The Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Curated By Usher, With Performances By Mariah Carey & Tim McGraw

The 37th Annual Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular curated by Usher, with performances by Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Selena Gomez.

The show starts at 8pm EST and will first have the artists performances and after that, the greatest fireworks display in America. More that 40,000 fireworks will light up the sky, synchronized to a 25-minute, hand-picked score. You won’t want to miss this.

The fireworks show can be seen from any are with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. There are four badges  positioned in the Hudson River between 24th street and 42nd street. For the best spots, head to the 12th avenue below 59th street at the following access points along  11th avenue.

Access points:

24th Street    26th Street    27th Street

29th Street    33rd Street    34th Street

40th Street    42nd Street    44th Street

50th Street    52nd Street    54th Street

56th Street    57th Street

Macy’s says you won’t want to miss the lights show during the last 5 minutes of the fireworks finale if you’re near the Empire State Building.

Parking will not be available in the area, so it is recommended to leave your cars at home. NYC transit will run increased Subway service before, and after the fireworks. Bus service near the fireworks will be rerouted, with extra trips available after the event.

Use public transportation and buy round-trip fare with MetroCard to avoid long lines after the fireworks. visit mta.info to plan your trip.

Noe I. for Windows of the World

 

Late Saturday Nightclub Fire in Brazil Kills More Than 200

At least 233 people died and 92 are still missing in late Saturday tragedy inside a nightclub at the Kiss club in the university town of Santa Maria, in Brazil.

At approximately 2am local time Sunday, a pyrotechnic display set fire to the ceiling and started a big fire that killed dozens and other dozens were trapped in the panic of the confusion.

Outside of the Kiss club in the university town of Santa Maria, Brazil.

Approximately 50 funerals were expected to take place today at the local cemetery of Santa Maria which opened at early 7:30am local, where half-hour intervals were scheduled.

Night Club owner and two members of the band were arrested by police that are investigating the blaze. Police inspector said arrests were ‘provisional’ and there’s no criminal accusation at this time.

View from inside the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria after the fire that killed more than 200 people. Yuri Weber/ Agencia O Dia via Reuters

According to some sources, firefighters were struggling to get inside the building due to a ‘barrier of bodies’ blocking the entrance. Survivors told local news that security guards tried to prevent people from getting outside the building, fearing that people would leave without paying their tab.

Noe I. for Windows of the World.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Information and New Route

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns this Thursday with a set of new balloons and floats, kicking off the holiday season.

The old route used to march down Seventh Ave. in Midtown for years but this year the route has changed for the 86th annual parade, bringing the balloons down to Sixth Ave. to the parade’s end point in front of the famous Macy’s Herald Square location. Macy’s officials believe that Sixth Ave. is the safest route for the World-Famous Macy’s Parade.

Approximately 3.5 million spectators are believed will enjoy the parade, and this will make roads in Midtown and the Upper West Side impassable until early afternoon Thursday.

The balloons started being inflated Thursday. Today Show shows us one of them here:

56 balloons are being inflated starting Wednesday, and that means those shutdowns will being Wednesday early in the morning, police said.

The inflation event is open to the public form 3PM to 10PM on Wednesday and visitors can visit the staging area at West 79th St. and Columbus Circle.

On Thursday, the parade begins at 9AM on West 77th Street and Central Park West, making its way south to Columbus Circle. Once there, the parade will go east along 59th Street to Sixth Ave. where it will continue all the way to West 34th Street before turning west to end in front of the famous Macy’s Store.

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Noe I. for Windows of the World.

Millions Without Power, 40 Dead as Result of Sandy: Complete Coverage

The scale of devastation of super storm Sandy is big, as at least 40 people have been killed and authorities struggle to restore the power and transit of millions.

