10 Awe-Inspiring Photos from Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2015 at Waterside

Macy's July 4 fireworks 2015, Waterside Plaza

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2015, Waterside Plaza at 25th St & the East River. Photo credit: Tobias Batz

The hands-down best Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in years, and we had the most  jaw-dropping view in town right on the water at 25th Street! See some of our favorite fireworks photos here–more amazing photos from Waterside’s Fourth of July extravaganza coming soon. Thanks to all the residents and guests who came–it was a pleasure to celebrate with you!

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Macy's July 4 Fireworks Spectacular 2015, Waterside Plaza

 

PureWow Names Waterside One of "The Best NYC Pools For Summer Workouts"

nyc_pools_watersideCurators of cool, PureWow names Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club Pool one of “The Best NYC Pools for Summer Workouts.” See what they have to say here.

You’re a warm-blooded human who just wants to cool off and swim some laps. Unfortunately, New York is not the easiest to navigate when it comes to pools.

So we set out to find nine of the best spots in the city for perfecting your breaststroke.

Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club (Kips Bay)

Hey, parents: In addition to panoramic river views, Waterside’s got a fully-equipped weight room, personal trainers, saunas and the Swim Sharks Youth Program, meaning you can work on your stroke solo while the kiddos are taken care of.

$20 for a day pass; East River at 25th St.; 212-340-4225 or watersideplaza.com

Waterside Residents: Register NOW for Our Macy's July Fourth Fireworks Viewing Party

You’ve probably heard the news–the July 4th Macy’s Fireworks is coming home to the East River this year! And if you’ve lived awhile at Waterside Plaza, you know we’ve got the hands-down best view in town and we’re celebrating with a BIG party!

Every apartment is allowed to invite 10 guests–register your guests NOW at watersideplaza.com/portal. Beat the lines and buy your guests wristbands at the Management ASAP! Guest list due by July 1, wristband purchase by July 2! See details below.

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Waterside Market 2015: Arts & Crafts Market, Cat Adoption, Fitness Demo & More

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Did we have you at cats? The adorable kitties of City Critters definitely had us! But we’ve got more than just bundles of furry love for you this year–Waterside Market 2015 held this Saturday, June 20, 10AM-3PM, features our most jam-packed schedule to date. Events include a live DJ, a performance of “Three Little Pigs” for the kids by the wonderful WonderSpark Puppets (11AM), a demo fitness class with popular trainer Stu Lupoten (noon), and a lot of good karma–the Lower East Side Ecology Center will be on hand all day to pick up old electronics for environmentally-safe recycling & Goodwill will be on hand at 3:30PM to take donations.

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As always, residents and friends of our large and diverse community will present an ever-surprising array of arts and crafts, jewelry, vintage clothing and accessories, and baked goods for sale. This is one of our most popular community events–it’s always a good time with plenty of great finds. Admission is free and open to the public. There are still a limited number of booth tables available if you’d like to register to be a vendor–artists, crafters, bakers, and possessors of interesting closets welcome! Email yketzis@watersideplaza.com  to inquire.

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June 2015 at Xia Spa: Sandal Season, Father's Day Special

June 2015 Xia Spa Specials

Xia Leder, founder and manager of Xia Spa, let us in on a little secret awhile ago–some of her most regular customers are men. We tend to think of spa treatments as lady-centric but why wouldn’t dads need pampering as much as moms do? Buff and polish, rejuvenating facial, and chair massage are among the favorite mens’ treatments at Xia Spa–you can get a Father’s Day gift certificate for any of these services and more. And for either gender, this month’s mani-pedi specials include callus removal to get you ready for sandal season.

Xia Spa is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, and is open Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM, Sun 10AM-7PM. Visit the website and contact the spa at (212) 689 0691 or xialeder@gmail.com for appointments.

Community Center Events at Waterside Plaza June 2015

It’s a busy month at the Waterside Plaza Community Center! See our June 2015 events below, including (Virgin Cocktail) Happy Hour, Summer Brunch, and Origami Workshop. The Community Center is located on A Level in Building 40, and is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM.

