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Best NYC Rooftops with Instagrammable Views

Across New York City lies a wide variety of rooftop restaurants and bars, offering sweeping views of the remarkable skyline and chic atmospheres to relax. In addition to the glamorous ambiance, these settings offer breathtaking glimpses of the boroughs that are most definitely insta-worthy. These photo-ops will have your followers liking your latest posts in no time.

The Crown

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This rooftop bar and lounge, located on the the 21st floor of the swanky 50 Bowery Hotel, offers beaming views of Manhattan and Brooklyn, in a light-filled space. Unique dishes and drinks created by Chef Dale Talde, David Massoni, and John Bush of Three Kings Restaurant Group allow for both an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

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Loopy Doopy offers signature, stylish popsicle coctails with a remarkable background. The bar provides impressive sights of attractions such as the New York harbor, Statue of Liberty and even the New Jersey skyline, alongside the Hudson River. This unforgettable bar has a monthly rotation of beverage flavors, allowing constant anticipation for your next return.

Westlight at the William Vale

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Located in the saavy neighborhood of Williamsburg, Westlight at The William Vale has breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan, with phenomenal food and drinks to complement. Especially at sunset, this rooftop offers unparalleled sights of New York City, desirable enough for a new Instagram post.

230 Fifth

230 Fifth offers unobstructed views in the heart of Manhattan, highlighting spots such as the infamous Empire State Building. This lavish hangout offers a glamorous rooftop filled with seasonal intricate cocktails, in addition to an “igloo bar” November-May. The space has both an indoor penthouse along with a rooftop garden, perfect for entertaining, as well as a casual drink.

Mr. Purple

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Situated on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo Lower East Side, Mr. Purple has indoor and outdoor space offering dazzling views of downtown Manhattan. This trendy rooftop contains an outdoor pool surrounded by stunning glimpses of several bridges and world-class architecture.

Salon de Ning at The Peninsula

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Salon de Ning is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, inside the exclusive Peninsula Hotel. This rooftop lines Fifth Avenue, and has views of Central Park, as well as the bustling city below. Two terraces and an inside bar offer a relaxing setting despite the hectic scenery surrounding the area.

How to Spend Hot Summer Nights in the City

Summer in the city is all about getting outside and enjoying the best entertainment and dining under the summer skies. While there are many restaurants across the city that offer outdoor seating from Battery Park to Uptown, many are surprised to know that the city hosts a lot of outdoor entertainment, especially the NYC Parks. We’ve put together a list of summer ways to spend Hot Summer Nights in the city. Get out and enjoy!

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Pier 17: Pier 17 is a new venue in the heart of the Seaport District. The venue was part of the continued Seaport revamp spearheaded by the Howard Hughes Corporation. The space has a waterfront bar, and multiple vendors including a Jean Georges food hall that is slated to open. Pier 17 has a full lineup of events throughout the summer including comedy and music. Its waterfront location offers great skyline views, and the rooftop is where most of the shows will take place.

Check out Kings of Leon August 2nd starting at 7pm. Tickets are available online.

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The Roof at The Viceroy - Situated atop the Viceroy Hotel, The Roof offers a sophisticated space to escape Midtown to enjoy a cocktail and view. The space faces North, offering views of the classic Central Park South skyline as well as the park itself. The interior of the lounge is reminiscent of an old luxury airliner with a menu offering up craft beers, global wines, and classic and modern cocktails that rotate to utilize the freshest ingredients.

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Met Summer Recital Series- The Met’s popular concert series in New York City parks spanning all five boroughs has returned. The series kicked off June 11th in Central Park with an evening of arias and duets selected from various Operas. The four subsequent recitals will showcase young artists Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, Gerard Schneider, and Adrian Timpau. Dan Saunders will be at the piano to accompany each performance.

