Fire

As the LPC Approves Demolition of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, We Should Get Creative with Preservation [OP-ED]

Posted July 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

Since its tragic fire, the future of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue has been a topic of much debate. Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum’s push for demolition of heavily damaged portions of the 167-year-old structure. There had been preliminary plans with the Chinese-American Planning Council to erect a new development pre-fire. Prior to yesterday’s […]

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Breaking: Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street is on Fire [Updated]

Last modified May 14, 2017 at 9:14 pm

The Lower East Side is covered in smoke right now. Several readers are telling us that the historic synagogue on Norfolk Street – Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – is currently up in flames. The FDNY labeled it a 3-alarm fire. One eyewitness riding his bike along Delancey told us that he heard a “big explosion” followed […]

A Family of Rats Set this Guy’s Car Ablaze on Rivington; Tony Hawk there to Film it

Last modified May 2, 2017 at 8:42 am

The New York City rat is ruthless. If you were at the corner of Essex and Rivington on Friday afternoon, you likely saw a Volkswagen sedan on fire. A plume of smoke billowing into the sky. Yet, this wasn’t any ordinary blaze. Blame the family of rats allegedly nesting in this guy’s engine block. They […]

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There was a Fire at the ‘Cup & Saucer’ Building on Canal Street this Morning [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

Earlier this morning, at roughly 4:30am, fire broke out on the third floor of 89 Canal Street. Several trucks responded and extinguished the blaze rather quickly. Seemingly within an hour. Cup & Saucer occupies the ground level. We spoke to the owner of the beloved luncheonette, who indicated they’ll be open soon, but must first […]

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Streets

With Demolition on Deck, Fire Sparks at Former Moscot Building on Delancey Street

Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:13 am

Early Wednesday evening, there was a fire in the commercial space of 86-88 Delancey Street (aka 118 Orchard). The blaze was quickly extinguished, and plywood shed inserted to protect passersby from the damage. To be honest, the incident is just the latest contribution to the demise of this corner, formerly home to MOSCOT. If the […]

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Art

There Was a Basement Fire Beneath Sauce on Rivington Street Last Night

Posted December 1, 2016 at 5:12 am

Last night at around 8:00pm, just as the heavy rains started to intensify, a fire sparked in the basement of 78 Rivington Street. Beneath Sauce restaurant. Fire engines raced to the scene and blocked off the roadway from Allen to Ludlow Streets. A ladder was even deployed to the rooftop. Employees at the door informed us […]

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Katra Lounge Hopes to Reopen on Friday After Basement Fire

Posted September 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

Katra Lounge remains closed four days after a fire reportedly sparked in the basement of 217 Bowery, and knocked out the business. The blaze happened early Friday morning, but was quickly extinguished. In the meantime, the space is undergoing some extensive repair work. This is made clear both by looking inside, as well as a […]

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Scenes from Saturday’s Rooftop Fire at 1 Ludlow Street [PHOTOS]

Posted June 28, 2016 at 5:16 am

Herewith, some photos from Saturday’s rooftop fire at 1 Ludlow Street. The unique structure at this corner – located at the three points of Division, Canal, and Ludlow Streets – caught fire but was quickly extinguished by an armada of first responders. Word on the street is that the flames may have sparked due to a […]

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Sidelined by Fire, Ludlow Street Funeral Home Begins Road to Resurrection

Posted May 25, 2016 at 9:38 am

Two months after a fire sidelined the Boe Fook Funeral Home on lower Ludlow Street, the rebuilding process has begun. Late in the evening of March 14 a fire sparked on the ground floor of the establishment. It’s believed that the cause of the blaze was a ceremonial fireplace used for burning paper inscribed with […]

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Ice Cream Truck Bursts into Flames on Delancey Street [UPDATED]

Last modified April 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

A reader sends us this image of an ice cream truck on Delancey Street near Forsyth that burst into flames (not a Con Edison vehicle as previously reported). The plume of smoke is intense and visible across the neighborhood. No word just yet on what caused the fire or any injuries. More as it develops. […]