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Start Planning Where You Are Going to Watch The Macy’s Fireworks

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4th of July Fireworks

Mayor Bill de Blasio has always wanted the Macy’s Fireworks closer to Brooklyn and this year he got his way… again. I was on a boat in 2014, close to the fireworks and getting there and getting home was a nightmare. Everything is closed and diverted.

Four barges in the river will fire off pyrotechnics, and the Brooklyn Bridge will be a major part of the 25-minute display.

With all of those people crowding either side of the East River—the prime viewing spots are in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights, and Dumbo. The NYPD has announced its list of street closures for the fireworks, and expect parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn—including big chunks of the FDR Drive and Flatbush Avenue—to be shut down.

Manhattan:

  • All streets included in the area bounded by Grand Street, Catherine Street/Slip, South Street/FDR Drive, East Broadway
  • Allen Street between Division Street and Canal Street
  • Battery Place between State Street and West Street
  • Beekman Street between Pearl Street and South Street
  • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Dover Street between Pearl Street and South Street
  • FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and Delancey Street (including exit/entrance ramps)
  • Frankfort Street between Gold Street and Pearl Street
  • Front Street between Old Slip and Dover Street
  • Fulton Street between South Street and Gold Street
  • Gold Street between Fulton Street and Frankfort Street
  • Gouverneur Lane between Water Street and South Street
  • John Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Little Water Street between Fulton Street and Beekman Street
  • Maiden Lane between Water Street and South Street
  • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
  • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and St. James Place
  • Peck Slip between Pearl Street and South Street
  • Pike Street between Division Street and East Broadway
  • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
  • South Street between Whitehall Street and Jackson Street
  • St. James Place between Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place and Oliver Street
  • State Street between Whitehall Street and Battery Place
  • Wall Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Dover Street
  • West Street between Battery Place and West Thames Street
  • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street

Brooklyn:

  • Adams Street between Tillary and Joralemon Streets
  • Adams Street between York Street and John Street
  • Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Flatbush Avenue
  • Beard Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets
  • Coffey Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
  • Columbia Street between Atlantic Avenue and Degraw Street
  • Conover Street between Pioneer Street and Dead End 
  • Degraw Street between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets
  • Dikeman Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
  • Ferries Street between King and Van Dyke Streets
  • Flatbush Avenue/Flatbush Avenue Extension between Tillary Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Front Street between Jay Street and Old Fulton Street
  • Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Hicks Street between Brooklyn Queens Expressway and Old Fulton Street
  • Imlay Street between Summit and Pioneer Street
  • Jay Street between York Street and Dead End
  • John Street between Jay Street and Adams Street
  • Joralemon Street between Furman Street and Adams Street
  • King Street between Conover and Ferries Streets
  • Main Street between Front Street and Plymouth Street
  • Montague Street between Court Street to Montague Terrace
  • Old Fulton Street between Cadman Plaza West and Furman Street
  • Old Fulton Street between Hicks and Furman Streets
  • Old Fulton Street/Cadman Plaza West/Court Street between Henry and Joralemon Streets
  • Pearl Street between York Street and John Street
  • Pioneer Street between Van Brunt and Conover Streets
  • Plymouth Street between Adams Street and Main Street
  • Reed Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets
  • Remsen Street between Court Street and Montague Terrace
  • Sullivan Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
  • Summit Street between Van Brunt and Imlay Streets
  • Tillary Street between Prince Street and Cadman Plaza West
  • Van Brunt Street between Degraw Street and Dead End
  • Van Dyke Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
  • Washington Street between York Street and Dead End
  • Wolcott Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End
  • Water Street between Adams Street and Old Fulton Street
  • York Street between Jay Street and Front Street

Additionally, the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed entirely starting at 2 p.m. on July 4 (it’ll open again after 1 a.m.), and the Manhattan Bridge will have intermittent closures throughout the day. In both boroughs, the closures are at the discretion of the NYPD, but expect them to begin sometime in the afternoon and last well after the fireworks end.

