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The Battery

The Daily Plant : Thursday, July 3, 2003



Independence Day Celebration
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Historic Richmond Town, LaTourette Park, Staten Island
Park Location: Forest Hill & London Roads at Rockland Avenue

Fourth of July Concert with Ryan Adams
4 p.m.
Battery Park (Battery Pl, State St. and Whitehall St.), Manhattan

Macy's Fireworks Display
9 p.m.
Each year Macy's kicks off the world's largest fireworks display at approximately 9 p.m. on July 4th. Four barges stationed between 23rd and 42nd Streets in the East River set off 20,000 aerial shells and special effects. There are electric set pieces on the barges, and the New York City Fire Department gets in on the act with fire boats shooting red, clear, and blue water 300 feet over the river.

Where to watch:
Manhattan: Southbound lanes of the FDR Drive from 14th to 42nd Street will be open for the public from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. On-ramp entrances for pedestrians are located at 23rd, 38th, and 42nd streets. The FDR Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between Houston Street and 63rd Street from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

Brooklyn/Queens: Great views from Hunter's Point, Queens, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and anywhere with an unobstructed view of the East River between 23rd & 42nd Streets. For more information, call Macy's Hotline at (212) 494-4495.


"George Washington Was Here" Historic Tour of Van Cortland House
1 p.m.
Van Cortlandt Park (Broadway, Jerome Avenue, and Van Cortland Park South), Bronx

Inwood History Trek
1 p.m.
Inwood Hill Nature Center (218th Street and Indian Road), Manhattan

Tree Walk
1 p.m.
Alley Pond Park (Little Neck Bay to Spring Boulevard, Union Turnpike), Queens


Lew Piccardi Big Band
George Seuffert Bandshell
4 p.m.
Forest Park (Myrtle Avenue at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive), Queens

Peruvian Festival
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Grand Central Parkway. and Van Wyck Expressway.), Queens


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Portions of the Battery are closed for various improvements, including a connection between the Greenways along the Hudson River and the East River. The 12-acre site will feature a meandering bikeway and walkway through lushly planted perennial gardens; a reconstructed Battery Green, the large oval lawn that serves as a public assembly and performance area; restoration and relocation of 10 monuments to the perimeter for better placement and increased visibility; a protected and replanted woodland area; new paths, trees and seating surrounding the park, and upgraded paving, edging, furnishings and lighting.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

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