Fourth of July: Where to watch the Macy’s Fireworks

One again, the spectacular Macy’s Fireworks will grace the skies over the Hudson River this year for the Fourth of July celebration! At around 9:20 pm on July 4th, firework show will be set off from six barges on the Hudson featuring more then 40,000 exploding shells with more then 1,500 per minute and fireworks!! The best views will be from Manhattan’s West Side below 59th Streets and almost any New Jersey waterfront area. For a prime location, get a spot early as the public areas get extremely crowded (I would suggest around 5pm). Be sure to bring chairs or a blanket, snacks water and anything else you want to enjoy during the show. Here are some suggestions on specific places to see one of the largest firework shows!

West Side Highway
The West Side Highway basically becomes a huge block party and gets very crowded.  Its also the best place to see the display if you can tolerate the crowds.  Best places are at  Pier 54 and Pier 84 (Macy’s recommendations)  You can also enter at West St. and 13th St. / West St. and 44th St.

New Jersey Waterfront
You’ll find great views from both Hoboken and Weehawken but any Jersey waterfront will get you a view. We suggest Waterfront Park or Hamilton Park in Weehawken and Maxwell Park (11th Street to 14th street) in Hoboken.  There’s also a great nightlife scene in Hoboken so if you’re up for it, hit up one of the bars/restaurants before or after the display.  But plan to wait, it will be a busy night!

Water Taxi Cruise
South Street Seaport
For  $100 ticket you can get on the Fourth of July cruise which includes food and the ride.  There is a cash-only bar selling beer and wine for those who want to cheers to the fireworks. Click here for tickets.


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MEET OUR STAFF: James Walter Martin III, Front Office Supervisor

If you ask Walter what he enjoys most about his job at The Roosevelt he’ll say, “I love working with people.” Solving a problem for a guest, giving advice about navigating the streets of New York, it’s all in a day’s
work. Making a guest’s trip to New York memorable stirs some travel recollections of his own. As a sousaphone player in his college marching band, Walter participated in a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. “An awesome experience I’ll never forget,” he says.

Walter’s smiling face and friendly personality make him a welcome presence at The Roosevelt’s front desk. He’s the hotel’s main point of contact for the many airline crews who stay at The Roosevelt and our major airline partners often mention Walter as one of the reasons they’re happy to base their crews with us in New York.

Walter consistently follows the bedrock philosophy of our industry: Treat guests the way you would expect to be treated. When you do that, as he can attest, you’ll often get a sincere ‘thank you’ that brightens even the most challenging workday. The native North Carolinian has been at The Roosevelt for nearly seven years. When he’s not assisting guests at The Roosevelt, Walter enjoys playing chess, reading military history and spending time with his wife and four daughters

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Shakespeare in the City

With Summer in full force, many of us New Yorkers are anxious and excited for one of the seasons greatest treats. Shakespeare in the City. With a variety of outdoor performances, it’s a must-do whether you are a local or just visiting. A true treasure in the Big Apple. Here is a list of someo of the best places to see these outdoor performances.

Shakespeare in the Park
Delacorte Theater, Central Park
Through July 30
This may be the most popular venue, which can make getting tickets difficult, especially when notable actors are taking stage.  I remember waiting for almost 10 hours to get tickets to see Anne Hathaway in the Twelfth Night!  But for Shakespeare lovers, it’s worth the wait.  This season the production includes “All’s Well Ends Well’ and Meaure by Measure”.   You can get free tickets on their website ( or on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of performance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. For more information, including the calendar visit

New York Classical Theatre
Battery Park and Governors Island
July 6, 8–10, 12–13, 15, 18–21 and 24
This is a moving experience.  Literally.  This production of Henry V, literally takes you on the journey with King Henry and his army from England (Battery Park) and cross the English Channel (New York Harbor) to France (Governors Island). Starting at around 5pm on each day of the performance get wristbands for the free ferry in Battery Park. Performances will begin at 7pm and bring a blanket as seating is limited.  Check out for more info.

Royal Shakespeare Company at Lincoln Center
Wade Thompson Drill Hall, Park Avenue Armory
July 6–August 14
Ah, the Royal Shakespeare Company coming to New York City. As if that is not enough, they are also bringing their own theater.  Kind of.  Designed to re-create the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Shakespeare’s hometown the company is shipping a replica of that theater along with the sets, costumes, lighting and other production elements to be set up at the Park Avenue Armory. Performances will include As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale and Julius Caesar. Visit for more information.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Municipal Parking Lot (corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets), Lower East Side
July 7–23 and July 29–August 13
A Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production is always free, and it always happens while the parking lot is in operation!  The Drilling Company is performing two plays from opposite sides of the spectrum: Comedy of Errors (July 7 to 23) and Hamlet (July 29 to August 13).  Be sure to bring a chair!  For more information, check out

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Nothing says summer like a well made mojito! mad46 Rooftop Lounge is well-known for it’s delicious and refreshing madMojito and since we all can’t spend every summer hour enjoying the views and great company up top the 19th floor of The Roosevelt Hotel, here’s how you can make this yummy cocktail at home! Be sure to check out all our signature cocktails here.

The madMojito


3 oz. Bacardi Coco rum
½ oz. lime juice
4 oz. coconut juice
Freshly muddled mint

Muddle the mint with lime juice and coconut juice. Add ice, rum and a splash of soda water. Shake and pour into serving glass. Top with a chocolate stick and coconut shavings.


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mad46 Summer Movie Series Begins with TOP GUN!


You can be my wingman any time. – Iceman

Tom Cruise.  Rooftop in Manhattan.  Cocktail service.  Need we say more?  mad46 Rooftop Lounge is excited to begin its ‘Summer Movie Series’ this season and kicking it off in style with TOP GUN this Tuesday, June 14th at 9:00pm! Channel your inner Maverick or Goose and fly into the danger zone for a special Top GunViewing Party, complete with aviator shades, pilot hats, Top Gun Trivia, prizes, and over enthusiastic guys ‘high-fiving!’And yes, of course we have fun, delicious cocktails!  Watch the film and enjoy some of the featured drinks of the night like The Maverick, Goose Tea, The Wingman-hattan, and Iceman Lemonade atop the 19th floor of The Roosevelt Hotel!


The mad46 Summer Movie Series will be showcasing classic hit movies all season long and will include films like Saturday Night Fever; 54; and Dirty Dancing (complete with Mambo lessons).  For a complete schedule of the films, visit us at or be sure to follow mad46 on Facebook and Twitter!


Tuesday, June 14th at 9:00pm

mad46 Rooftop Lounge
Madison Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017

To RSVP or for Table Reservations email:


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