July 4th fireworks

July 4th Fireworks last year from Waterside Plaza (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

The Macy’s fireworks celebration for the July 4th holiday will originate from four barges south of the Brooklyn Bridge, from Pier 17 to the Manhattan Heliport, between 9:25 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. Subways will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be increased subway service on the 4, 5 A, C, F and S 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the fireworks. There will also be firework shows around 9:25 p.m. at Exchange Place, Jersey City, and around 9:45 p.m. in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Where to view the July 4th fireworks

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This year’s display will have the biggest selection of fireworks since 2000. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

With the mercury expected to rise into the high 80s for the next few days, the July 4th holiday is looking to be a scorcher, but at least residents on the East Side will be getting a good view of the annual fireworks display.

Fireworks will be shot off from seven barges in the East River for a 25-minute show beginning at 9:30 p.m. The 42nd annual celebration will feature a score performed by the West Point Band and in honor of the 100th anniversary of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” pop star Kelly Clarkson will perform the song at the climax of the fireworks display. The West Point Glee Club as well as the band will accompany Clarkson’s performance.

The score for the fireworks will also include the national anthem and in honor of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, a medley of his classical music compositions, performed by the glee club and band. The performances will be on NBC starting at 8 p.m. and will only be viewable by the public through the broadcast, but the music will be audible for spectators watching the fireworks.

The fireworks performance this year includes more than 75,000 shells, making it the largest display since the millennial celebration in 2000.

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Fireworks and a message of unity on July 4th

Fireworks on the East River (Photo by Edward O’Rourke)

By Sabina Mollot

On July 4, thousands gathered at Waterside Plaza to view the fireworks from windows as well as outdoor areas on the complex. This year, with the barges centered solely on the East River from 24th to 41st Streets, the complex got an even more enviable viewpoint than usual. The roughly 25-minute display sponsored by Macy’s showcased 2,200 effects per minute from each of the five barges.

The event even drew a visit from Mayor Bill de Blasio who stopped by before the fireworks to discuss immigrant rights on Independence Day. He spoke about the travel ban and how if people are feeling disenfranchised by the Trump administration, they could fight back by remembering that New York is an immigrant-friendly place.

De Blasio, who began by saying it was his first time visiting Waterside, called it “pretty amazing. I’m seeing everything good about New York City in one place.”

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Sex offender busted at 30th St. shelter, man stopped from stealing ice cream bites into officer



Police arrested 25-year-old Dashawn Johnson inside the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for an unclassified felony after he failed to register a change of address with the sex offender monitoring unit. Police said that Johnson is a level 2 sex offender after being convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree on March 6, 2007. After he was notified of his duties in 2010 and 2015, he allegedly failed to notify authorities of a change of address within 10 days as required by law. Police said that Johnson has a previous conviction for failure to register on April 25, 2016 in Kings County.



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Q train suspect

Police are looking for a man who allegedly pulled a knife on fellow straphangers on the Q train and waved it around in a threatening manner last Thursday. A 49-year-old woman told police that while she was riding a downtown Q from Union Square at 9:05 a.m. when she saw the man waving a knife and making threats to passengers. The man left the train at Canal Street and fled in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a 30-year-old black man, 6’0″ tall, 180 lbs. with a bald head and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, gray jogging pants and black sneakers.


Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are kept strictly confidential.


Thirty-year-old Thomas McKnight was arrested for robbery last Friday after trying to make off with some ice cream from the Duane Reade at 777 Sixth Avenue. Police said that McKnight took ice cream out of the freezer and put it into his shorts without paying for it. When he passed the register and attempted to leave the store, a loss prevention officer attempted to stop him, at which point McKnight allegedly punched the officer in the face, causing swelling and a scratch to his cheek. Police said that McKnight also bit the officer on the arm, causing a red mark, and allegedly stomped on the officer’s cell phone, causing it to break. McKnight was also charged with petit larceny, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.



Police arrested 32-year-old Joshua Hernandez for reckless endangerment and possession of fireworks on Independence Day last Monday at 10:05 p.m. inside 275 First Avenue. Police were conducting a floor-by-floor search at the building across from Stuyvesant Town because lit fireworks had been thrown onto the street and in one instance hit a passerby. Hernandez was allegedly on the building’s rooftop with a belt of fireworks and a green torch lighter. Police said he was also allegedly in possession of additional fireworks that were in his pants pocket and a transparent bag containing additional fireworks was found behind him.


Police arrested 22-year-old Shaquille King and a teenager for petit larceny in front of the Senton Hotel at 39 West 27th Street on Independence Day last Monday at 6:26 a.m. King and the teen allegedly entered the front passenger’s side and on the back driver’s side of a car. Police said that the car was unlocked but the doors were closed. The victim said he wasn’t sure if property was taken from the car, but King and the teen allegedly went into another car on the driver’s side and passenger’s side. Police said that a witness has video of the incident and saw the car break-in happen. King and the teen allegedly fled east on 27th Street before they were arrested. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.