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Movie Nights at Bryant Park – Featured films screening in the park on the big screen under the stars. Just bring your blanket and some friends to enjoy a great movie outdoors. The lawn opens at 5pm with screenings beginning at sunset. A new addition this year is the Beer and Wine lounge located on the Upper Terrace offering beverages to be purchased before and during the movie. Movies running through August.

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Summerstage - Celebrate summer by getting outdoors! Happening now through July 15th, enjoy fantastic music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. Summerstage is New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival with everything from Indie to EDM from iconic names to up and coming performers. More than 100 shows are scheduled in 18 neighborhood parks this summer. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so be sure to arrive early! Tickets can be purchased online.

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Press Lounge - Tucked away in Hell Kitchen on Manhattan’s West Side is the Kimpton Ink 48 Hotel which is home to The Press Lounge. The Press Lounge is a fan favorite for rooftop bars in the city, offering up a swanky space and panoramic views of both the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River.

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Coming Later this Summer

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Met Opera HD Summer Festival - The summer series at the Met Opera will be returning for its eighth season this year. Spectators can enjoy performances presented from the acclaimed "Live in HD" series outdoor on Lincoln Center Plaza. Showings begin at 8pm, but plan on getting there much earlier if you want to grab a seat for the screening. August 24th – Labor Day.

Where to Dine in The Hamptons this Summer

The Summer 2018 season is officially here which means New Yorkers will be flocking to the East End to escape the city heat on the weekends. The restaurant scene in The Hamptons is similar to the city in that some stay season after season, some move to new locations, and others no longer make the cut of the discerning crowds. We have gathered up some of the best places to eat in the East End from classics to new spots, from Southampton to Montauk. 

Southampton

Maison Vivienne

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Maison Vivienne is the newest opening in Southampton that is serving up French Provence cuisine by Michelin Star Chef Wolfgana Ban. The venue is comprised of indoor and outdoor seating, herb and vegetable gardens, a bar and lounge, and a small Inn that is comprised of 9 rooms with 2 suites. The Inn, situated in a 17th century Dutch Colonial building offers all the modern amenities guests would expect including access to room service from the restaurant.

Chef Ban is serving up fare that is a modern take on classic southern French cuisine included cote de bouef and roasted heritage chicken for two as well as a salad nicoise. The inside is not go unnoticed with its 20-foot high cathedral ceilings and wine cellar which holds over 2,000 bottles.

Tutto Il Giorno  

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This Southampton restaurant (also located in TriBeCa in the city) is run by Gabby Karan, daughter of designer Donna Karan. She brings her chic décor to the interior and serves up southern Italian dishes including lamb loin carpaccio and rigatoni with sweet and hot sausage. The back patio, filled with umbrellas, is a great place to hang out and becomes a social hub in the summer. The restaurant has been drawing celebrity clientele season after season. 

Sant Ambroeus

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The city favorite is also a favorite on the East End offering both indoor and outdooring seating in the heart of Southampton. Sant Ambroeus serves northern Italian cuisine thanks to its Milanese roots. In addition to lunch and dinner, it is a great spot to grab a proper coffee and conversation.

East Hampton

 Moby’s

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The popular East Hampton scene, which lost its space to EMP Summer House last season, has found a new space to call home. The partners have signed a 2-year lease at the East Hampton Point space at 295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road. Diners can expect a menu similar to the old Moby’s which served everything from brick oven pizzas to seafood dishes with a few additions. Given the new waterfront spot, we expect an elevated take on the cuisine. The new location is sure to offer great sunsets and views and will also allow guests to arrive via boat.

EMP Summer House

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Last year, the EMP crew took over the longstanding Moby’s space and created quite the buzz with its beachy pop-up. Reservations were only made available to American Express Platinum card holders and some card members even received access to the restaurants brand new BMW 7 series sedans.

The EMP crew will be returning for a second year, serving up the likes of flatbreads, bouillabaisse, and family style dinners such as DIY Tacos or a Lobster Boil. The backyard with games such as corn hole and ping pong remains.

