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Where to watch Macy's Fourth of July fireworks 2015

Independence Day is Saturday and Macy's annual fireworks extravaganza remains on the East River for 2015. This year's 25-minute-long display, which should start around 9 PM, will set off more than 50,000 pyrotechnic shells from the Brooklyn Bridge and barges in the water below and further up the river. Anywhere with an unobstructed view of the sky is a good place to watch -- maybe a friend's roof? -- but there are designated public viewing sections on the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:

FROM HOUSTON TO MIDTOWN:
HOUSTON STREET
23RD STREET
34TH STREET
42ND STREET

FROM LOWER MANHATTAN:
BROAD STREET GROUND LEVEL
OLD SLIP UPPER LEVEL
PEARL & FRANKFORT

ADA / SPECIAL NEEDS VIEWING AREA:
MANHATTAN: FDR DRIVE SOUTHBOUND LANE AT 16TH STREET & AVENUE C OR 34TH STREET (TOP OF RAMP) AND VIETNAM MEMORIAL PARK

BROOKLYN: BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK AT FURMAN STREET AND OLD FULTON STREET, NEAR PIER #1

QUEENS: CENTER BLVD FROM 48TH AVENUE TO 49TH AVENUE

You can also watch the fireworks live on NBC, as part of a concert event titled "Brave" that features performances by Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Brad Paisley and more.

There are also fireworks at Coney Island.

Farmborough

As you may know, Governors Ball starts today with three days of rock, pop, R&B, dance and hip hop taking over Randall's Island Park. That's not the only festival happening there this month, though. Randall's Island gets its first-ever country music festival, FarmBorough on June 26-28. (FarmBorough also claims to be the first-ever three-day country music fest in NYC.)

Produced by the same people that do Governors Ball (Founders Entertainment) and Live Nation, the lineup is mostly mainstream country (Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan) but there are a few troublemakers like Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton.

"We've been dreaming about bringing a country festival to New York for a long time, and we feel like the time is right now. We have the perfect partner in Founders and the perfect location on Randall's Island to really bring fans and artists something special," said Brian O'Connell, Live Nation President of Country Touring. "New York City is a global destination. Country fans from all over the world can come to the city and take advantage of all it has to offer, while enjoying three days of the best country music acts too."

"We're thrilled to bring our hometown of New York City its first-ever Country music festival. This has been many years in the making, and we couldn't be more excited to launch FarmBorough in June," said Co-founder and Partner at Founders Entertainment, Jordan Wolowitz. "Brian O'Connell and his team at Live Nation are the ideal partners for this venture, and together we form a festival dream team. With Governors Ball, and now FarmBorough, New York City is host to premier, world class, music festivals."
Three-day passes are on sale (no single-day passes available) and you can check out the full FarmBorough lineup here.

This of course reminds us of Coachella's country festival spin-off Stagecoach, and not just because Sturgill Simpson was a rare artist booked to play both Coachella and Stagecoach, just like he is a rare artist booked to play both Governors Ball and FarmBorough.

New Yorker Line-Up

As mentioned, the 2013 New Yorker Festival happens October 4, 5, and 6. They just announced this year's line-up which, as usual, is a mix of interviews, talks, screenings, tours and a few live music performances.

On the music tip: Kim Gordon will talk with Alex Halberstadt and perform with her new band, Body/Head on October 5 at SIR Stage 37; actor and all-around cool guy Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) will talk with Burkard Bilger and perform with his indie rock band, Corporal at The Bell House on October 4; country music star Brad Paisley will be in conversation with music writer Kelefa Sanneh at Gramercy Theatre on October 5; and Paul Simon talks with Paul Muldoon at the SIR Stage 37 on October 6.

Other interesting New Yorker Fest happenings: "Without a Script" with Christopher Guest, Rachel Dratch, Aubrey Plaza, and Horatio Sanz; "An Evening with Funny or Die" with new and favorite clips from the website; an advance screening of Aziz Ansari's new Netfix comedy special, Buried Alive;  and "First-Person Filmmaking" with directors Miranda July, Kenneth Lonergan, Terrence Nance, and Alex Karpovsky.

There is, of course, lots more. The full list of events is in this post and head to the New Yorker Fest's website for dates and details.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13 at noon. Full line-up is below...

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Eric Clapton at BAM in 2010 (more by Kevin Mazur)
Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton is kicking off a major US tour in March, 2013 which will culminate in NYC with the two-night Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden from April 12 to 13. In addition to Clapton, the festival will feature a ton of other artists, including Allman Brother Band, Jeff Beck, BB King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Gary Clark Jr., Blake Mills, Los Lobos, Frank Ocean sideman John Mayer, and many others.

The Terrace level at MSG will also host the "Guitar Center Road to Crossroads Exhibition," which will feature a number of historic guitars on display, memorabilia, archival footage, and interactive exhibits where fans can play products by Fender, Gibson, Ernie Ball, and Martin. The exhibition will open at 6:30 PM on 4/12 and 6 PM on 4/13, and is free to ticket holders.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, November 30 at noon with a Chase (who is presenting the show) presale beginning Monday, November 26 at noon.

A list of all Clapton dates, the full Crossroads Guitar Festival lineup, and a video, are below.

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