Want to know where you can watch the fireworks in Brooklyn this year? Here is Park Slope Parents' round up of where you can catch a dazzling display.
JULY 3th FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR AT CONEY ISLAND
When: Friday, July 3rd fireworks start at 9:30
Where: Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk near Steeplechase Pier
When: Saturday July 4th start time varies
What: The Brooklyn Cyclones have also announced fireworks on the following eight Saturdays and one Thursday after their home games, including the team’s Home Opener on Saturday, June 20th. Fireworks at MCU Park start when the game is over, so the time varies and is sometimes later than 9:30. You can also see the fireworks after the ballgames on on June 26, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 31, August 1, August 14, August 28, August 29 and September 5,
Where: Since the Brooklyn Cyclones’ Fireworks are shot from inside their park (to view in the stadium, you must have purchased a ticked to the ballgame itself). But you can still see the fireworks from outside the stadium on the street. Best viewing is within and close to the stadium, which is between West 16th and 19th Streets. . Directions to the stadium.
THE 39th ANNUAL MACY'S 4th of JULY FIREWORKS®
When: Friday, July 4th, fireworks start 9:20pm
What: America’s most spectacular party will take place from two locations on the East River in midtown and within the South Street Seaport district. Designed in collaboration with PyroSpectaculars by Souza, the show will be fired from four barges positioned between 23rd and 37th Streets in midtown and from one double-barge positioned below the Brooklyn Bridge. Brave, the theme of this year’s show, will fire more than 50,000 pyrotechnic shells and effects during a 25-minute synchronized display. New shells and effects include multi-colored transformation ghosts, blue and red octopi, crescent moons, patriotic stars, double hearts, roaring dragons, screaming banshees, purple rain and spider webbed-shaped shells. The show will combine these mesmerizing effects in 22 different colors, including new neon highlighter yellow, green and pink.
For more information on the 39th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks including detailed public viewing entry points and spectator tips, please visit www.macys.com/fireworks or call the Macy’s Fireworks Hotline at (212) 494-4495.
Where - Brooklyn Viewing Points:
- Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on Old Fulton & Furman Street, Joralemon Street & Furman Street or Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street.
- Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: enter on Columbia Heights & Pineapple Street, Montague Street & Pierrepont Street or Pierrepont Street & Remsen Street.
- The following pedestrian streets will be closed to all non-emergency vehicle traffic
- Montague Street: from Court Street to Montague Terrace
- Remsen Street from Court Street to Montague Terrace
- Old Fulton Street from Hicks Street to Furman Street
- Furman Street from Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue
- Columbia Heights from Montague Street to Old Fulton Street
- Hicks Street from Atlantic Avenue to Old Fulton Street
Further Reading on Park Slope Parents: Fireworks Safety & Caution in the City
You can also see Susan next to Mayor De Blasio and in the NY Times (photo below!), and read more about what Susan says about the ban on DNAinfo.
Any time is a good time to say THANKS to your nanny for all the hard work they do to keep our families going strong. This is a time of year, though, when lots of nannies are transitioning out of their jobs and into new ones it's especially important.
Our nannies and caregivers do so much to help our lives. They wipe tears, feed, pick-up/drop-off, tidy, comfort, clean, play, laugh, protect, fix, and are important partners in the raising of children in our community. Honor your nanny and any other nanny you see on Friday.
What can you do to say THANKS?
---A heart-felt note telling your nanny what you appreciate about the work they do?
---Pick up your nanny's favorite snacks or treats
---Get your nanny a coupon for a mani/pedi (from a place that pays fairly, of course!)
---Treat your nanny to a house-cleaning.
---Pay for your nanny to take a CPR or other education class that will help them down the road
---Give your nanny an extra afternoon off to enjoy a summer day
---Say thank you in a sincere, grateful way.
---More Nanny Gift ideas here
Here's one more way we came up with:
---PHOTOS of your nanny!
Marc Goldberg Photography Mini Studio Session
JJ Byrne and Washington Park
$50 for a 20 minute studio session which includes:
---Pictures with the nanny and kid(s)
---Pictures with the kid(s) by themselves
---Pictures with the nanny alone
(Marc is also willing to have a group shot of nannies who are friends or kids who play together as well.) (NOTE: If you can't make this time Marc will honor this price for a different session)
What you get: Access to an online gallery of full-sized downloadable jpegs to print what you want for your nanny/ yourself.
Regardless of whether you do something eventful this Friday, small acts of kindness throughout the year to show you value the work they do are always appreciated!
As PSP goes through the nanny survey results, we wanted to point out some issues related to pay and expectations that come up this time of year.
1. PAID TIME OFF—If you take off more time than you expected when you hired your nanny (e.g., you agreed on 2 paid time off but end up taking 3 weeks) you should pay your nanny unless you made other arrangements when s/he was hired. You can expect your nanny to come help do things like pet care or home care if it’s part of her job description, but don’t expect him/her to switch/add duties because you want more mileage out of her when you’re gone. Also, more times than not, hiring out your nanny for other jobs so you can get back your ‘investment’ (a term one nanny called, “pimping out your nanny”) is likely to lead to tension.
2. EXTRA DUTIES—sometimes summer can lead to extra work. Picking up extra kids from camp, having more frequent playdates because kids don’t have homework or watching cousins should lead to extra pay (or at least an offer of extra pay—some nannies won’t take it, but offering it is key).
3. REVIEW POLICIES—It’s always a good idea for you to review policies such as TV and computer use since a busy day at summer camp may want to make you want to give more or less downtime. Also review expectations for sunscreen, water intake, check-in policies for any older kids.
4. CAB FARE HOME—If you’re out late it’s standard to pay for a cab for your nanny. Some people will pay only if it’s dark so with summertime and later sunsets this should be an option only if you let your nanny know about it. Changing the cut off time can lead to tension if your nanny is expecting cab fare home when working later.
If you’re planning on saying goodbye to your nanny, check out:
Good luck and stay tuned for more Nanny Survey Results!
Join us of our first big fundraiser on June 6 from 7 – 10 pm!
Parents at Play, A Grown-Up Benefit for JJ Byrne Playground
Fabulous food & drink, photographer Marc Goldberg will be on hand taking candids, a funky Photo Booth and a great band, After School Special, featuring some of Park Slope’s own — Zach Bendiner, April Evans, Josh Matthews, Dave Miller, Dan Schrecker, Ashley Semrick, and Pierre Vilain.
This is a chance to have the playground to yourselves for an evening, and help OSH support your favorite park services like clean bathrooms, beautiful gardens and great events programming all year long.
BUY YOUR TICKETS! http://benefitoffice.org/osh/
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