Sag Harbor

Beacon

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This summertime only restaurant located on the water offers the perfect combination – good food and great views. Guests enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere with the deck being the perfect place to grab a cocktail. Beacon is famous for its fish dishes with this season’s menu including items such as halibut baked in parchment paper with sun dried tomatoes, lobster rigatoni, and oven roasted chicken. 

Le Bilboquet

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The Sag Harbor outpost of the Upper East Side gathering spot will be back for another season. The Sag Harbor location is larger than the one in the city you may be familiar with, but be warned that they run a strict door policy. The menu includes all the crowd favorites including the Cajun Chicken. We also recommend grabbing a drink at the bar to enjoy the scene.

Dopo La Spiaggia

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After splitting with Gabby Karan 2 years ago, Chef Maurizio Marfoglia kept the original space of Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor and rebranded it as Doppo La Spiaggia which means “After the Beach.” His restaurant remains a go-to spot and still serves of favorites such as Chicken Under the Brick and homemade pastas including squid ink tagliotini. Menu items include a northern Italian influence such as the seafood stew as Marfoglia hails from Lake Como.

Montauk

Duryea’s

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Duryea’s Lobster Deck has been a Montauk staple for years, however, the restaurant received a facelift in 2016 when billionaire Marc Rowan took over. The waterside location affords it some of the most picturesque views and scenery in perhaps all of The Hamptons. Most dishes are served family-style including the full clambake, lobster cobb salad, and market fish. Of course, the Duryea’s lobster roll is a must try!

Why You Should Start Looking for your Summer Rental in The Hamptons Now

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Thinking about renting a house in The Hamptons this summer? Now may be a good time to begin your search, especially for the 2018 Summer Season. It may seem early, however, it is never too early to start scouting out properties and negotiating with owners to ensure you get the house you want for the summer. Remember, you will have the house for the summer so spend the time and effort to ensure you get what you want!

The Summer 2018 Hamptons Rental season is already off to a quick start thanks to the U.S. Open Golf tournament coming to the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in June. This event is expected to draw a sizeable crowd and has already resulted in inquiries for rentals on the East End. Additionally, because some owners are now listing properties that they might not have otherwise given the opportunity, now is the optimal time as it relates to inventory selection.

We are expecting the number of transactions to be higher for the 2018 season as compared to 2017 because of a change to the Rental Permit Law enacted by the Town of Southampton. The law was revised to allow rentals shorter than the previous 2-week minimum. There is now a waiver for special occasions and large events which can put a squeeze on the limited hotel inventory in the area. With that said, wealthy individuals may turn to renting a home for their stay during something like that U.S. Open rather then turning to a hotel.

Additionally, we have talked a lot about the changes to the tax code and how it could impact real estate markets. We believe that the tax changes will impact the Hamptons Rental Market by increasing the size of prospective renters looking for property. Most people have now had an opportunity to see how the changes impacted their paychecks and have worked with their tax advisors to forecast their 2018 tax lability under the new guidelines. People are feeling wealthier and, generally, increased wealth leads to people being more likely to and willing to spend money.

Get ahead of the curve and begin your search for a summer rental in the East End now. Inventory is better earlier in the season as compared to later in the season (May/June).

Things to Consider When Looking for a Summer Rental:

  • Allow yourself time to find a rental and carefully review all the stipulations, etc. put in place by the land lord

  • Questions to consider: do they allow pets? are utilities included? are you, as the tenant, responsible for paying for pool maintenance, gardener, etc.? what is the security deposit? 

  • Owner may be more likely to negotiate the rate for the summer if you commit to locking in early (now).

  • A good summer rental can make or break the summer, so be sure to do your research before committing

  • Read the description thoroughly as well as the amenities. Try using services like GoogleEarth to scope out the property to see if it is located near any 'annoyances' (remember you will be spending the summer there!)