Police arrested 26-year-old Jonathan Kwok inside the 13th Precinct last Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. for leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury. Police said that Kwok hit the victim with his cab at West 21st and Sixth Avenue on May 21, causing pain to the victim’s hip and leg. Kwok allegedly drove off before police arrived at the scene.


Police arrested 41-year-old Valencia Parrish for petit larceny inside the Duane Reade at 401 Park Avenue South last Wednesday at 11:07 a.m. The store manager told police that he noticed Parrish’s cash register was short on June 15 at the end of her shift and subsequently realized that her register had been short on other shifts of hers as well. He started watching her on video surveillance last Tuesday. Around 8:44 a.m. that day, he saw Parrish receive payment for store items and she allegedly kept the cash in her right hand while giving the customer change. After the customer left the store, Parrish allegedly put the money inside her shirt near her neck. The manager said that Parrish could be seen on video surveillance taking cash on a number of different occasions.



Police arrested 32-year-old Brian Miller for criminal mischief and criminal trespass in front of 15 East 21st Street last Wednesday at 2:28 p.m. The building manager of 15 East 21st Street told police that he went to check on an apartment in the building that is currently vacant and Miller was allegedly inside the apartment without permission. Police said that Miller fled out of an apartment window down the fire escape and was stopped down the block. The building manager said that there was also damage to a ladder that was inside the apartment.



Police arrested 35-year-old Dustin Robinson inside L&W Oyster Co. at 254 Fifth Avenue last Tuesday at 5:07 p.m. for petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Robinson allegedly took money from the victim’s bag that was inside the location. The victim said that he put a camera in the office because money had gone missing after Robinson was hired the previous Saturday.



Police arrested 23-year-old Ayanna Hull for assault and harassment at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Hull allegedly punched and scratched the victim, causing bruising and cuts to her neck and chest. Police said that the argument was the result of a dispute over a backpack.


Police arrested 37-year-old Nathan Pickett for allegedly swiping multiple paintings from the WeWork office at 115 West 18th Street. Police said that Pickett entered the location last Thursday at 10:03 a.m. using his passcard on his day off.

Letters to the Editor, July 7

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Zero % increase for stabilized tenants

To the Editor:

I’ve been listening to several of my neighbors, all rent stabilized, and something doesn’t add up.

We’ve had three apartments in and out over the last several years. My current neighbors, finishing up their lease, pay twice as much as me.  Once they’re gone, the new occupant(s) may pay closer to three times as much as me.

And who would argue that this increase per apartment isn’t happening on every floor of every building in both Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village?

Now, if you take the average age of all the rent stabilized tenants, it’s got to be closer to 80 than 60. So given that management is making such an enormous vig on all of the many new tenants, why wouldn’t the stabilized tenants be stabilized at their rents permanently? Management isn’t going to buy them out.

There’s no other stabilized housing in the city where half of the stock is luxury at unlimited turnover at unregulated increases.

Rentals to new tenants is tantamount to scooping up money with both hands. Raises to stabilized guidelines is tantamount to picking up bottles for their return deposits.

Zero increase for the lifetime of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village’s stabilized tenants.

Billy Sternberg, ST

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July 4th fireworks go on, despite rain


Fireworks as seen at Waterside Plaza (Photo by Edward O’Rourke)

By Sabina Mollot

On Monday, July 4th, New York City’s annual fireworks show dazzled viewers along The East River as Macy’s also celebrated its 40th anniversary of putting on the skyward display. This year, four fireworks barges were positioned between 23rd and 37th Streets with another double barge downtown. Despite on and off rain which turned into a downpour not long before the show began at around 9:30 p.m. the crowds came out, though their numbers were rivaled by all the police officers patrolling along the East Side. At Waterside Plaza, where residents get a front row seat to the spectacle, over a thousand people lined up outside to watch. The property, where holiday festivities also took place outdoors on the plaza, was sealed on Monday other than to residents and their guests. Many more spectators, despite the weather, gathered alongside the car-free FDR Drive for a still closeup view.

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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.

Police Watch: Closet-hiding ‘burglar’ arrested, Subway grinder busted in Union Square

Office burglary suspect Phoenix Goines

Office burglary suspect Phoenix Goines

Police have arrested the man reportedly responsible for tricking a building security guard into letting him charge his phone when he was really biding his time until employees went home to steal a number of laptops from a Chelsea office at the end of April. The incident took place on April 22 around 6:09 p.m. when Phoenix Goines, 33, entered the offices of Gravity Advertising at 114 West 26th Street and allegedly swiped a bunch of laptops.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney of the 13th Precinct originally reported the incident at a community council meeting in April and at the time, expressed shock that the guard in the building didn’t call the police when the unfamiliar man entered the building.
Before the theft took place, the guard found Goines allegedly hiding inside a closet where the suspect allegedly said he was looking for somewhere to charge his phone. Instead of escorting him out of the building or alerting the authorities, the guard showed him where he could plug the device in and allowed Goines to go back to the office, where he waited until the employees left and then allegedly snatched the laptops.
Police said that Goines left prints at the location and there was a positive print hit on his name, leading to his arrest.

