Independence Day, while a feather in director Roland Emmerich's cap, is generally a shitshow in this city. Crowds run rampant within a 30-block radius of the fireworks and finding a place to celebrate comfortably is nearly impossible. The pyrotechnics this year will once again take place over the Hudson, meaning West Side and New Jersey venues will have the best views. You might try getting a leg-up on the crushing mobs below at rooftop bar Press Lounge, eschewing the view for rare suds at The Vanderbilt, or taking things into your own hands with a picnic box from Landmarc Time Warner. Get ready folks, because it is undeniably party time.
- Zachary FeldmanRead More