Opportunity to Rent in Southampton

82 Pheasant Close North, Southampton

82 Pheasant Close N Rental

First time offered on the rental market, this brand new magnificent home with 22' ceilings boasts 9 bedrooms, 8.5 baths and has all one could wish for in a summer retreat. The lower level has a 15 seat movie theatre, wine cellar, arcade, full gym, sauna and steam rooms and 2 bedrooms with 3 baths. Sited behind electric gates with a heated edgeless infinity saltwater pool, asphalt surface tennis court and hot tub, this location is prime as it is close to village shops and ocean beaches. Call for details as they are too numerous to mention. This will not last - contact us below for your private showing today!

Rental Terms:

June: $150,000

July: $350,000

42nd Year of The Hampton Classic Coming This Sunday

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End your summer on a high note with the 42nd Hampton Classic Horseshow returning to Bridgehampton this Sunday. The Hampton Classic is one of the "it" events on the Hamptons circuit. The show, well into its third decade, is well respected from locals and equestrian-lovers alike. This year's show will be help from August 27 - September 3.

The Classic is often regarded as one of the most prestigious outdoor equestrian events held in the country. This year's show marks the 42nd edition of the Classic. The show features competition from every level, from young children in leadline classes to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions.

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The Classic became highly distinguished in 2009 when it became only the second horse show ever to receive the designation of Heritage Competition by the United States Equestrian Federation. Only those competitions that have been around for 25 or more years are eligible to receive this designation.

While the competition in the show can certainly be stiff as some of the best in the world come to compete, there is fun to be had on the grounds as well. The 60-acre Hampton Classic show grounds is also a destination for dining and shopping as the event is known for its celebrity sightings and high-end boutiques that host pop-up shops on the lawn. This year’s Boutique Garden is expected to have more than 80 vendors.

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Also returning for the second year will be "Jump for Charity" where 10 rider captains will be paired with 10 selected charities. Custom hats have been generated for each charity. If all hats sell, $30,000 will be raised which will be allocated to the top three charities in terms of performance of their captains!

Opening Day, August 27th, will feature competition in six rings beginning at 8am. The highlight of the day will be the $30,000 Boar’s Head Jumper Challenge in the famed arena. This will be an arena of 1.40 meter jumps against the clock.

If you are in the East End this weekend, attending the Hampton Classic is a must! Limited tables for purchase were available under the tent at last check. Additionally, General Admission is $10/person with children under 6 free.

Victoria Shtainer Hampton Classic

Summer at the Seaport District

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In the heart of Downtown Manhattan, the Seaport District has been undergoing a large revitalization and transformation. We previously wrote about all the exciting things happening in the Seaport. This summer, however, the heat has been kicked up another notch at the waterside neighborhood with the “Summer at the Seaport” sponsored by Chase Sapphire.

Have you explored any seasonal spots this summer in the city? With many looking to get in a last vacation day or Summer Friday before Labor, the Seaport is the perfect spot to enjoy a summer afternoon or evening downtown. For Summer 2017, the Seaport is serving as a destination for highly curated culinary, music, retail, and cultural experiences.

There may only be a few weeks of summer left, but there is still a lot happening at the Seaport District to checkout.

Not convinced? Check out this wonderful video from our friends at South Street Seaport:

The Garden Bar

Perhaps the main focal point of the Summer at the Seaport installation is the Garden Bar sponsored by Chase Sapphire with special VIP access for card members. The bar is situated in the middle of the iconic cobblestone streets of the neighborhood, stretching 78 feet long and draped with greenery and palms. The setting feels like a garden oasis in the middle of the bustling city. The Garden Bar will be serving up selection of rare beers, rosé, and cocktails.

