Showing posts with label MACY'S FIREWORKS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MACY'S FIREWORKS. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 07, 2018



Story By: James Edstrom

Neighbors On NBC Protesting Treatment From Macy's In 2017

Sources are alleging Macy's has been banned from their 4th of July show 2018 in the Hudson River. The store announced last year that they would be rotating the event, but communities around New York City, including many tenants in Hunters Point South who have been abused by this event the past three years, say they do not want Macy's here.

This story took a lot of digging as we have hosted them for 3 years straight here in Hunters Point South and many of the residents here do not want this event. Macy's was asked for comment on this story, in fact we asked two Macy's publicity persons and they ignored our requests. We also asked them in the E-Mail to have the residents be part of the conservation so we are not locked up as they do every year for this party that only benefits Macy's with 500 million worth of free publicity. Macy's celebrates freedom while it takes the residents including Vets and Seniors freedom away. Still no comment from Macy's.

  We were so outraged by the treatment from this event, we went to NBC News and the NY Post last year, who agreed the way residents here are treated is a horror. Macy's make no arrangements for the residents. We are at ground zero and we are locked down.The story was picked up worldwide and still Macy's did not contact us to make arrangements for the residents here.

Last year we as residents of Hunters Point South, who are right in the center of this Macy's event each year, tried to be pro active and arrange our our party in our own location. We got approval from the police department, we arranged for food and beverage. Days before the event, Macy's came to the park and found out we had a parking lot and told the 108th Police Department they needed it for their event. So as always, Macy's got their way, at the expense of the community and got our parking lot leaving us no way to enjoy the holiday. But the sad fact was, they commandeered our parking lot and did not even use it and once again we were locked up like criminals. Police Department Blames Macy's, Macy's blames Homeland Security and they all pass the buck around.

We have held this story for a few weeks now. But I saw the signs, Homeland Security here, Macy's personal here. This has been confirmed, Macy's is throwing their 4th of July Event at Hunters Point South. And once again they are not allowing us as residents of this community to be part of the conservation.

This is part of a bigger story. This is how the parks department gives our parks away to private entities who makes millions off public space with just about no benefit to the community. But this is a bigger story we will be bringing to main stream television media very soon. We have park contracts, we have sources and this is a story that will blow the lid off these park contracts that are given to persons that are friends with politicians and have the inside track.

Comment below as you see fit!

Sunday, July 02, 2017


J.Lo’s pre-taped Fourth of July performance angers locals


Setting Up Stage For Jennifer Lopez And Macy's Pre Taped Fraud

Jennifer Lopez was in Long Island City, Queens, Friday pre-taping a performance for Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show — but some locals weren’t thrilled about Jenny on their block.

Residents of a building on Borden Avenue, near the park where J.Lo and other acts perform, say the broadcast turns their block into an annual nightmare and robs them of their liberty to celebrate the Fourth.

“J.Lo is pre-taping today,” groaned resident James Edstrom on Friday, adding that cars were “being towed.”

“It’s not really live,” he explained, “like when they go, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, J.Lo!’ They go to a video. They have hundreds of people [at the pre-taping] going wild — everything is exactly like the Fourth of July, but nothing is real.”

Also reportedly pre-taping the NBC special at Hunters Point South Park this year were Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld.

Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Sheryl Crow are reportedly performing at the same spot on the Fourth — that’s when Edstrom says a full lockdown is in effect. A local blog warns: “The night of July 4, no one can get into the park at all without tickets . . . as it is fully cordoned off and accessible only to Macy’s VIPs” and ticket holders.

Edstrom claims his Hunters Point South building, which has some tenants who are veterans, will be “in a frozen zone,” where residents can’t leave the property after 1 p.m. on Independence Day due to tight security measures. “Homeland Security allows us to have four guests [come to the building], but they have to be here by 1 p.m.,” he said.

Residents can’t use other areas of their building to watch the fireworks: One told local NBC News, “It feels like a prison.” Edstrom added, “The mayor is having a party on the roof of the adjacent school — so I am locked in my building and all I can do is watch Mayor de Blasio party on a roof.”

A Macy’s rep explained that the NYPD and other agencies implement a safety plan for the event and “a command and broadcast center must be placed within close range of the fireworks barges. Unfortunately, that may result in some restricted access for local residents.”

Friday, June 30, 2017


While Macy's Celebrates Freedom They Take It Away from Veterans And Seniors


There is really nothing I can say about the treatment we get from Macy's having this event in our park every year. This year they really screwed us.

Knowing how the last two years with us being locked up like animals for Macy's, this year I decided to be pro active. It took weeks, but I got permission from the 108th police department to have a dinner served to our veterans and seniors as well as tenants who stayed in town, in the vacant lot across the street. It was all set. LIC Landing Coffeed, the restaurant in the park agreed to give us the same food as Macy's. Urban Market was donating the paper goods and the rest, we were going to buy for the tenants. We thought to ourselves, this year we will have fun finally.

How wrong we were. Macy's who was unaware that we had a vacant property across the street from our building, was told by the police department that we were having a little bash. The story I get is, Macy's popped up and said you have a vacant piece of land, we want it. And the police department instead of standing their ground, gave it to them.

So now we have no where. The 108th refuses to let us throw the bash on closed streets, closed sidewalks or anywhere. This is just not right. We had a deal.

Locked Up By Macy's

So as you can see from the photo I am posting with the NBC News video, we are not happy. We are locked in front of our building in a 6 ft by 6 ft cage from 1pm to after the fireworks. We can not even watch them. Homeland security took our sky lounge, our gym and all our amenities for their snipers. Mayor De Blasio is having a party on the school roof which I will see from my window. Everyone will have a holiday, everyone will have a great time, except the residents of Hunters Point South Crossing.

Last year we had Macy's executive's using our bathrooms and hogging all our elevators. The police department also. We had after the Macy's Fireworks Macy's employees throwing up in our lobby and bathrooms. They all had a good time and once again they ruined our holiday.

Already the drama is starting. Macy's pre tapes most of show, did you know that? Most of the show is fake, not live. Tonight they are filming J-Low. This weekend the rest of the performers. The 4th of July show is only the MC who pretends it is all live. The set, the Empire State Building, everything is set to what it will be on July 4th. Fake!

Macy's will not be allowed to have this event again in Long Island City. I will make sure of that, I will sue if I have too. All I asked was for a little space, space that our building owns, to have a little something for our Vets and Seniors. Shame On Macy's. All I asked was for Macy's to be kind to the community they were walking all over. BOYCOTT MACY'S!

A special thank you to Michael George and Pei-Sze Cheng from NBC News for doing the story!