This year I was able to shoot the fireworks from Pier 84 around 44th street on the west side.
I was a bit north of the barges but the view facing south was very nice on a hot summer night.
As usual the Macy's display did not disappoint. Shooting fireworks is not really difficult once you set the camera on a tripod. Most of my exposures were made around 15 seconds at F/22. I would wait for the bursts to reach a full effect and expose, cover the lens for a couple seconds and wait for the next burst. The reason I cover the lens in between is that I've seen the constant exposure shots show more of the smoke and fog. Some choose to do faster exposures to freeze them - but I tried to get a nice bouquet and blur.