On Thursday, the subway will operate on a Saturday schedule, so you can expect service changes, particularly to the trains that stop near the prime fireworks viewing areas. Buses are also likely to be affected. The MTA has helpfully listed all of the planned changes here

Here are our suggestions for a great time.

Try heading to FDR Drive at Houston Street or at East River Park. There are lost of bars to cool down at

Go up to the One World Trade Center Observatory and see the spectacular display from above.

Just at the Manhattan waterfront, the East River Esplanade and Pier 15 offer great views of the East River as well as the Brooklyn Bridge (which has a grand display on its own).

Grand Ferry Park (1 Grand Street) has scenic Manhattan skyline views and a paved walking path down the waterfront. There is room for lawn chairs and picnic blankets, perfect for relaxing on the grass.

As for where to watch, any place with a clear view of the river (not as easy as it used to be) and there are five official elevated viewing spots on the FDR:

  • Broad Street & Water Street
  • Pearl Street & Dover Street
  • Robert F Wagner Sr. Place & St. James Place
  • Pearl Street & St. James Place
  • Montgomery & Cherry St.

You can also access the Lower Promenade with the following entry points: Pike Slip & Cherry Street, and Market Street & Cherry Street.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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NASCAR Driver Toni Breidinger Celebrates Raising Cane’s Grand Opening

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Start your engines and prepare for a flavor-filled pit stop at Raising Cane’s.

On July 23, NASCAR driver and Victoria’s Secret model Toni Breidinger celebrated the grand opening of Raising Cane’s in Daytona Beach, located a short drive from the legendary Daytona International Speedway. With service speeds that will rival that of the pit crews in the Daytona 500, Raising Cane’s is bringing its ONE LOVE® – craveable Chicken Finger meals – to NASCAR fans and beachgoers alike.

To celebrate the occasion, Raising Cane’s turned to none other than one of NASCAR’s leading ladies and the only Arab American female driver, Breidinger, to pump up the crowd of more than 500 people who were waving checkered flags as they patiently waited to get their hands on a Box Combo. Breidinger is no stranger to Daytona – or to Cane’s – having been featured in the brand’s “speed” campaign earlier this year and appeared at a variety of events through an ongoing partnership.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – JULY 23: NASCAR driver Toni Breidinger celebrates Raising Cane’s Daytona Beach Opening on July 23, 2024 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Raising Cane’s)

“People really underestimate the business aspect of driving. I wouldn’t be here without partnerships from brand like Raising Cane’s and Victoria’s Secret,” said Breidinger. “I’m so excited about this new location – I’m going to be here every day come January!”

The Restaurant, which pays homage to Daytona’s NASCAR roots, features local racing-themed décor, pit crew memorabilia, and Breidinger’s race suit. The Drive-Thru emulates a finish line, complete with a checkered flag as Customers drive off to enjoy their meal. The Daytona Beach location marks Raising Cane’s 16th location in Florida as the brand continues expanding within the state.

As a personal friend of Raising Cane’s owner and founder Todd Graves, Cane’s began sponsoring Breidinger’s races, where she could be seen driving a Cane’s-branded car and wearing the brand’s logo from head to toe. From there, the brand expanded the partnership to feature Breidinger within their Restaurants as part of a campaign focused on speed and accuracy – two things she excels at. Breidinger has been spotted at Raising Cane’s locations across the country working “shifts,” shooting commercials, and commemorating special moments, like the opening of the Daytona Beach location.

“Toni has been a great friend and partner to us, and I’m excited to continue cheering her on as she makes history as the first Arab American female driver in NASCAR,” said Graves. “She is such an inspiration to so many aspiring female athletes and is proof of what happens when you refuse to give up on a dream. I’m glad she could come out to Daytona today to celebrate this special opening – I look forward to seeing her here when she’s back in town for the Daytona 500.”