Additionally, The Garden Bar is located directly adjacent to a lush stage where live performances have been happening all summer long. Outdoor drink + live music…what is better? The lineup for the rest of the summer is as follows:

Thursday August 10th at 6pm: Breanna Barbara

Saturday August 12th at 6pm: Gedeon Luke and the People

Thursday August 17 at 6pm: Southern Avenue

Saturday August 19 at 6pm: Behold the Brave

Thursday August 24th at 6pm: Annie Hart

Saturday August 26th at 6pm: Showtime Goma

Thursday August 31st at 6pm: Calvin Love

Thursday September 7th at 6pm: The Alpaca Gnomes

The Chase Sapphire Lounge is reserved exclusively for Chase Sapphire members and offers a special menu of beverages and food.

Food Lab

Speaking of Chase Sapphire, members will also be able to get exclusive access to tickets at the Food Lab which has been hosting some of the most renowned chefs all season long. Each cehf will take up a 2-week residency at the Seaport, offering guests a taste of their signature culinary dishes. With guest chef’s coming in through early fall, you are sure to catch a unique experience before the summer ends.

Alon Shaya is currently in the Seaport until August 12 with Jessica Koslow, of Sqirl fame in Los Angeles, arriving on August 20th.  A partnership with Sixpoint Brewery has allowed each guest chef to create a custom beer for their time in residency. The remaining schedule for The Food Lab is as follows:

Jessica Koslow – August 20th – September 2nd

Dale Talde – September 20 – 23rd

Wylie Dufresne – September 29th – October 11th

 

Other Attractions

The Seaport is home to other attractions to enjoy a summer day or evening. Check out these popular spots to grab a cold drink or a good bite:

  • Clinton Hall: The popular pub has opened a location right on the heart of the Seaport. Clinton Hall is known for its 20 rotating draft beers alongside 20 burgers. There are also table games
  • Front Row Food Trucks: Various food trucks are rotating into front street, parking in a Smorgasburg-style street food display.
  • Mr Cannon: There is not much description provided on this new Speakeasy, aside from its inspiration. The address is not published on the website, but rumor has it it is located at 206 Front Street.

6 Rooftop Bars to Visit this Summer

NYC Rooftop Bars

Outdoor space is highly coveted in the city, especially during the warmer weather months when long days lead to beautiful sunsets over the skyline. We look for outdoor space in apartments, and we also desire it when deciding where to go for a cocktail.

Below is a list of 6 of the best rooftops to hangout in New York City and enjoy a cocktail (or 2) and skyline views from different vantage points. Perched in the sky, you might even catch a breeze to cool you down. Don’t take our word for it, and check out these place:

The Roof

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Situated atop the Viceroy Hotel, The Roof offers a sophisticated space to escape Midtown to enjoy a cocktail and view. The space faces North, offering views of the classic Central Park South skyline as well as the park itself. The interior of the lounge is reminiscent of an old luxury airliner with a menu offering up craft beers, global wines, and classic and modern cocktails that rotate to utilize the freshest ingredients.

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The Roof at Park South

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Take in views of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings while sipping on quality cocktails at the roof of the Park South Hotel. The space not only offers good views and good drinks, but also good DJs. The menu breaks down cocktails into categories such as “Effervescent and Easy Drinking” and “Fancy”. The space is outfitted with copper siding, orange canopies, and a fireplace.

The Park South Hotel 125 E 27th Street

1 Hotel DUMBO

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Looking for views of the skyline from a different perspective? DUMBO offers the perfect vantage point and the chic 1 Hotel offers the perfect spot from which to gaze. Grab a cocktail or glass of wine and take in sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline from the rooftop.

60 Furman Street

Salon De Ning

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Head to the Peninsula Hotel on 5th Avenue and make your way to the roof for a sophisticated setting to enjoy a drink while looking over the iconic stores of 5th Avenue. Salon De Ning was recently renovated in 2016 and features Hampton-esque aesthetics. The two outdoor spaces are complimented by an interior bar. The space operates on a first come first served basis.

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The Press Lounge

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Tucked away in Hell Kitchen on Manhattan’s West Side is the Kimpton Ink 48 Hotel which is home to The Press Lounge. The Press Lounge is a fan favorite for rooftop bars in the city, offering up a swanky space and panoramic views of both the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River.

