The views are spectacular from the Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm within the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Unfortunately, they haven’t fulfilled their potential for the fourth of July since 2008.
But now, with the fireworks set to return to the East River for the first time in five years, a flurry of parties are planned. Event organizers and everyday residents are ecstatic.
“We have front row seats!” said Michele Kaufman, who organized a party on the Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop. “While most of the waterfront will be on lockdown, we’ll be maxing and relaxing on the roof.”
With such prime real estate, $100 tickets for the event were quickly sold out. But the Brooklyn Grange isn’t the only party in town.
Another rooftop bash at 889 Broadway in Bushwick is the brain child of Cheeba Cruz, a music journalist with Vulgar Colors, a music magazine and community organization. Cruz is being assisted by Wicked Heathens, a women-owned custom jewelry business, and On the Lam, mostly a DIY fashion production house (but in this instance, providing a “traveling kitchen”).
“A True American Celebration so bring your [expletive] moccasins,” read an online statement from Vulgar Colors.
More parties will continue even after the spectacle, right through the weekend.
“If you’re not in brooklyn for the Hot Since 82 rooftop party this weekend, you’re doing it wrong,” local resident Alex Jackson wrote on Twitter, referencing a Saturday party at Bushwick venue The Well. That day-after rooftop shindig is being thrown by Daley Padley, more commonly known as Hot Since 82, a 30-year old British DJ and house music producer.
For more low-key Brooklynites, however, the return of the fireworks is simply an opportunity to take in a great view from home.
“Yippie! I can watch from my rooftop,” said Karen Suárez, who lives on the Carroll Gardens/Red Hook border.
“Don’t need #fireworks when you’ve got #sunset #brooklyn #rooftop #redhook #Iloveny #ilovemyroofdeck,” tweeted Beth Weinstein, showing off a breathtaking view to a digital audience.
Weinstein is the owner of Only Atoms Running, a running clothes company headquartered in Boerum Hill. While she plans to simply host a few friends for the fireworks this year from the rooftop of her home, she’s not ruling out a larger rooftop party in the future, now that the fireworks have returned.
Fireworks will be set off from the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges in the water below. The action starts at 9 p.m.