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    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010 (NSFW)

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    Emcee Dandy Wellington at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    SIT & Die Co at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Pin-up spotlight - entertainers and partygoers took their 15 seconds in the...

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    Pin-up spotlight - entertainers and partygoers took their 15 seconds in the...

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    Pin-up spotlight - entertainers and partygoers took their 15 seconds in the...

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Pin-up spotlight - entertainers and partygoers took their 15 seconds in the...

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Pin-up spotlight - entertainers and partygoers took their 15 seconds in the...

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    The Minsky Sisters at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Dandy Wellington at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Minsky Sisters at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Minsky Sisters at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Minsky Sisters at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Gelber & Manning and the Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Gelber & Manning and the Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    SIT & Die Co at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    The Minsky Sisters at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    The Minsky Sisters and Dandy Wellington at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Gelber & Manning and the Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Gelber & Manning and the Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Gelber & Manning and the Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Gelber & Manning and the Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Dandy Wellington at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Gelber & Manning and the Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Gelber & Manning and the Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Gelber & Manning and the Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Stage kitten at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Perle Noire and Dandy Wellington at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Perle Noire at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    The Minsky Sisters at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Gelber & Manning at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

     

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Gelber & Manning at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Gelber & Manning and the Star Spangled Orchestra at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

  • Photograph: Syd London

    Jezebel Express at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

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    Stage kitten at the Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010

Photograph: Syd London

The Liberty Belle Spectacular 2010 (NSFW)


Rooftop parties

Hudson Terrace
This plush deck with a retractable cover, cabanas and uninterrupted views of the Hudson is among Manhattan's best high-class rooftop bars and offers unparalleled views of the fireworks. Add to that a four-hour open bar (6:30--10:30pm) and barbecue, and you'll realize nights like this are why we kicked the British out in the first place. Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves (212-315-9400, july4thtickets.com). 6:30pm--2am; $100.


RECOMMENDED: All 4th of July events

Empire State Building's Observatory
You can watch the fireworks at eye level from the iconic skyscraper's 86th-floor observatory. Head up 1,050 feet into the heavens for a private two-hour event that will put you a world above the Hudson barges. Alcohol will be available for purchase on the 80th floor, if you can manage to pull yourself away from a sight that is breathtaking (even on nights when there isn't a twenty-five-minute fireworks display for your viewing pleasure!). Tickets are available here, but be quick; it's first-come, first-served. Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Ave between 33rd and 34th Sts (212-736-3100, esbnyc.com). 8pm; $125.

The Liberty Belle Spectacular
The folks behind the Salon, the Champagne Riot, Wits End and Dances of Vice affairs join forces to present a swinging Jazz Age party. This shindig pulls out all the stops with performances from Gelber & Manning and the Star-Spangled Orchestra, burlesque stars (including Angie Pontani and Gal Friday), the tap-dancing Minsky Sisters and other vintage delights. Loungerati barkeep Fredo Ceraso will be slinging drinks all evening, and best of all, you'll be able to see the fireworks occasionally peaking over buildings to the west. Empire Hotel Rooftop, 44 W 63rd St at Broadway (libertybellespectacular.com). 5pm--2am; $25, advance $20.

Sky Room
The price of entry is high, but so is the lounge itself—it's reputedly the highest rooftop bar in New York. Along with first-class views, your hundred big ones get you a five-hour top-shelf open bar (6--11pm) and some perfunctory snacks like minisliders, Buffalo chicken tenders and chips. Sky Room, 330 W 40th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-380-1195, skyroomnyc.com). 4pm--4am; $100, tables $150 per person.

Boat cruises

Rocks Off Concert Cruise
If you turned your nose up at the thought of watching fireworks to the warbling of Katy Perry, this party on the Half Moon may provide a soundtrack more to your liking, as DJ Buffalo Bill will spin rock & roll, alternative and electro. The cruise also covers its bases with the obligatory three-hour open bar and apps. Departs from Skyport Marina, E 23rd St at the East River (866-468-7619, rocksoff.com). 7pm, boards 6:30pm; $150, advance $125.

Shearwater and Clipper City
If you want to celebrate with a bang this year, kick it old school on a sailboat. These two schooners offer an open champagne bar and a sumptuous spread of barbecue, ribs, wings, "Texas Bottle Rockets" (jalapenos stuffed with blue crab), sides and more tasty grub to keep you going during each five-hour cruise. Shearwater: Departs from North Cove Marina, South End Avenue at Liberty Street (thenorthcove.com). 5:30pm; $450, children under 12 $350 * Clipper City: Departs from South Street Seaport, Pier 17, Fulton St at Water St (212-732-7678, southstreetseaport.com). 5:30pm; $350, children under 12 $275. * manhattanbysail.com

More cruises
* Freedom Cruises Dinner Cruise: Departs from Pier 7, 2100 Emmons Ave at Ford St, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (freedomofny.com). 5:30--11pm; $135.
* Classic Harbor Line: Departs from Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, Twelfth Ave at 23rd St (212-627-1825, sail-nyc.com). First sailing at 7:20pm; $275--$375.
* Spirit Cruises Dinner Cruise: Departs from Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, Twelfth Ave at 23rd St (866-483-3866, spiritofnewyork.com). 6--11pm; $349.94.
* World Yacht Dinner Cruise: Departs from Pier 81, W 41st St at the Hudson River (212-630-8100, worldyacht.com). 7--11pm; $350.
* Bateaux Dinner Cruise: Departs from Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, Twelfth Ave at 23rd St (866-817-3463, bateauxnewyork.com). 6--11pm; $375.90—$499.90.

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