President Obama declared disasters in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut and promised the government will do all it can to help local authorities cope with the damage. The President is scheduled to visit the damaged areas in New Jersey on Wednesday.
Michael Bloomberg, mayor or New York City, said assessing the scope of a once-in-a-generation hurricane that killed at least 40 people, swept homes into the ocean, flooded large swaths of coastal areas, left millions of people without power and crippled transportation.
It is not possible to put a value on Sandy’s devastation but insured losses alone will run from 7 billion to 15 billion dollars.
This historic storm, which made landfall at 6:45 p.m. ET Monday, put a wall of water up to 13 feet high at the Northeast coast.
To donate $10 for victims & areas hit by Sandy text the number 90999 with the word REDCROSS. Will be deducted from your wireless bill.
Details of the devastation from Sandy to the New York City Area:
-20 deaths across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut blamed on Sandy.
-Dry ice is being distributed this afternoon and evening in Orange and Bergen Counties in the following locations:
  • Rockland County: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Boulders Ball Field, Pamona Road, Pamona, NY
  • Orange County: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Orange County Government Center, 40 Erie Street, Goshen, NY
  • Bergen County: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bergen County Office of Emergency Management, 285 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, NJ
  • Orance County: Town of Mamakating Town Hall, 2948 Route 209, Mamakating, NY
-Restoring Power and Mass Transit are the priorities says Mayor of New York City.
-Limited bus service will resume this evening on a Saturday schedule. Free fares on those buses.
-NYSE opening tomorrow Wednesday after Sandy.
-All East River bridges are now open.
-Alternate side parking and parking meter rules are currently suspended.
-2.4 Million New Jersey households without power, say Governor Christie.
-It will be 7-10 days for path trains to resume service, says NJ Governor Christie.
-Health Officials in Connecticut say water quality may have been compromised by sewage backups or pollution caused by Sandy.
-New York City schools closed Wednesday.

LaGuardia Airpor flooded.

The intersection of First Avenue and Brielle Road in Manasquan, N.J.

Sand and debris covers the streets near the water in Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Foundations and pilings are all that remain of brick buildings and a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 30, 2012, after they were destroyed when a powerful storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast on Monday night.

Dozens of trees fell in Astoria, Queens. (Oct. 30, 2012)
Erin Nau

A boat blocked Metro-North tracks near the Ossining station. (Oct. 30, 2012)
MTA

2,200 feet of the Atlantic City boardwalk is gone. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Storm surge engulfed a police car under the FDR Drive. (Oct. 29, 2012)
Pictures copyrighted by Fox News New York.
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McDonald’s Adds Nutritional Information To Their Menu

McDonald’s will display calorie counts for its menu on restaurants across the country, beginning on Monday. Both indoors and drive-thrus will display the calories. Here are some of their most famous meals and their calorie count:

McDonald’s most famous burger, the Big Mac, will add 550 calories to your body.

Small french fries serving has 230, while the large one has 500.

The small frappe mocha contains 450 calories, while the medium clocks in at 560, and the large one 680 calories.

The Egg McMuffin, along with the common cheeseburger has 300 calories.

So now you can read nutritional information before ordering, even though experts say we think with out stomach when hungry, rather than with our brain. What do you think?

Noe I. for Windows of the World

9/11 2012 Anniversary Information

The 11th 9/11 anniversary is set to be held tomorrow Tuesday, September 11 at the National September 11 Memorial plaza located in the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

This program information is for publication, broadcast and release:

  • 8:39 a.m. – Program begins
  • Bagpipers and drummers lead WTC flag through memorial to the stage
  • Young People’s Chorus of New York City performs the National Anthem
  • 8:46 a.m. – Moment of silence (observance of time AA Flight 11 struck North Tower)
    (Houses of worship will toll their bells throughout the City)Family members will begin reading the names in pairs
  • There will be 100 pairs (200 readers) who will continue until all names are read
  • Music will provide a backdrop throughout the program
  • 9:03 a.m. – Moment of silence (observance of time UA Flight 175 struck South Tower)
    Reading of names continues/music resumes
  • 9:37 a.m. – Moment of silence (observance of time AA Flight 77 struck the Pentagon)
    Reading of names continues/music resumes
  • 9:59 a.m. – Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the South Tower)
    Reading of names continues/music resumes
  • 10:03 a.m. – Moment of silence (observance of time UA Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania)
    Reading of names continues/music resumes
  • 10:28 a.m. – Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the North Tower)
  • Reading of names continues to conclusion/music resumes
  • Young People’s Chorus of New York City performs “Give Us Hope”
  • Taps performed by three trumpeters (NYPD, FDNY, PAPD)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Program concludes
  • 8:00 p.m. – National September 11 Memorial Closes

