As Gothamist says today, just because it’s July 17 already doesn’t mean we should forget how Macy’s has been dicking over most of the five boroughs with its Fourth of July fireworks displays for the past few years while giving a nice little reach-around to New Jersey. So Macy’s seems set on keeping the fireworks display in the Hudson each year, where Brooklyn and lots of other people can barely see them, instead of the East River, where everyone can watch them. But lest you think that all the grumbling is limited to just you and your friends on a rooftop in Park Slope, know that there are actual government officials fighting on your side on this one. Our public advocate, state senator and borough president are collecting digital signatures on a petition to try to reclaim the fireworks, and you can still sign it! (more…)
Take that, Macy’s! Photo by Flickr’s Matt Andrews Photo.
Summer is the best, which makes Fourth of July the actual best holiday of the year: no presents to buy, no families to feed, no silly rabbit-based rituals to honor; there’s not even any way for Hallmark to capitalize on it. It’s just good ol’ kicking back and basking in the friggin’ freedom you probably don’t appreciate the rest of the year. And despite Brooklyn’s role in the Revolutionary War, we’ve been shafted on fireworks over the past few years. But don’t let that stop you from rocking the crap out of your day off tomorrow in honor of all your forebearers who fought for your right to open gourmet mayonnaise stores. Here’s a rundown of where to view fireworks and other tips to have the best Fourth ever this year: (more…)
It’s a couple… 234 years later, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do this thing right. Brooklyn has a hallowed place in our country’s early days. This July 4, take part in some historically (in)appropriate activities to celebrate our founding fathers, freedom and plain, old 18th century good times. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1) Drive out your British neighbors… to pick up some Sam Adams, that is. (Who do you think we are?) (more…)
FRIDAY Thru 7/8: ‘Contraband Cinema’ series: BAM presents 27 political films that touch on everything from animal rights to political movements (and Rocky IV). Q+A sessions include former Black Panther Party member Kathleen Cleaver. $12.
SATURDAY Today only, Old Navy solid-colored flip flops are just $1 (coupon).
We can all picture it: the Fourth of July get-together, kids playing in a grassy backyard, meat on the barbie, beers* in hand… You may not think Brooklyn’s built for this Independence Day ideal, but it is. With this annual grilling-pinnacle-of-a-weekend coming up, it’s a good time to remember our borough’s great parks—and their many designated barbecuing areas. These nearly 20 spots over seven Brooklyn parks aren’t just patches of dirt—they’ve got full-blown charcoal grills ripe for the claiming. (more…)