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Skyline views as seen from Gotham Point (Gotham Organization) Skyline views as seen from Gotham Point (Gotham Organization)
This year, the Macy's 4th of July fireworks show will launch from five barges positioned on the East River in Midtown. Public viewing locations will be open to the public on elevated portions of FDR Drive in Manhattan; however, those watching from Greenpoint or Long Island City will have the bonus of the iconic Midtown skyline as a backdrop for the light show. Coincidentally enough, the show will take place across from a booming part of the Queens-Brooklyn waterfront. The Greenpoint Landing mega-development is well underway, and Gotham Organization's Hunters Point South towers are on the rise in Long Island City.

Below, we take a look at the rental buildings best situated for viewing the fireworks. It may be a little late to secure a lease by July 4, but there are a number of deals and offers to be found in time for next year.
Fireworks-map-01 Fireworks viewing map (Macy's)

240-East-39th-Street-01 All images of Paramount Tower via Glenwood Management
The 52-story Paramount Tower is located directly across the river from Long Island City, and enjoys spectacular views of the water and the historic Pepsi-Cola sign for it. In addition to an expansive suite of indoor amenities, the building offers a landscaped, furnished sun deck.

4-75-48th-Avenue-01 All images via Avalon Communities
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.

4610-Center-Boulevard-01 All images of 4610 Center Boulevard via TF Cornerstone
It feels like you can almost touch the landmarked Pepsi-Cola neon sign from 4610 Center Boulevard’s curved, glass-railed balconies that face the East River and the Midtown skyline. A huge resident-only yard adjoins the public park at the waterfront, but the roof deck is ideal for firework viewing.

4720-Center-Boulevard-01 All images of 4720 Center Boulevard via TF Cornerstone
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 river-facing rooftop terrace is the building's true crowning glory.

401-East-34th-Street-01 All images of View 34 via UDR
All 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.

1-Blue-Slip-01 All images of One Blue Slip via Brookfield Properties
In the new Greenpoint Landing mega-development, a whopping 90 percent of apartments at One Blue Slip enjoy water views. A full floor of amenities was designed to make the most of these; among them is an outdoor terrace with lawn, lounge, and grilling areas that would seem tailor-made for a Fourth of July barbecue.

30-Waterside-Plaa-01 All images via Waterside Plaza Rental Office
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 a gracious esplanade overlooking panoramic East River views.

2-Blue-Slip-01 All images of Two Blue Slip via Brookfield Properties
A key component of the Greenpoint Landing development, which Two Blue Slip is a key part of, is the outdoor space and connection to the Greenpoint waterfront. Apartments enjoy river vistas, and the amenity package includes a Pool Club with airy, landscaped terraces facing the East River.

1-Eagle-Street-01 Eagle + West (Brookfield Properties)
Directly on Greenpoint Landing's waterfront esplanade, the two towers comprising Eagle + West are uniquely angled to make the most of unobstructed skyline and waterfront views. Open-concept apartments are flooded with light from oversized windows, and 42,000 square feet of residential amenities include a central terrace with grills, lounge and bar seating, and skyline views — the perfect setting for a July 4 barbecue!

5241-Center-Boulevard-01 All images of 5241 Center Boulevard via TF Cornerstone
52-41 Center Boulevard and its sister tower, 52-03 Center Boulevard, are New York's tallest waterfront buildings outside Manhattan. All units look out on skyline and river views, and feature Caesarstone countertops and modern appliances and finishes. The buildings are joined by a new half-acre park, and amenities at 52-41 Center Boulevard include a river-facing lounge. 52-03 Center Boulevard is topped with a landscaped roof deck that practically puts residents in the sky along with the fireworks.

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626-First-Avenue-01 All images via American Copper Leasing
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. The fitness center and lounge look out on the skyline for further inspiration, and a roof deck with infinity pool directly faces the water.

57-28-2nd-Street-01 Gotham Point (Gotham Organization)
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By virtue of its status as one of the tallest buildings in Long Island City, residents of Gotham Point enjoy spectacular views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Residents can also enjoy the fireworks from such common spaces as a residents' lounge, a 12th-floor terrace, and a rooftop terrace with grills, fire pits, and a rooftop farm.

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