2013-07-03 / Front Page

NYPD 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 Queens North Borough Commander, Asst. 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 – this eliminating 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. Store officials said the fireworks display would eventually return to the East River but refused to say when that would happen.

Merchants along Vernon Boulevard and other sites near the Long Island Coty waterfront have continued to call on city officials for help to bring the fireworks display back to the East Side of Manhattan. Restaurants, bodegas and other businesses have reported a marked decrease in sales and income on July 4th since the fireworks were moved to the Hudson River.

Pizzuti is 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,” Pizutti said. “And have a happy and healthy holiday!”

On another July 4th holiday note, 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, officials said.

Under an order signed recently by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, anyone caught speaking on a cell phone or other electronic device, texting or reviewing messages is subject to a fine and five points off their driver’s license. The order stipulates that motorists caught holding a cell phone or other electronic device are subject to the same penalties, including the loss of 5 points from their license.

“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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