Say what you will about our Mayor Bill de Blasio, he said he would bring the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks back to the East River and he delivered. So suck it Jersey! Although being a dirty Jerzian by birth, I do feel a little bad.
Yesterday in a press conference on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, de Blasio said he was closing the deal he started last year as Public Advocate when he met with Macy's executives and begged them to bring the display back to the East River. As quoted by the New York Times, de Blasio said moving the celebration had been "a priority for our administration" mainly because "many more New Yorkers" could enjoy the show from various locations throughout the city.
For years Macy's threw off their fireworks in there straight up through 2009 when they were moved to the Hudson River to commemorate Henry Hudson's 400th anniversary of discovering the area. Well that party has lasted four years and deBlaz wanted them back toward his home borough. Also at the press conference was Macy's director of events, Amy Kule who said that this year's display will be bigger and better than previous years because they will be using the Brooklyn Bridge "as a canvas" for the show. Kule said "Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks are a one-of-a-kind spectacle that will once again inspire audiences nationwide as we illuminate the shores of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with stunning effects, color and sound." She also said that the displays migration may not be permanent citing that the show was first positioned on the Hudson near the Upper West Side back in 1958 and has "always been nomadic in nature."
Not that this will change anyone’s mind on the matter, but the FiveThirtyEight blog -- of Nate Silver and Obama 2012 fame -- agrees with the DOT’s conclusions about the Prospect Park West bike lane. This new analysis, which will not have any effect on any decision, comes two weeks before Seniors For Safety, Neighbors For Better Bike Lanes and their allies must convince a judge of their case’s validity. Because if stats that showed a decrease in number of accidents wasn’t enough to stop these people, why would an analysis about traffic flow make a difference?
Ok folks, interest in this chic, 1 bedroom apartment in a pre-war elevator building in N. Park Slope has been off the hook.
Phones are ringing non-stop, emails are flooding the broker's inbox, and in order to juggle it all, there will be one final open house, after which everyone can bring their best and final offers:
Weds, April 16 from 5pm - 6:30pm
925 UNION STREET, APT 4B
CROSS STREET: 8TH AVE
If you missed the standing room only open house last weekend, there's still time to get in on the action.
Just to refresh your memory, this apartment (and the interior designer who owns it) have been featured in a number of publications and blogs including Elle Decor, Time Out NY, The NY Times and HGTV.com.
With a fantastic layout and flow, this gem features endless upgrades such as carrara marble countertops, kitchen cabinets up to the ceiling, gleaming white floors, custom coat/utility closets, floor-to-ceiling his/hers closet in the bedroom, upgraded light fixtures and a sparkling new bathroom.
Aren't you too old for walk-ups? This pre-war building features an elevator, a live-in super and is just one short block from Prospect Park, the Food Coop and the Saturday Grand Army Plaza Farmer's Market. The B/Q and 2/3 trains are so close, you won't even have time to listen to one song on your iPhone before it's time to hop on the subway.
With very limited stock in Park Slope right now, you are not going to find a nicer one-bedroom on the market.
All photographs by William Brinson