From the Daily News:
Queens didn't just lose a great view of the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display when the department store moved the annual show from the East River.
The borough's booming businesses also took a hit.
For more than a decade, local merchants in the neighborhood got a boost from the crowds that flooded its streets to catch a glimpse of the fireworks.
Macy's officials said the fireworks has changed locations over the years to accommodate different themes and maximize public viewing.
"This year's show design along the Hudson River celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty would not be possible on another waterway," said Macy's spokesman Orlando Veras.