2011-06-29 / Front Page

Police Reminder: No View Of July 4th Fireworks From LIC Waterfront

By Liz Goff

Queens police officials this week issued a reminder to the public that again this year there will be no view of the annual Macy’s fireworks display from sites along the East River in Long Island City.                         

NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North Commanding Officer Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti is advising local residents that the annual Macy’s July 4th fireworks extravaganza will take place again this year over the Hudson River. It willl not be possible to have any view of the fireworks from the Long Island City waterfront.

Macy’s officials moved the fireworks from the East River to the Hudson River in 2009 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the Hudson River. Officials said the fireworks display would eventually return to the East River but refused to say when. 

In past years, crowds gathered at piers, Gantry Park and other locations along the Long Island City waterfront for a bird’s-eye view of the fireworks This year, the fireworks will be set off from barges located between West 24th and 30th Streets in Manhattan on the Hudson River, completely removing any view from the Long Island City waterfront.

Officials at the 114th Precinct are also advising residents that the fireworks will not be visible from Roosevelt Island. Officials said the best viewing location would be from Manhattan’s West Side, as well as New Jersey.

114th Precinct police are urging area residents to stay safe and head to Astoria Park on June 30, where the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC) will present its 29th annual Independence Day Celebration, featuring a flag-waving musical performance and a spectacular fireworks display by the Grucci family. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. June 30 on the Astoria Park Lawn at Shore Boulevard, between the Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool.

For more information on the Astoria Park fireworks display, call CALDC at 718-728-7820.

Pizzuti is also urging area residents to stay away from illegal fireworks that can maim or kill. “Leave the fireworks to the experts,” Pizzuti said. “Fireworks are explosive devices that, in the wrong hands can lead to deadly consequences. Use common sense when planning your July 4th celebration and have a happy and healthy holiday!”

 On another pertinent topic, officials at the 114th Precinct last week warned motorists not to drink and drive over the July 4th holiday weekend.

Police at the Astoria Boulevard stationhouse are joining forces with officers from the Patrol Borough Queens North Task Force in a series of “Zero Tolerance” traffic checkpoints located within the confines of the 114th Precinct, officials said. Anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while talking or texting on a cell phone or other electronic device will be arrested and put through the system.

 

“If you get behind the wheel impaired by alcohol, be prepared to spend some time behind bars,” officials said. “Anyone arrested for drunk driving or another offense will have to wait behind bars to see a judge for disposition of his or her case.”

 

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