This year, the fireworks display in NYC was on the East River by the Brooklyn Bridge.
Now, finding a spot to watch the fireworks was a headache. Our small group unfortunately got separated from everyone else who were watching in Pier 1. Police closed the area because there were too many people in the pier. Then they opened it again but closed it by the time we made our way over, so in the end we just stayed on the other side of the bridge (we squeezed in just 10 minutes before they closed that section too, whew!).
What’s that tall tower with the spire? Well it’s not the Empire or the Chrysler…which means it’s the Freedom tower in World Trade Center. P.S. This gif helped me not seem like a total n00b when I first got here.
Since we waited for nearly 3 hours for the sky to get dark, I got to watch the sun set over Manhattan. So breathtaking!
My friend asked me if I was trying to recreate Monet’s Haystacks (a series where he painted stacks of hay during various times of day, season, and weather) with the city skyline. That was not really my intension, but I guess the two photos below turned out to have this effect!
Alas, the fireworks! I chose to stand back and enjoy the moment, so I did not take many photos during the show. However, these fireworks that shot off the Brooklyn bridge surprised me and were too cool to not document!
All in all, the frustration in trying to find a spot, hours of waiting on an empty stomach, and constant standing/walking were worth it after seeing this great display. Would I ever do it again? Probably not – but I’m glad to have seen it once and I suggest you put this on your NYC bucketlist too.
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