Selected Events (07/04)

Today’s Sweet 6 > MONDAY / JULY 04, 2016

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Weather forecast looks super for today – Happy Independence Day!

The New York Times (Around Town for July 1-7) has some good, comprehensive info on what is available today on The Fourth of July:

blog-featured-ImageFederal Hall Celebration – This national monument celebrates America’s birthday with a day of events. Its program includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence, with re-enactors portraying historical figures including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street, at Broad Street, 212-825-6990,

50-Gun Salute – The Veterans Corps of Artillery of the State of New York will fire a 50-gun salute in Battery Park at 11 a.m. on Independence Day. The Salute to the Union dates back to July 4, 1794, when the corps honored American independence this way for the first time. Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, 200 Rector Place, Lower Manhattan,

Nathan’s 2016 Hot Dog Eating Contest – As Nathan’s celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Hot Dog Eating Contest continues as a New York tradition that has gained worldwide fame on the competitive-eating circuit. The program begins at 10 a.m., with the main event at noon. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, 1310 Surf Avenue, at Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn,

Seaport District’s ‘Festival of Independence’ – The Seaport will team up with “Noisey,” the culture and music arm of “Vice,” to produce this two-day festival on the waterfront. Featured performers include Wild Nothing, MenLo-X and Tim and the Space Cadets. Food vendors like Smorgasburg at the Seaport will be on hand to curb your appetite, and Parsons School of Design’s “Impact!” exhibit will operate extended hours on both days. And on July 4, two of the fireworks barges from the Macy’s display are set to be located just off Pier 17. South Street Seaport, Fulton and Front Streets, Lower Manhattan, 212-732-7678,

Revolutionary New York Tour – Many of the city’s historical treasures are obscured by modern architecture. This tour explores the history of New York’s divided loyalty to Britain and visits places like the spot where the Declaration of Independence was first read to New Yorkers and the burial sites of United States founding figures. The tour meets near the gated entrance to City Hall Park, at the intersection of Broadway and Murray Street. At 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., 888-606-9255 ,

Fourth of July at One World Observatory – Celebrate Independence Day in the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The One World Observatory event features a two-hour open bar and traditional American cookout food. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., 285 Fulton Street, at West Street, 844-696-1776,

Front Row Fireworks –  Touch down at the 34th Street Heliport for a front-row seat to the Macy’s fireworks display. Your ticket gets you a waterfront view, but it does not guarantee a seat. The show starts at 9 p.m. but doors open at 6. (The event’s organizers recommend arriving early if you want to avoid standing.) 499 East 34th Street, at the East River,

Also: Festival of Independence
South Street Seaport, One Seaport Plaza, 19 Fulton St./
“The Seaport is humming back to life. East River walkways tucked under the F.D.R. are again rife with bikers, skaters, and stroller shovers routing a bit of waterfront sun into their evening commutes and weekend romps, not to mention adventurous fishermen casting lines over the rail. There are few better spots to view the annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks, now in their fortieth year—two barges will be set up just off Pier 17—and this two-day festival of concerts, food, and family activities provides a picturesque backdrop.

Noisey, VICE’s music and culture channel, has picked a stacked lineup of independent artists to perform on Peck Slip across the long weekend, including indie acts like Wild Nothing, Porches, and Public Access T.V. and soul-stirrers like D.R.A.M., Phony Ppl, and MeLo-X. Seaport Smorgasburg will serve food from a spread of venders, and kids can enjoy juggling acts and sing-alongs before the main events. The Seaport Culture District, an arts initiative new to South Street, has invited cultural partners, such as the Parsons School of Design’s IMPACT!, to exhibit creative and design-related demonstrations in the fields of architecture, design, media, and film.” (NewYorker)


If that’s not enough info for you, let’s take a look at what Time Out New York has put together for your 4th of July in NYC – very comprehensive:

On Monday, July 4, 2016, NYC will be the best place in America to celebrate Independence Day, with Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks bursting over the city’s skyline. From NYC parks to rooftop bars, we’ve got you covered on where to catch the most spectacular view of the show.

Things to do on 4th of July in NYC

imageWhere to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC
Let the American Eagles fly and the red, white and blue bikini tops shine!

For this mother of all pyrotechnic displays, Macy’s will explode more than 40,000 fireworks choreographed to a 25-minute patriotic score over the East River. Stake out a nice spot near the Brooklyn Bridge, and bring your own picnic basket with beverages to toast our country’s birthday.

Best viewing location: Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street, Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place, Montgomery & South Streets: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Bridge Promenade

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The full guide to Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2016
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Four patriotic cocktail recipes for the Fourth of July
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All the fireworks you can watch in New York on July Fourth
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The 10 most patriotic movies ever
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Bonus – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St., 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance, even if it’s  just on the day of performance.

This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.

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