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PHD Terrace Midtown

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Check out the newly expanded terrace of the Midtown outpost of PHD, the popular rooftop of the Dream Downtown in Meatpacking. PHD Terrace, at the Dream Midtown, allows guests to enjoy a different perspective than its sister, namely views of Midtown and Times Square. Word on the street is they serve a 164 oz. Moscow Mule!

210 W 55th Street

Where to View 4th of July Fireworks in New York

4th of July Fireworks in NYC

We are all gearing up to celebrate America's birthday on July 4th and enjoy the holiday weekend. Some things synonymous with the American holiday are BBQs, picnics, beach trips, and, of course, Fireworks. If you are in the city for the celebration, there will be a great fireworks display, and if you find yourself on the east end, there will be various events and fireworks displays throughout the weekend. 

New York City Fireworks

In New York, the Macy's 4th of July fireworks on the East River will be taking place again this year, with 2016 marking the 40th show by Macy's. With such a milestone, perhaps this year will be an extra-special display. The show consists of barges between 23rd and 42nd streets as well as south of the Brooklyn Bridge in the East River and begins around 9:25pm. 

Expect any recommended viewing area to be crowded, especially the "official" viewing spots as declared by the city. Below are some official spots as well as restaurants and rooftops that offer great views with added fun. 

South Street Seaport: 

The official viewing spot for South Street Seaport is at Peck Slip. The seaport will be having family-fun games and activities taking place before the fireworks begin. There will  be bands playing at the Seaport on both July 3rd and 4th.

FDR Drive:

The city will be closing the FDR drive at certain locations along the east side that will be ideal viewing. The elevated portions of the drive will offer the best vantage points, and access to these will open around 7pm. You can enter at multiple points along the FDR with access-points at Houston, 23rd, 34th, and 42nd being ideal. 

One World Observatory:

The observatory at One World Trade Center will be hosting a viewing party from 8-10pm. The event will feature and open bar and "all American" hors d'oeuvres. With One WTC being the tallest building in the city, expect great views of the fireworks. 

Tickets : $250 or $325 for a VIP package

Industry Kitchen:

Located along the east river promenade, Industry Kitchen is a great setting for views close to the Brooklyn Bridge. The restaurant is hosting a party with tickets starting at $175 for bar seating and $238 for table seating. The tickets include an open bar and buffet.

70 South Street

Mr. Purple:

If you are looking for a trendy setting to celebrate America's birthday, consider the rooftop of the Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side known as Mr. Purple. The rooftop bar and lounge complete with a pool offers great views of the city. The venue gets crowded on a normal summer evening so expect it to be full. General admission tickets are still available for $50 with VIP passes available as well.
 

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Hamptons Fireworks

Events will be taking place throughout the holiday weekend out East with fireworks displays being put on almost each day across the Hamptons. Some of our favorites our below.

Southampton Fresh Air Home's American Picnic:

In its 29th year, the annual picnic will take place on July 1st from 7-10pm and benefits the Southampton Fresh Air Home. The event has fun games for children to enjoy as well as food carts with quintessential American treats such as popcorn, ice cream, and hot dogs. The fireworks will be put on by Grucci.

1030 Meadow Lane, Southampton

Sag Harbor Yacht Club:

If you have a boat, this will be your ideal spot to enjoy some 4th of July fireworks from the water as you dock in Sag Harbor. If you are staying on land, there are great spots for viewing including Marine Park, Haven's Beach, and Sag Harbor Wharf. The fireworks display will take place July 2nd at 9:30pm.

27 Bay Street, Sag Harbor

Montauk:

The fireworks in Montauk, sponsored by the Montauk Chambers of Commerce, will take place on July 4th itself. Like the display in Southampton, they will also be put on by Grucci. The show will officially occur over Umbrella beach, but will be viewable from many spots in the area. Consider getting there quite early to secure parking.

Montauk