6/30/14

Watching the Fireworks from Brooklyn

This year's 4th of July celebration in Brooklyn features the return of the Macy's fireworks display to the East River, with three fireworks barges anchored near the Brooklyn Bridge.

The new location means that people from Brooklyn and lower Manhattan can get a front-row seat again.

Here's a list, compiled by the Daily News, of places in Brooklyn where you can see the fireworks:
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park. Watch along the water from Piers 1-6, entering on Old Fulton and Furman Streets, Jorelemon and Furman Streets, or Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street.  Check the park blog for more details.
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Enter at Columbia Hts. and Pineapple Streets or at Pierrepont and Remsen Streets. (This location fills up early, so if you're not prepared to spend hours locked down in a crowd, try a spot with a lower profile.)
  • Brooklyn Streets. Montague Street from Court Street to Montague Terrace, Remsen Street from Court Street to Montague Terrace, Old Fulton Street from Hicks to Furman Streets, Furman Street from Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue, Columbia Hts. from Montague to Old Fulton Streets, and Hicks Street from Atlantic Avenue to Old Fulton Street.
  • Fornino. "Food, Fireworks and the Fourth of Fornino" from 7-11 PM with unlimited pizza, salad, antipasto, and open bar. Tickets are $250 at Pier 6 (Middagh at Furman.)
  • The Panther Room and Canopy Bar. This Williamsburg bash, from 3 PM on at 74 Wythe Avenue, features a rooftop view of the fireworks. Advance tickets are $15 ($20 at the door.)
  • Berry Park. BBQ and $5 drinks at Noon, with drink specials from 2-7 PM at this 4 Berry Street venue in Williamsburg.  Call 718-782-2829 for more info.
The consensus seems to be that you need to be in place by 5 PM in order to get a good viewing spot.

Get a front-row seat on NY Waterways [City Limits.]

The Daily News article.

More from Brokelyn.

More from Gothamist.

More from Latino Post.

Yet another list of places to watch from Brooklyn Magazine.

Postscript:

I decided to schlep down to the BAT pier at 59th Street in Sunset Park to catch the fireworks. I was surprised, when I rolled up on my bike, that the NYPD had mounted a full-fledged crowd-control operation to handle the couple of hundred local families with the same idea.  About two dozen cops were deployed at the half-empty pier.

The view was fair.  You could see the fireworks, but they were pretty distant and the view was obstructed in places. Nevermind. The mostly Sunset Park crowd at the choppy waterfront on a beautiful, clear, windy night was still able to get the "fireworks experience."

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