Police arrested 32-year-old Jermaine Hampton for sexual abuse inside the Union Square subway station at Union Square East and East 14th Street last Tuesday at 7:04 p.m. Hampton was allegedly rubbing his groin on a woman’s buttocks. While police were interviewing the victim, a second woman said that Hampton had also groped her. Neither of the women knew Hampton.

Police arrested 27-year-old Jamaal Green for grand larceny inside 321 East 25th Street last Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. Police said that Green was arrested under an indictment from 2014 to 2015 because he allegedly schemed to defraud victims and worked with others who were arrested, using the personal information of victims to make fraudulent purchases.

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Local bird’s-eye 4th of July

Fireworks, as seen from Waterside, lit up the night on July 4th. (Photo by Tobias Batz)

Fireworks, as seen from Waterside, lit up the night on July 4th. (Photo by Tobias Batz)

By Sabina Mollot

On Saturday, July 4th, with four of Macy’s barges lined up from 23rd to 37th Streets over the East River, residents at Waterside Plaza enjoyed a particularly enviable view of the fireworks this year.

Throughout the evening, with access limited to residents and their guests, between 5,000 and 6,000 people lined up along the outdoor plaza.

Thousands more lined up just north of Waterside’s towers along the car-free FDR Drive. Another fireworks display took place further downtown near the Brooklyn Bridge. Before the sky filled with the familiar flash and boom though, at Waterside, festivities also included a barbecue on the plaza for residents and various kids’ activities.

During this time, Town & Village spoke with residents to ask about what July 4th has been like there over the years.

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Fireworks viewing spots, street closures on July 4th

(Photo by Sabina Mollot)

(Photo by Sabina Mollot)

With the July 4th Macy’s fireworks show on the East Side this year, it may be viewed in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River.

The public viewing sections for Manhattan will be the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:

From Houston Street to midtown: Houston Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street and 42nd Street.

From Lower Manhattan: Broad Street ground level, Old Slip upper level, Pearl and Frankfort.

ADA /Special Needs Viewing Area:

FDR Drive southbound lane at 16th Street and Avenue C or 34th Street (top of ramp) and Vietnam Memorial Park

Stuy Town and Waterside alerts:

Waterside Plaza will be holding a party that’s closed to anyone who isn’t a resident or a guest with a wristband. Wristband access only times are 12 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Deadline to register for wristbands is 2 p.m. on July 2.

Additionally, the NYPD will be closing streets to traffic around Stuyvesant Town. CompassRock issued a notice to tenants saying 14th, 20th and 23rd Streets from First Avenue to Avenue C will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 p.m. to midnight. Peter Cooper Road and Stuy Town’s Loop Roads will also be closed from 6 p.m. to midnight. Avenue C and the FDR Drive will also be closed from 5 p.m. to midnight. During this time, entrances to Stuy Town will be staffed by Public Safety officers so residents will need to have their ID ready. Gates to Peter Cooper entrances will also be closed from 6 p.m. to midnight but Public Safety officers will be on hand to allow residents access. Guests of residents will be asked which residents and apartments they are visiting. Garages will be inaccessible from 5 p.m. to midnight and playgrounds will be closed at 6 p.m.

UPDATE: We didn’t hear from anyone in time to include this in this week’s issue of Town & Village, but Stuyvesant Cove Park will also be closed during the fireworks, according to a Solar 1 staffer, except for a ticketed event held by Zum Schneider at the north end of the park.

Police Watch: Man wanted for bank robbery, Rangers fan gets scammed


Robbery suspect

Robbery suspect

Police are looking for a man they believe robbed a bank in the 13th Precinct.
The man allegedly entered the HSBC Bank located at 101 West 14th Street last Tuesday around 3:35 p.m. and passed a note demanding cash to a teller. He then fled the bank with $1267 inside of a manila envelope, police said. There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.
The suspect is a white man who is approximately 50-60 years old, 5’8”, 160 lbs and was last seen wearing a burgundy button down shirt, gray t-shirt, jeans and black and gray sneakers and he was seen carrying a manila envelope.
Anyone with information in regards to this bank robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

No arrests have been made in a case of reckless endangerment that occurred in front of the Coffee Shop at 29 Union Square West last Wednesday at 1:20 a.m. Victims told police that they were eating at the Coffee Shop in the sidewalk seating area when an unknown person threw fireworks under the table, causing alarm and burn marks on their clothing. After throwing the fireworks, the person fled south on Union Square West on a bicycle.

