The Best Fireworks in NYC Might be This Beloved Illegal Display

By Alissa Walker on at

America's Independence Day might have seen big, corporate-sponsored firework display in New York City, but the most entertaining show might be found in a neighbourhood on the far northwestern tip of Manhattan. A documentary has been made to capture this dramatic display that pits block against block in the ultimate pyrotechnic spitting match. And some people say Americans don't go over the top.

The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co. is a 17-minute short film directed by Jonathan Ullman that infiltrates this renegade urban spectacle. Starting with the animated shit-talking between residents, the evening dissolves into a deliciously hazy melee of handcrafted explosives surreptitiously placed on streets as police cars make laps to keep the peace (yeah, right). As a woman declares at the beginning of the film: It's just as good as anything downtown—and maybe better. [The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.]