Photo by myself in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Park Slope is known for its brownstones but there are also shingled and clapboard houses lined up side-by-side. Most buildings have stoops and tiny gardens in front.
It's the dog days of summer, all right - bright sunshine, humidity, lazy dogs, and barbecues.
Mark and I had our own little cookout last night on our balcony. Those without balconies can tote their gear to some of the public parks, which have designated areas for grilling.
This year the fireworks are being held over the Hudson River on the west side. Best views are located between 23rd and 59th Streets in Manhattan, or on the other side of the Hudson, in New Jersey. For tips about where to go, click here for a guide by New York Magazine.
Since the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year, most Americans have Monday off from work. Hooray!
Related posts: The Veteran's Day Parade, Down Fifth Avenue, Lower Fifth Avenue and Back in Time, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.