A 27-year-old resident of 310 First Avenue reported on Monday at 4 p.m. that her identity had been stolen. She told police that she got an email from her credit card company stating that there was unusual activity on her card, regarding charges at Home Depot and Walgreens, totaling $750.77. The victim said that she didn’t authorize those transactions and she was still in possession of the card. All the charges were made in New Jersey beginning on Saturday, May 24.

A 27-year-old woman reported that her car was damaged while she was driving at the northeast corner of Park Avenue South and East 18th Street. She told police that she was driving north on Park Avenue South when a man on a bike started punching her mirror. The man then broke the mirror and fled.

Police arrested 29-year-old Sidney Aime for criminal obstruction of breath at the Union Square subway station last Sunday at 2:30 a.m. The victim told police that she was arguing with Aime on the L platform in the station and Aime then allegedly choked her, cutting off her breathing. She didn’t sustain any injuries from the incident.

A man reported that he was the victim of fraudulent accosting last Thursday at 5:20 p.m. at the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 25th Street. He told police that he found an ad on Craigslist to purchase Rangers tickets for the game on May 29.
He got in touch with the person in the ad via text message. The victim made arrangements to meet the man at the corner of West 25th Street and Lexington Avenue and the man gave him two tickets through the victim’s car window and the victim paid $650 in cash. The man told him during the transaction that he worked at the NBA store in Manhattan. When the victim attempted to enter Madison Square Garden with the tickets, he found that they were counterfeit.

A 79-year-old woman reported that she was harassed last Friday at 12:30 p.m. in front of 204 East 23rd Street. She told police that a 61-year-old man hit her in the arm after a minor argument. She said that the incident shook her up and she fears for her safety, and told police that the man involved is her neighbor.

A delivery person for the Four Seasons Cafe told police that money and food was stolen from him inside 61 West 23rd Street last Friday at 3:20 p.m. He told police that he went to the lobby to deliver food. An unknown person accepted the food order and also had the delivery person give him $76 and said that he needed the money and would return with change. The man then went upstairs to an unknown floor and never returned with the food or money.

A 21-year-old woman reported that her phone was stolen while she was working in the Ann Taylor at 149 Fifth Avenue last Friday. She told police that she was in possession of the phone when she went in around 2 p.m. and she left the phone in her purse in the employee offices. She returned to work and when she went to retrieve the phone around 3 p.m., her phone wasn’t there. No surveillance video was available.

A 38-year-old woman told police that she realized that her bracelet had been stolen from her apartment at 242 East 25th Street last Thursday around 7 p.m. She said that she is in the process of moving and the movers have been in and out of the apartment, as well as real estate agents. She said that she is sure the bracelet was in a box in her bedroom. She also has insurance on the bracelet, which is worth $500.

A 33-year-old man reported that his car was damaged after he parked it in front of 520 East 20th Street last Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. He told police that he returned that evening around 12:30 a.m. and he saw that his car had been hit by another vehicle, causing damage to both passenger’s side doors.


Kessiah White

Kessiah White

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in finding the following missing person who resides within the confines of the 13th Precinct. Kessiah White was last seen leaving her residence in the ACS Facility at 492 First Avenue on Wednesday, May 21 at 12:47 a.m. She is a 13-year-old girl, 5’3” and 112 lbs. Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are strictly confidential.

A 16-year-old girl was arrested inside the Good Shepherd Services at 337 East 17th Street last Tuesday at 10:29 p.m. for inciting a riot. The girl intentionally reported a false alarm by pulling the fire alarm box on the fourth floor, causing a condition that endangered the safety of the others in the building. During the same incident, she also intentionally broke two fire extinguisher cabinets on the fourth floor. The fire department responded and the building was evacuated.

Police arrested 30-year-old Yeon Shin for strangulation inside Bellevue at 462 First Avenue last Wednesday at 4:38 p.m. Shin allegedly placed a homeless man in a choke hold for no apparent reason, cutting off blood flow and oxygen and causing the man to lose consciousness. The victim also had a small cut above his left eye.

A 46-year-old woman reported that her car was broken into after she parked it in front of 225 East 26th Street last Monday at 9:30 p.m. She said that she returned the next day at 7 a.m. and found that the driver’s side rear window was broken and her GPS had been stolen from her glove compartment. Blood was also found inside the car.

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy for grand larceny of a Citibike last Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. in front of 541 Sixth Avenue. Police saw the boy showing the bike to his friends and when he approached him, the boy said, “I took it out of the rack around the block.” The bike belonged to the New York City Bike Share program and the officer discovered that the boy did not belong to the program. The bike is valued at $1,200.