Watching fireworks in New York is a magical juxtaposition of the urban landscape lit up to celebrate America’s birthday. The tricky part? Finding a viewing spot isn’t always so easy, which has us dreaming about these homes that provide unparalleled access to the dazzling fireworks shows this Fourth of July.
The East River is mere steps from the Austin Nichols House on the Williamsburg waterfront, and the property offers both stunning views of the fireworks and the Manhattan skyline. This Cass Gilbert-designed building is more than a century old and when the condos are ready, it will be filled with a variety of luxury amenities from a jam room to a roof deck. Studios start at $540,000 and two-bedrooms begin at $1.3 million. Contact Austin Nichols House at 718-486-KENT
The homes tucked inside 21W20 blend seamlessly into the Chelsea neighborhood by mixing modern sophistication with the area's original character. If you find yourself inside the 4,663-square-foot Penthouse Two, head to the spacious terrace to see the fireworks. At the end of the night, retire to one of the four bedrooms, which are surrounded by a living room with a custom-made bio-fuel fireplace, sleek kitchen, and all-around floor-to-ceiling windows that also provide equally satisfying skyline views. $13.97 million; ContactRachel Glazer, 917-860-7721 or Stephen McArdle, 646-641-3343 at 21W20
One John Street in DUMBO's northwest views mean you'll take in panoramas that stretch up the East River from the Brooklyn Bridge to Midtown. This three-bedroom home features high ceilings, wide-plank floors, and great views from each room year-round. $5.15 million, contact Sotheby’s Realty agents Karen Heyman, 212-810-4990 or Alan Heyman, 212-810-4991
At 777 feet tall, 45 E. 22nd St. is the highest residential building between Midtown and Downtown. Residents of its Penthouse B reap the benefits via a glass tower that makes it feel as if they can reach out and touch the historic Flatiron Building, soar straight above Madison Square Park, and, of course, enjoy some unparalleled views of the city's fireworks. The expansive 6,000-square-foot penthouse also boasts four bedrooms and six bathrooms. $38 million; Contact 45 East 22 at 212-777-4522