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Where To Catch The Best View of Manhattanhenge This Weekend

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Manhattanhenge from across the East River. Source: pix11.com

The most glorious sunset of the year, Manhattanhenge 2015 makes its first of four appearances tonight, Friday, May 29, 8:12 PM and again tomorrow, Saturday, May 30, 8:12PM. For those who’ve yet to experience it, Manhattanhenge is an urban phenomenon that occurs ONLY in Manhattan when the setting sun aligns perfectly with our street grid, illuminating the streets framed by our iconic skyscrapers. Why only Manhattan? Most other cities don’t have a clear view of the horizon the way we do across the Hudson River to New Jersey, and the cities that do have a clear sight-line don’t have the perfectly straight roads afforded by our grid. So grab your cameras tonight and revel in having one more reason to love living in New York City.

And Watersiders are doubly in luck, as according to scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the best way to catch the view is by standing as far east as possible on 14th, 23rd, 34th, and 42nd Streets, so you’re at one of the best vantage points. 23rd Street is likely to have a smaller crowd although the most ‘gram-worthy shot is likely to be had on 42nd Street. Be sure to show us your best #Manhattanhenge shots @watersideplaza on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Manhattanhenge seen from 34th Street. Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images. Source: huffingtonpost.com
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Manhattanhenge seen from 42nd St. Credit: AP Photo/John Minchillo. Source: huffingtonpost.com

 

 

 

 

On the East River Ferry: Please Touch the Art at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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The East River Ferry. Source: eastriverferry.com

The second coolest thing about living on the water? The hands-down best deal on river boat rides is outside your door. (The #1 coolest thing is the views, of course.) While tourists pay hundreds of dollars to circle the East River on a crowded boat, New Yorkers in the know hop the East River Ferry for little more than the price of a subway fare. With the E. 34th Street ferry terminal just steps from the north end of Waterside Plaza, it only makes sense to introduce our new blog series On the East River Ferry, covering the best Summer 2015 events at each stop. First up: Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art, which opened last weekend at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Jeppe Hein, Appearing Rooms, 2006. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing Source: publicartfund.org

One of Denmark’s most celebrated artists, Jeppe Hein brings his whimsical, inclusive aesthetic to our city’s most inclusive public place–the New York City park. We’re betting Appearing Rooms (pictured above) will be his most popular installation, and for good reason, since it really lets you kid out, moving from space to space as jets of water rise and fall around you. But there are 18 installations total scattered throughout the park, and if you find them all, you can tweet/gram your completed hunt to @PublicArtFund #PleaseTouchTheArt to receive a prize!

eppe Hein Mirror, Labyrinth NY, 2015  Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing.

Jeppe Hein Mirror, Labyrinth NY, 2015. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing. Source: publicartfund.org

Another sure-favorite for those of us forever in love with this city is Mirror Labyrinth NY, a stainless steel installation mirroring New York City. There is also a series of Modified Social Benches (below), which reinvents the concept of the park bench as a graceful, looping social adventure–which really, every park visit should be. Of course, there’s tons more to do at Brooklyn Bridge Park, including plenty of good eating nearby in DUMBO so go ahead and make a day of it and stay tuned to our ongoing events coverage–no doubt we’ll be back in Brooklyn soon.

Jeppe Hein, Modified Social Bench NY #06, 2015. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing. Source: publicartfund.org

Jeppe Hein, Modified Social Bench NY #06, 2015. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing. Source: publicartfund.org

Your Summer Fitness Solution: Swim & Health Club Membership Special (Act Before June 1)

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You can’t really say the gym is “too far.” Your summer fitness solution is outside your door–join the Waterside Swim & Health Club before June 1, 2015 to save on an annual membership, and receive a free manicure and 50% discount on Xia Spa‘s heavenly Signature Facial. Call the Club at 212 340 4225 to learn more about the Club’s features below.

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The Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, New York NY, 10010. You can learn more about the Health Club on their website and their Facebook page.

Senses of Springtime: Celebrate India! at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Our favorite thing about New York? Everything and everyone is here…and nowhere can you see that better than at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which presents its latest global festival, Senses of Springtime: Celebrate India! this Sunday, May 17, 1-5PM. The Met has partnered with some of the best organizations in the city to bring you an immersive experience that includes a real Bollywood dance workshop, traditional music from sitarist Neel Mugai and tabla master Shivalik Ghoshal, Indian cooking with Iron Chef Jehangir Meht, and, of course, incredible art–special exhibition Sultans of Deccan, India: Opulence and Fantasy is on view until July 26, 2015. There will also be a special 3D architecture experience in conjunction with The Children’s Museum of Manhattan so bring the family–it’s a great way to introduce the kids to the world.