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Weekend Edition: January 10

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

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Assafa Islamic Center Shuttered by DOB

Posted November 23, 2009 at 6:27 am

The Assafa Islamic Center on Allen Street, which currently has a new facility under construction at 172 Eldridge Street, was shuttered last week by order of the DOB. Apparently, the FDNY proclaimed the cellar mosque an illegal house of worship with conditions that are “imminently perilous to life.” Conditions such as the single “means of […]

Fire at 134 Orchard Street

Last modified December 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Earlier this morning, there was a fire at 134 Orchard Street.  We woke up to the smell of smoke and the Chinatown Dragonfighters fire squad.  Not nearly as much fun as waking up to Count Chocula and Saturday morning cartoons as originally planned. Everyone seems to be okay, and there doesn’t appear to be much […]

Fire at Pianos this Morning

Last modified August 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm

We just walked past Pianos at 158 Ludlow and learned that the local performance space had a fire earlier this morning.  As we speak, workers are installing new glass panes to replace all the shattered windows, as others sweep and clear out the interior.  The employee managing the situation was understandably reluctant with any formal […]

NYPD Alert: Residential Burglaries

Last modified December 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm

In the last few weeks, there has reportedly been an outbreak of residential burglaries in the Lower East Side.  As such, the NYPD recently papered the neighborhood with official bulletins, one of which hangs in the doorway of 244 East Houston.  The grammatically incorrect alert reads as follows: “For some of these burglaries, the perpetrator(s) […]

Fire Scene Update: 105 Rehabilitation

Posted July 27, 2009 at 8:02 am

Other than the vacate order pasted to the doors of 105 East Broadway, and the chain link fence around its perimeter, ground zero of the Hong Kong Supermarket fire has been relatively quiet for weeks.  Not anymore; this past weekend the site became active once again. We strolled by and noticed a demolition crew on […]

Mott Street Fissure

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:38 am

Yesterday evening, two seemingly unrelated incidents unfolded simultaneously on Mott Street just below Houston. Only one was planned – the film shoot for an upcoming feature about “star-crossed lovers who meet and fall in love while struggling to deal with family tragedies that threaten to destroy their relationship.” Sounds Romeo & Juliet-esque. The other incident […]

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Fire in Delancey Popeye’s

Posted June 17, 2009 at 10:58 am

We received a picture in our inbox this morning with the following intel regarding a fire in the Delancey Popeye’s yesterday. there was smoke coming from the 2nd floor. apparently a couple was living on the second floor and a fireman came down and released a white dog covered in soot, he scrambled towards his […]

FIRE SCENE UPDATE: 107 is Rubble

Posted June 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

In the two weeks since our last fire scene update, cleanup of the collapsed 107 East Broadway is nearly complete. The lion’s share of the mangled metal and crumbled brickwork has been carted away. All that remains is an empty lot and an unobstructed view of the Manhattan Bridge. The good news, however, is that […]

FIRE SCENE UPDATE: Southbound on Pike

Posted May 26, 2009 at 7:43 am

Against the backdrop of freshly-demolished 107 East Broadway, one lane of southbound traffic on Pike Street is now open. FULL FIRE COVERAGE HERE