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Public advocate to Macy's: Return fireworks show to East River


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Tired of outer borough residents getting snubbed by the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio fired off a letter to the retail chain’s CEO asking for the annual tradition to move back to the East River.

“I urge Macy’s to consider alternating between the Hudson River and East River on an annual basis, beginning next year with a return to the East River,” wrote de Blasio, a Brooklyn resident, in a letter obtained Monday by amNewYork.

While the East River has played host to the fireworks display for years, Macy’s began using the Hudson two years ago for the show, upsetting officials and businesses on the East Side and in the outer boroughs.

Macy’s spokesman Orlando Veras said Monday that the display would not be located in any one location pemanently.

"Today we are focused on executing the nation's largest fireworks display for the millions [of] spectators that are lining the West Side and viewing on rooftops, from apartment windows and parks," Veras said in a statement. "No decisions on the production next year have been made."

The public advocate also said the city should push Macy’s to bring the show back to the East Side.

“If the city can use its sway and bring views of the country’s best fireworks to more New Yorkers, it should,” de Blasio demanded.

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