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Top 10 Buildings to Watch the July 4th Fireworks on the East River

For one night a year, New York’s hottest spot isn’t in the Meatpacking District, the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, or the next undiscovered “it” neighborhood. On July 4th, that honor goes to the East River between East 23rd and East 40th Streets, where the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza will be set off. Any Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens neighborhood with an East River view is likely to get very crowded very quickly. 
 
Some lucky renters and homeowners, however, can skip all that and enjoy the fireworks from their building’s private roof deck, if not their own living rooms. Waterfront buildings in Queens and Brooklyn rank higher on our list because they’ll enjoy Manhattan as a backdrop, but certain Murray Hill buildings will get a front-row view of the show.

#1 - The Greenpoint, 21 India Street

Rental in Greenpoint

Constructed this year, Greenpoint's tallest residential tower rises 40 stories high. All 95 one- through three-bedroom condos have bright, airy layouts, soaring ceilings, and full-height windows. Many units have private balconies or terraces, and all residents have access to the building's sun deck and courtyard garden.


Studios Starting At
$2,529
2 Available
1 Bed Starting At
$3,017
7 Available
2 Beds Starting At
$4,112
7 Available

#2 - 4720 Center Boulevard

No fee rental in Long Island City

Gantry Plaza State Park is expected to be very crowded with fireworks watchers this year, but residents of the nearby 4720 Center Boulevard are in for quite a break. This 32-floor, Arquitectonica-designed waterfront rental was created to make the most of panoramic views. All 345 studios through three-bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on dramatic views. A rooftop terrace is the building's crowning glory.


Studios Starting At
$2,777
1 Available
1 Bed Starting At
$3,346
1 Available
2 Beds Starting At
$6,408
1 Available

Managed by TF Cornerstone

#3 - Avalon Riverview North, 4-75 48th Avenue

No fee rental in Long Island City

This excellently positioned Long Island City rental got its name from panoramic East River and Manhattan skyline views. Residents can enjoy them through oversized windows in the 602 apartment and townhouse units. For a more social experience, an outdoor terrace has the same excellent views and a kitchen area for a Fourth of July cookout.


Studios Starting At
$2,565
5 Available
1 Bed Starting At
$3,344
16 Available
2 Beds Starting At
$4,335
8 Available

#4 - The View at East Coast, 46-30 Center Boulevard

Condo in Long Island City

With the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign to the north and the United Nations directly across the river, residents of this Handel Architects-designed building will find something to enjoy wherever they look. The 184 apartments feature high ceilings, full-height windows, and head-on views of the East River. Select units have private terraces, and all residents have access to a roof terrace with barbecue grills and cabanas.
 


Price Range
$1.2M - $1.9M
Avg. Price / Ft2
$1,608
Apts Available
3
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#5 - Citylights, 4-74 48th Avenue

Condop in Long Island City

This full-service, 522-unit condop gets its name from the unobstructed Manhattan, Queens, and East River views in every home. Walls of windows fill the apartments with breathtaking views and wonderful natural light from south and west exposures. Amenities include a gym, parking garage, and roof deck.


Price Range
$400K - $845K
Avg. Price / Ft2
$714
Apts Available
9
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#6 - American Copper Buildings, 626 First Avenue

No fee rental in Murray Hill

With its eye-catching design and soaring height, the SHoP-designed American Copper Buildings are a fun addition to the New York City skyline it looks out on in every direction. All 761 apartments boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the East River. Many of the amenities, including the fitness center and lounge, look out on the skyline for further inspiration.


Studios Starting At
$3,295
3 Available
1 Bed Starting At
$4,881
1 Available
2 Beds Starting At
$6,369
6 Available

#7 - Waterside Plaza, 30 Waterside Plaza

No fee rental in Murray Hill

According to Carter Horsley, the stepped and faceted profile of the buildings at Waterside Plaza gives every apartment in the development spectacular views. Its location, beautiful apartments, and abundance of amenities attract a vibrant young crowd to a community rather than a simple complex. In addition to a gym and day spa, Waterside Plaza is home to the city's largest roof garden overlooking panoramic East River views.


1 Bed Starting At
$3,095
2 Available
2 Beds Starting At
$3,375
3 Available
3 Beds Starting At
$4,950
1 Available

#8 - The Horizon, 415 East 37th Street

Condo in Murray Hill

The sleek, prominent Horizon was built in 1987, but has recently been updated with open, flexible layouts and state-of-the-art appliances. One thing that has not changed, however, is its panoramic river and city views as seen through large windows in every room. The fireworks would be gorgeous enough in one's own home here, but the rooftop pool and hot tub add an element of luxury.


Price Range
$720K - $2.9M
Avg. Price / Ft2
$1,194
Apts Available
9
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#9 - View 34, 401 East 34th Street

No fee rental in Murray Hill

All 706 apartments in View 34 have triple-glazed windows that block out the noise of the city, yet fill the homes with sweeping skyline and East River views. In addition to updated kitchens ideal for preparing a Fourth of July feast, some units have private balconies for optimal firework viewing. The roof deck offers seating areas to further make the most of the views.


Studios Starting At
$2,989
2 Available
1 Bed Starting At
$3,387
35 Available
2 Beds Starting At
$5,549
12 Available

Managed by UDR

#10 - The Powerhouse, 2-17 51st Avenue

Condo in Long Island City

This power station-turned-condominium is far from the tallest in Long Island City, but offers some of the best views by far. Double-pane, oversized windows in the apartments look out on cityscapes and open sky. The roof terrace has a sun deck, barbecue grills, and picnic tables for the ultimate Fourth of July party.


Price Range
$875K - $1.6M
Avg. Price / Ft2
$1,224
Apts Available
2
Schedule Viewing
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