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With its oversized Stars and Stripes draped across the stock exchange, sacred skyscraper that stands 1776 feet tall, and giant statue nicknamed “Lady Liberty,” NYC is widely portrayed as a bastion of patriotism and freedom. But when it comes to July 4, the nation’s most chest-thumping, independence-promoting holiday, it’s illegal to light what the law […]

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Normally I expect these kinds of videos to come out of regions of the Middle East where people are really bored and willing to go all out for a stunt. Well today, Germany has thrown its hat into the ring for ballsy video stunts. These maniacs in Frankfurt decided to spice up their breakdancing with […]

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After five long years in exile on the Hudson, New York City’s Fourth of July fireworks show is returning to its rightful home in the East River, giving Queens and Brooklyn residents a view of the proceedings. Back in 2012, when Bill de Blasio was public advocate, he pushed for the show’s relocation, and today, […]

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This fireworks festival happens once a year at the end of the Chinese New Year in the Yanshui District of Tainan City, Taiwan. “Here, thousands of bottle rockets are ignited from a ‘beehive’ to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to those who are in the path of the rockets,” Farnworth writes. Those who are […]

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Activist Maria “Masha” Alyokhina was released hours ago, and she has already performed the first post-prison action on behalf of her activist art collective/feminist punk “band” Pussy Riot. She lit fireworks outside of her hard penitentiary colony in tribute to her fellow prisoners, as documented by Reuters but explained by Masha herself to Rain TV over a […]

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The annual Macy’s fireworks show took place last night and as much as we’d like for the department store chain to alternate the display between the Hudson River and East River — so Brooklyn doesn’t get jerked every year — holding the spectacle on Manhattan’s West Side certainly has its perks, especially when your offices […]

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News Vines is ANIMAL’s reoccurring series in which we retell current events in six-seconds or less. In this edition, Usher “curates” Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show in New York. #NewsVines: Usher "Curates" Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks https://t.co/SqRWrxnzRk — ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) July 3, 2013 […]

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Everyone knows New York’s law enforcement agencies will go to great lengths to catch a terrorist fireworks enthusiast, but this is a new low. There’s the NYPD posters offering $1,000 for “information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons possessing or distributing fireworks,” Bloomberg’s insistence that sparklers remain illegal throughout the entire state, and […]

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This is getting out of hand. Sparklers, along with all other fireworks, are currently illegal in the state of New York. The Bloomberg administration would like to keep it that way, and is pushing Governor Cuomo to veto a bill that would legalize the novelty devices for a few months a year–even though the bill […]

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Remember 2009, when the Brooklyn and Queens got shafted by the city and the 4th of July fireworks were moved from the East River to the Hudson, so only the fancy Hudson River coast area and New Jersey could enjoy the show? And you know, not the neighborhoods from Lower East Side to Turtle Bay? It should have been a one-year hiatus, and now what’s up? […]

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