The restaurant will operate from 10 to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, with extended hours until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to fuel late-night Chicken Finger cravings.

 

 

Photo Credit: Raising Cane’s

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The Heart of Rock and Roll’s Huey Lewis Gets His Portrait On Sardi’s Wall

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Huey Lewis had the honor of being placed on the Sardi’s Walls of Broadway fame with his portrait at an unveiling by Max Klimavicius, owner of Sardi’s.

Huey Lewis Photos by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Max Klimavicius – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Max Klimavicius – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey was represented on Broadway this season with the musical Huey Lewis  but he also made his Broadaway acting debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2005 where the iconic Grammy Award wining rocker fell in love with the Broadway community.

Huey Lewis, Mike Baerga – Photo by Tricia Baron

Jonathan A. Abrams, Brian Usifer, Hunter Arnold, Huey Lewis – Photo by Tricia Baron

Brian Usifer, Huey Lewis – Photo by Tricia Baron

Many of The Heart of Rock and Roll’s creative and cast came out to congratulate him!

Lorin Latarro, Brian Usifer – Photo by Tricia Baron

Mike Baerga, Robin Masella, Huey Lewis, Autumn Guzzardi – Photo by Tricia Baron

Kayla Greenspan, Jonathan A. Abrams, Hunter Arnold – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Tamika Lawrence – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Ross Lekites – Photo by Tricia Baron

F. Michael Haynie, Huey Lewis – Photo by Tricia Baron

Autumn Guzzardi, Taylor Marie Daniel, Josh Breckenridge, Michael Olaribigbe – Photo by Tricia Baron

The Company of The Heart of Rock and Roll – Photo by Tricia Baron

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A Dazzling Summer with Paramount+ Movie Nights at Bryant Park

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The magic of cinema is sparkling in a dazzling way this season at the 31st season of summer movies in Bryant Park.

The Big Apple’s movie nights have returned for another sparkling year as was demonstrated on July 22 with a screening of “Cinema Paradiso” thanks to Paramount+.

On the night that showcased the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1990, thousands of guests gathered on the great lawn to watch the first foreign film screening in Bryant Park’s outdoor movie history. Some attendees brought picnic dishes will others indulged in delicious and scrumptious dishes and drinks from Stout NYC and Hester Street Fair.

Coming up next for cinema delivers to attend:

July 29 – “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”

August 5 – “Arrival”

August 12 – “Titanic”

Paramount+ Movie Nights at Bryant Park are supported by Vulture and HSS. Screenings are free to the public and the lawn opens at 5 pm with films beginning at 8 pm.

For more info, please visit HERE.

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The Glorious Corner

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Madonna; Jellybean and David Salidor

MADONNA’S BACK — (via Deadline) Madonna is teasing she is back working on her biopic and is titling it Who’s That Girl.

The singer shared a social media post where she is seen with a typewriter and making edits to a movie script.

“I Need A-lot of Bandz to make this………..OKAY. (Story of my life),” she captioned the post on Instagram.

In one of the pictures from the slideshow Madonna teased, you see a line drawn across the title M Untitled. The new title of the biopic is Who’s That Girl, a nod to Madonna’s 1987 film and song of the same name.

The script is noted as being “Rewritten by Madonna and ECW.”

News of Madonna working on her biopic comes almost a year and a half after the project was paused indefinitely. In January 2023, it was reported that the film at Universal Pictures had been scrapped.

Madonna was set to direct the film about her life and career, penning the script with Diablo Cody and Erin Cressida Wilson. Julia Garner had been chosen by the Queen of Pop herself to star in the film after proving to be a standout in a singing and dancing boot camp.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Garner is still attached to star in the film now called Who’s That Girl.

Following the biopic getting put on pause, Madonna suffered a “serious bacterial infection: in June 2023, which made her postpone her Celebration Tour. After recovering from health complications, Madonna embarked on her tour in October 2023 with stops in cities like London, Paris, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, San Francisco, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and many more.

