Brooklyn snubbed again for Fourth of July fireworks

May 28, 2013 Denise Romano
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Brooklyn has been snubbed yet again.

For the fifth year in a row, the Fourth of July Macy’s firework display will take place over the Hudson River, which will wow viewers from Manhattan and New Jersey – but not the borough of churches.

According to Orlando Veras, media relations manager of events and special campaigns for Macy’s, there are “many factors” that go into deciding the location of the show.

“Each year everything changes, the regulations, size and scale of the show, safety requirements and the city’s resources,” he explained. “All of those things have to align for a location to be chosen. This year, it was the Hudson River.”

Whatever the reason is, Ridgeites were not pleased. Thousands used to flock to Shore Road, the 69th Street Pier or to the waterway near the Narrows to see the spectacular display from the East River.

“I’m not happy,” said Carlos J. “I can’t see it on the Brooklyn Bridge or other sites in Brooklyn.”

Maria Corrier concurred. “It should be accessible for everyone,” she said.

But it seems as if some residents are already used to being looked over.

“Lots of things are bad nowadays. The economy is bad. The environment is bad,” said Helene Magilligan.  “So it’s not a big deal that we don’t have fireworks near here.”

                “It doesn’t really matter,” commented Carolyn Horsam. “If it is held over the East River, it will also be crowded.”

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