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Hot Dogs and Sparklers Are For Basics: Here’s What’s Really Poppin’ on the 4th

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Fireworks over the Manhattan Bridge, at The Bean on Second Avenue. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Because the your pyrotechnic fun on this most sacred day, arguably defying the founding fathers’ true intentions, please be advised it’s probably best to toss out your mortars and Roman Candles if you’re sticking around this crock-pot of a city for the weekend. But buck up kiddies, because we’ve got an ultra-Patriotic guide for this 4th of July featuring tons of activities that are almost as exhilarating as narrowly escaping having your hand blown off by a defective firecracker.
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‘People Loved It Loud’: Rockers Recall Academy of Music and Palladium


(Photo: the private collections of Jason Knox and Harold C. Black)

Built as a movie palace in 1927, the Academy of Music on East 14th Street, at Third Avenue, was a place where Lower East Siders would watch first-run features in grand style. Promoter Sid Bernstein, who brought the Beatles to America, understood the 3,000-seat hall’s potential: in the mid-1960s, he regularly booked British Invasion bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and Herman’s Hermits there. Manfred Mann, on the charts with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” would share a bill with the Exciters, the American group that first recorded the tune to little notice.
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