Firefighters are at Kings Plaza Shopping Center on Avenue U and Flatbush Avenue, responding to a minor fire at the mall.
We’re told there are five trucks on Avenue U. Some readers have said that the fire is in the ceiling at Macy’s, though another notes that FDNY radio calls indicated it was in a ventilation shaft serving Sbarro’s.
It appears the fire broke out shortly after 9:30 a.m.
The fire has been put out, but the fire trucks remain on the scene, causing significant traffic delays on Avenue U. Authorities are diverting drivers away from Avenue U, with eastbound traffic directed up East 55th Street and westbound traffic going up Flatbush Avenue.
For 32 years prior to 2009, residents of Brooklyn and Queens were given the chance to enjoy the Macy’s fireworks show on the East River, and watch bright colors and designs splash in the sky in celebration of the day that America gained independence.
No longer do residents of these areas enjoy the opportunity, for the July 4 fireworks show has been moved from the East River to the Hudson three years ago.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Senator Dan Squadron, Councilman Stephen Levin, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz have united to campaign for the return of the Macy’s fireworks show to the East River waterfront, and have even put together an online petition for residents to sign.
“There’s no tradition we love more in Brooklyn than gathering on our rooftops and waterfront for the fireworks,” said de Blasio at a press conference in Brooklyn Bridge Park. “We look forward to sitting down with Macy’s to find a way to bring the show back to the East River, where more New Yorkers can be a part of it.”