Where to view the fireworks

This July 4th, New York City will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the fireworks shows sponsored by Macy’s. The displays usually begin after 9 p.m. and this year, there are a handful of public viewing spots in Manhattan. Getting there much earlier is recommended to claim a spot and also because streets can be closed down later by the NYPD.

Barges will be located at the Brooklyn Bridge as well as four spots between 18th and 34th Streets, according to Macy’s online viewing map.

Public viewing spots in Manhattan are at: Broad Street, Upper Level; Old Slip, Upper Level; Frankfront and Pearl Streets; FDR and Houston Street, FDR and 23rd Street, FDR and 34th Street and FDR at 42nd Street. ADA/special needs accessible viewing areas will be at 18th Street and Avenue C and 34th Street and the FDR Drive.

Waterside Plaza will be hosting a party for residents outside on the Plaza and Stuyvesant Town will also have a viewing party via livestream for residents on the Oval from 7-9:45 p.m.

Treasury dept. phone scammer threatens T&V editor with jail

By Sabina Mollot

Scam callers purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service or the U.S. Department of the Treasury have been duping people around the country in increasing numbers by threatening them with lawsuits, liens and even arrest, as Town & Village has previously reported this year. Our coverage was after waves of calls targeted the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village neighborhoods, the caller consistently leaving a cryptic message in a robotic voice, demanding call backs — or else.

But now, there appears to be a slight variation in tactics.

Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association President Susan Steinberg, who was one of the targets threatened with arrest in a Department of the Treasury Scam a few months back (she didn’t call back), told T&V on Friday, June 24, she got a similar call. Like the earlier one, the caller claimed an enforcement action before the United States Treasury. But this time, there was a real person’s voice on the other end, supposedly belonging to someone named Kevin Mason. His number was 914-373-7079 and his last sentence before ending the call was “Call us back and help us help you.” (Again, Steinberg didn’t call this number.)

T&V’s editor, the author of this article, did call back the number, however, and was promptly threatened with five years in the big house by “Jordan Smith.”

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