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The Weekend It List

Your time off is precious.

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The city's sky will light up in sparkling
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The city's sky will light up in sparkling splendor on Thursday at the 43rd annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, launching from the Brooklyn Bridge and nearby barges.

The dazzling spectacular promises to be an "emotional" one, exploding more than 70,000 shells to a score inspired by American cinema, according to Susan Tercero, vice president and executive producer for Macy's Branded Entertainment. 

"Fireworks have small moments and big moments and part of telling the story through fireworks is music," Tercero says. "Music is a universal language and fireworks are as well, so marrying the two ... brings in more memories and a unique emotional feeling."

"My Church" singer Maren Morris, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Khalid kick things off in a two-hour special on NBC before the literal spaks fly. If you don't have cable, you can stream it.

If you're planning to watch from the banks of the East River, our recommendations include Brooklyn's Domino Park, the East River Esplanade in lower Manhattan and WNYC Transmitter Park in Greenpoint.

Wherever you go, get there early because crowds are expected to take over every inch of public land. But if that isn't your idea of fun, there is no shortage of parties taking place on the rooftops and gardens of city bars and restaurants, including Social Drink & Food, 101 Bedford, Summerly and Rooftop Reds.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Even if you don't always watch the annual
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Even if you don't always watch the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, you likely know the names Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut. The rivalry between the most notable competitive eaters of the century, and the history of the sport itself, which is at the center of the latest ESPN "30 for 30" documentary, "The Good, The Bad, The Hungry." 

Consider streaming the doc on ESPN for an inside look at the competition before Chestnut sets out to defend his crown once again during Thursday's Coney Island event. 

"Nobody has ever pushed themselves quite like me," says the 35-year-old champ who chomped 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in 2018. This year, he's looking to break his own world record. "Seventy-five is looking very doable," he adds.

If the doc intrigues you enough, the Fourth of July event that has been held since Nathan's Famous opened on Coney Island in 1916 will also be available for streaming on WatchESPN or the WatchESPN app. The chow-down begins at 10:45 a.m.

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With Sunday's Women's World Cup final comes questions:
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With Sunday's Women's World Cup final come questions: Will U.S. star Megan Rapinoe play? Will Alex Morgan have another viral moment like her tea-sipping taunt? Will the U.S. women take home their fourth World Cup? Who knows, but luckily, the question of where to watch the women compete has definitive answers.

Bars and restaurants across the city are opening their doors for the 11 a.m. final after the women's 2-1 victory over England on Tuesday. In Manhattan, check out Mustang Harry's in midtown, where you're not likely to miss a moment due to the dozens of TVs throughout its two floors. If the weather is nice, you can root al fresco at The Wilson's front patio, with the game on an 80-inch screen. Or day drink at Boulton & Watt, which features $12 specialty World Cup cocktails. 

In Brooklyn, try Nowadays, where you can relax in a backyard hammock once the action is over. And while Germany's national team may have been knocked out in the quarterfinals, you can still celebrate like a German at Black Forest Brooklyn. 

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Spending time at the South Street Seaport can
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Spending time at the South Street Seaport can really put the wind back in your sails. Its waterfront is breathtaking, its ships are impressive, and its shopping and dining scenes are buzzing.

As one of the oldest commercial spots in Manhattan, the South Street Seaport has a 400-year history, and while it's seen ups and downs, things are currently flowing. Pier 17 provides a big draw, with a rooftop concert venue and a new seafood restaurant by Jean George Vongerichten, both worth checking out.

With new additions to the area, it might be hard to navigate your way around without missing the good stuff, like the Brazilian coffee shop Cafe Patoro, the Bowne & Co. printers or shopping at Lee Lee's Forest, so we put together a guide on how to spend your day there. So, as they (and, apparently, we) say, anchors aweigh!

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Say you're having one of those days. The
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Say you're having one of those days. The job is stressing you out, ye olde immune system is ebbing, the weather just, well, won't cooperate. So naturally you do what so many of us do: turn to ice cream.

Enter a LES shop that crafts treats aimed at offering more than cold, sweet comfort.

Now in its first summer of serving "ice cream with purpose," Bive incorporates ingredients beyond the usual. Take Soothe Me Up, a flavor made with toasted coconut, almond milk, dark chocolate chips, vanilla and coconut cream -- and valerian root.

"Valerian targets your nervous system, so a lot of people who have insomnia or are having a stressed day, it might take a little bit more time, but they start feeling it," says Bive founder Carla Noboa, who sports dual degrees in nutrition and business.

The health-mindedness extends to a selection of mostly vegan flavors, and gluten-free cones from Brooklyn's own The Konery. And certainly eating a serving of Keep Me Strong, with echinacea and soursop for an immunity bump, before your next visit to the niece and nephew couldn't hurt, right?


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