Family members of the 2001 and 1993 attacks have been invited to participate in this year’s reading of the names, pausing during 6 moments; twice to mark the time the two towers were hit, twice to mark the two towers fell, and to mark the two moments of the attacks in the Pentagon and Flight 93.

Houses of worship have been asked to toll their bells at the time when the first tower was hit. The ceremony will conclude at approximately 12;30PM.

A complete list of the names of the 2,983 victims of the 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93, along with the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing will be posted on NYC.gov/mediaadviorsy prior to the start of the ceremony. Names will be read in alphabetical order as they are listed.

The tribute in light will be on beginning at sunset on September 11, 2012 and will fade away at dawn on September 12 with no formal program. They’re located at West and Morris Streets in Lower Manhattan and are best seen when it’s completely dark.

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‘Dark Knight Rises’ on Track for $162M: Report

Despite the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the film took in about $162 million in North America, the New York Times reported today.

Warner Bros. announced it would hold off reporting the film’s opening grosses until Monday, but the information was leaked to several media outlets.

“Out of respect for the victims and their families,” the studio said in a statement to ABC News. “Warner Bros. Pictures will not be reporting box office numbers for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ throughout the weekend. Box office numbers will be released on Monday.”

This is an unprecedented move because the practice of releasing box office numbers for an opening weekend is standard for Warner Bros. and most major Hollywood studios.

James Holmes, 24, is accused of opening fire on unsuspecting moviegoers Friday during a sold-out midnight screening of the new “Batman” film at a mall in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 people and injuring 58 others. Police said the alleged shooter was wearing a gas mask and was dressed in body armor.

“My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act,” saidAnne Hathaway in a statement, according to People Magazine. Hathaway plays Catwoman in the film. “I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them,” Christian Bale, who plays Bruce Wayne/Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” said in a statement Saturday.

Christopher Nolan, director of “The Dark Knight Rises,” called the mass shooting a “senseless tragedy.”

“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community,” he said in a statement released by his publicist today. “I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.

“The movie theatre is my home,” he said, “and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”

Warner Bros. also removed the trailer for the Ryan Gosling film “Gangster Squad,” which features a movie theater shooting scene, from screenings of “The Dark Knight Rises.” The studio pulled some TV ads for the Batman film, according to Bloomberg News.

The studio does not plan to pull the movie from theaters, but canceled the Paris premiere of the film after learning about the shooting. Nolan and cast members Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman also scrapped media interviews.

Despite the tragedy, movie industry watchers say the film is likely to do well at the box office over the weekend.

“This is an unprecedented situation, but I believe the true fans still want to see this movie,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com’s box office division. “The people who bought their tickets online, who opted for the presale, I don’t see them giving up their tickets.”

Much of the weekend has been pre-sold; the movie made $30 million in presale tickets and shows in many cities are sold out through Sunday. That $30 million will get factored into today’s numbers, which are expected to be released Saturday morning.

Some box-office analysts previously believed the final installment of director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy could top the record-breaking, $207.4 million debut of “The Avengers.” Dergarabedian thinks something in the more modest but still impressive range of $150 million is likely.

“Only five movies in history at this point have done a $150 million or more opening weekend,” he noted.

“The Dark Knight,” the second movie in Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy, made $158 million during its 2008 opening weekend.

Yahoo movies contributing editor Thelma Adams said the tragedy will take a bite out of the weekend gross.

“You have to preface it by saying it’s only money,” she said, “and we’re dealing with lives that have been lost. That said, there will be some domestic underperformance. It is going to hurt.”

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