Having lived through Madonna’s hey-day (and survived) I will admit it’s quite the story: From Patrick Hernandez to 610 Broome Street, Jellybean, Shep, PR-man David Salidor, MTV, Mark Kamins, Preston Powell and Seymour Stein and Warren Beatty too, I wonder just how forthcoming she’ll be. To me, the truth is, those early days were simply astounding and do make a terrific story, but that said, they’ve have to be told honestly and a accurately.

Julia Garner would be great, though I wonder again, what exactly was involved in Madonna’s so-called boot camp? Madonna can be, somewhat demanding!

BIDEN OUT — I knew it was a forgone conclusion after that first (and last debate with Trump) but Biden is officially out; with Kamala Harris eyed as the new choice. Biden did, btw, endorse her, though as of this writing she has not been formally nominated.

Topsy-turvy? Yes. More to come? I’m sure. Stay tuned.

Amos Lee

SHORT TAKES — Amos Lee was terrifically impressive on CBS’ Saturday Sessions this weekend. Stellar in fact.

Adrian Niles

Reminded us of Adrian Niles from years ago … After a seemingly endless heat wave in NYC, I heard one of the weather-heads describe the break in the heat as borderline comfortableGuess Who Don’t Sue: What enterprising director had a red-hot doc ready to go on a iconic superstar, but he let his reps go fingering he could do it with his own mojo? He couldn’t and the deal fell through …

Steven J. Immerman

Brad Balfour interviewed Steven J. Immerman on his In Search Of Pleasure Island tome for the Irish Examiner. Check it out here: https://irishexaminerusa.com/wp/?p=29625

We watched Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks with Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. Coppola’s Lost In Translation (2003) is perhaps my all-time favorite film. This was a different, lighter path, but we definitely give it a thumbs up. Murray, as usual, was terrific …

Katy Perry

I’m a bit bothered by all this media-backlash about Katy Perry and her comeback single “Women’s World.” There were disturbing items about it in both SHOWBIZ 411 (https://www.showbiz411.com/2024/07/19/katy-perrys-new-single-womans-world-fails-to-launch-with-just-3k-sold) and the Daily Mail (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-13635579/Katy-Perry-comeback-music.html); citing everything from Dr. Luke’s involvement to a hideous video for the song. It all seems a bit unwarranted. It may not be “Firework,”  but not totally a disaster. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVIJUH29pjU … And, great quote from Peter Frampton on the passing of Bob Newhart: We were friends and when I took him to lunch, it was the Four Seasons. when he took me to lunch, it was some place else. It was the accountant in him.” Much-missed and thank you Bob! for all the laughs.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Andrew Sandoval; Bob Merlis; Roy Trakin; Roger Grimsby; Bill Beutel; Spike Jonze; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Kent & Laura Denmark; Susan Storm; Geraldo Rivera; Rosanna Scotto; Paul Mescal; Paul Undersinger; Harrison Jordon; Jordon Gray; Lori Immerman; Vinny Rich; Scott Stark; Don Wardell; Marsha Stern; Billy Smith; Robert Funaro; and CHIP!

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NYC Restaurant Weeks Is Here With Three Pricing Option

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On Monday, July 22 through Sunday, August 18, 2024 Restaurant Week returns. This bi-annual event was created in 1992 to offer prix fixe menus to allow New Yorkers to eat at the city’s most coveted restaurants. Hundreds of restaurants across all five boroughs are participating this year with a 2-course lunch, 3-course dinner, or both. There will be a trio of pricing options for $30, $45 and $60. The deals run Monday-Friday, as Saturday is excluded as is Sunday to certain restaurants.

If you have a preregistered Mastercard you will receive $10 back for in-house dining transactions of $45 or more.

Menus and reservations can be found here.

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