Independence Day Downtown

Thousands of Downtowners celebrated a sunny Fourth of July with some extra holiday cheer as Macy’s added two barges just below the South Street Seaport to its 27th Annual Fireworks Spectacular to cap off a day of events in Lower Manhattan.
The fireworks crowds helped boost business for Seaport merchants and restaurants. Rich Pietromonaco, manager of the Heartland Brewery on Fulton St., said that the restaurant served about 1,100 pints of beer on July 4 to more than 1,000 customers.
Downtown Express photos by Elisabeth Robert

“Business was very good,” said Pietromonaco. “Nice group of people, very orderly, no problems.”
Michael Piazzola, the new general manager of the Seaport Marketplace, said it was too early to say exactly how much revenue increased over the holiday. But merchants said that the crowds were a welcome sight after the soggy spring.
“We had a pretty strong day,” said Mark Svenson, manager of the Christmas Dove store in Pier 17. “I think it was a combination of nice weather and having something for people in the city to do.”
Elsewhere Downtown, Ryan Adams gave a free concert in Battery Park, which was organized by the Downtown Alliance and Marine Sgt. Eddie Chin, the Brooklyn resident who helped pull down the Saddam statue in Baghdad, was honored in Chinatown’s Columbus Park. Chin said he plans to join the American Legion’s Lieut. B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1219 in Chinatown.
Photo by Corky Lee.

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