:33 AM

Remember when Sonic Youth and Belle & Sebastian played on 7/4...what happened to those shows?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2013 9:47 AM

Fireworks on TV? As if they aren't boring enough.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2013 10:00 AM

why does jersey get better viewing than nyc proper? it boggles the mind that this was ever moved from the east river side

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2013 10:13 AM

Sonic Youth & Feelies...What a great gig!

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2013 10:44 AM

Yes, I have a friend that lives in chelsea, but he is gay and always stares at my ass when I'm there.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2013 10:49 AM

10:13, the pyrotechnical folks and the fire department (vastly) prefer the Hudson because it is much wider than the East River. That allows the barges to be placed far enough from the shore to eliminate the possibility of burning embers raining down on the heads of viewers, buildings, piles of oily rags, etc.

Not to mention people who live in NJ spend a shitload of money at Macy's, too, so why not keep them happy?

Posted by Unboggled mind | July 2, 2013 10:57 AM

Launching from the Hudson saves a bunch of money for NYC. They only have to pay to police one side of the river. Jersey picks up the tab on the west bank.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2013 11:13 AM

One time, I stuck an M-80 into a hummus platter. All I can say is the host was cleaning a tan colored substance off the ceiling fan shortly after.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2013 12:35 PM

I still watch them from Brooklyn. Much less hassle that way.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2013 1:48 PM

THIS IS A BUNCH OF CRAP. Our city is catering more to Jersey and Ct... bring it back to the EAST RIVER!

Posted by MADASHELL | July 3, 2013 2:39 PM

It was moved because nj is better than Brooklyn.

Posted by Jason | July 3, 2013 2:40 PM

my first date with my fiance was at that Sonic Youth concert.

we are getting married in 7 days. :)

Posted by rudy2dope | July 3, 2013 11:36 PM

Again very nice Scott its a great view out of Your balcony. I will sent this to my daughter she told my about the fire works out of her place.

Posted by Alison | May 27, 2014 4:25 AM

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