The Fourth of July in New York City: If you haven’t already decamped to the Hamptons or Berkshires to escape the heat for the weekend, it’s a great time to be in the five boroughs.
But for the past five years, the experience has been a bittersweet one for residents of Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan’s East Side. They were left in the dark as the annual Macy’s Independence Day fireworks were launched from barges on the Hudson River, breaking with the long-standing practice of the East River hosting the extravaganza.
It all sounds like a lot of nitpicking among jealous New Yorkers, but the move affected hundreds of thousands of people: making the iconic fireworks easy to view for residents of New Jersey towns like Jersey City and Hoboken, while blocking them entirely from the sight-lines of New Yorkers living in the East River-fronting boroughs.
This year, the show is back to the