The annual Macy’s fireworks show took place last night and as much as we’d like for the department store chain to alternate the display between the Hudson River and East River — so Brooklyn doesn’t get jerked every year — holding the spectacle on Manhattan’s West Side certainly has its perks, especially when your offices happen to be in Hell’s Kitchen. I took over 1500 exposures and composited all of them into 10 photos. Check back every Friday for a new photo essay.

Click through the photos above and check out this bonus time-lapse video of the entire show, boiled down to 59 seconds:

(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)