Tonight’s Fireworks Courtesy Of…

The explosions outside your window tonight are courtesy of the 24th Annual Deepavali Festival.
[via Newyorkology]

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  • T.K. Small

    Homer, you beat me to the punch!

  • San

    Wow! Incredible dispay!

  • AEB

    Fall. Sunday, Dinner time. Why O why?

  • Alana

    they were beautiful

  • Topham Beauclerk

    Sunday’s peace is disturbed in celebration of South Asian gods?

  • Maestro

    Again, they were unacceptably LOUD. Windows were rattling. There were kids in the building who got scared and started to cry.

  • Tony

    All I could think of the whole time was Dresden …

  • Villager

    Ok, this time I will join the chorus of those who wish to silence the whiners (yes, last time I was in the other camp, but that was 9:30pm on a school nite).
    This was at a reasonable hour (albeit on a school nite) and they were nice. The last time I checked, fireworks, by their nature, are loud.
    If you’re going to complain about fireworks at 7:30pm, then you really must be a grouch.

  • Meryl Blackman

    It would be so nice to get a heads up the day before fireworks….(maybe the blog had one, I don’t know). I would like not to be caught outside at that time with my dog.,as she gets very frightened. If I had notice, I would plan to be home with her with some nice calming music turned up loud.

  • Master Of Middagh

    I often don’t bother to go and look, but I had friend over, so we went up to the roof- and it was pretty awesome and magical.

    The people who have a problem with the noise? You might not like being asked to move somewhere else if you’ve got a thing against fireworks outside your home, but I really don’t see things changing any time in the near future. Just don’t move to Disney World, ’cause you’re gonna have the same problem there…

  • harumph

    I agree with @Villager – last night’s were short, not overly loud and much earlier – can clearly deal with that!

  • nabeguy

    I did post this last week, just so you’d have a heads up.

  • Maestro

    You go to an amusement park FOR the fireworks. Again, windows rattling, children crying!

  • Knight

    I thought you went to an amusement park for the rides.

  • AEB

    You’ve seen one fireworks display, you’ve seen them all, Really. Except you get lots of really loud noise that’s scary every time anew.

    My suggestion: do silent fireworks and pass out earphones so people who care to can plug into them and get all the noise they apparently enjoy.

    Bah! Humbug!

  • Master Of Middagh

    It is true that “you go to an amusement park FOR the fireworks.”, but you don’t come to the big city for peace and quiet and a good night’s sleep every night.

    There are compromises to where we choose to live. I could move to Disney World for the fireworks, but then I’d have to put up with the creepy mascots- and you wouldn’t believe how much the buckwheat pancakes cost there!

  • weegee

    I grew up in this neighborhood, and don’t recall being frightened-to-tears by fireworks as a child. Rather, I recall worrying that my parents couldn’t walk with me fast enough to the Promenade to catch them before they were over.

  • David on Middagh

    Unfortunately, what AEB says is almost true (seen one display, seen ’em all). I like a slower pace, one that allows a complete appreciation of the current night flower, if you will, and anticipation of the next rocket. The fast-paced, always-overlapping shelling doesn’t leave much room for art.

    After most fireworks displays, you feel like you’ve just watched a trailer to an action-adventure movie.

  • Knight

    David, I like your analogy but I thought that was the real purpose of the fireworks … to invigorate the spirit much the same way as an action movie trailer would. On July 4th we’re chanelling the revolutionary spirit. In the Diwali festival we’re celebrating the triumph of good over evil. They’re meant to raise passion through the senses of sight & sound more than to be passive like art.

  • DrewB

    I agree if you’re gonna complain about fireworks at 7:30 on a Sunday, you need to examine your desire to live in a city. Maybe your children would prefer the peace and quiet of the suburbs. I live in a building full of kids and most of them were running up the stairs to see the display. It’s fireworks, not the end of the world. Geez!

  • Maestro

    Master of Middagh – good one!
    Weegee – then you were obviously old enough to walk to the promenade and not the tendar age of the children who were startled and frightened in our building. Just too close and too loud.

  • bornhere

    It always comes down to parenting: when my son was 4 months old, his dad and I took him to his first Fourth of July at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. He slept through the event. Sometimes, if parents are more “take it in stride,” it helps kids … take it in stride.

    I also think that thunder storms are louder and more dramatic than any pyrotechnics. In some situations, I think it is really best to let the little ones embrace the drama, as long as it will likely do no harm.

    And this is coming from a parent so engaged, I have been told I have bypassed “helicoptering” and moved directly to “stalking.”

  • Maestro

    Some kids sleep, some don’t. Still too close and too loud.