A three alarm fire that has taken out the homes of those who lived in that building and the one next to it. They're in emergency city shelters. They won't be finding new housing in the city any time soon. The only housing being built currently is 'luxury market' housing ... yet the city rulers are wringing their hands that NYC has been losing population these years. People move away and the sort of people they want to move in and take their place, just -- are not.
The fire began because of the faulty electrical wiring. The posted date for re-opening of the street level cafe came and went some weeks ago. These 19th century tenement buildings just aren't eqipped for this kind of use. Yet, there are something like 20 cafes and small restaurants on these two blocks -- this isn't including the big restaurants.
You can see how awful this fire was from the many photos with the article. Three firefireighters were burned. Yet -- the New York City firefighters are the best gd-ed firefighters in the world. The roof was a conflagaration as the fire swooshed up the airshafts like a volcano -- yet the trees nearly as high as the roof, are not burned.
Needless to say now, with the manufactured debt ceiling crisis, the double dip economic depression crashing down here and globally, August 25 looming and 9/11 as well -- after which our lives were much the wore and have never been able to recover -- we're feeling awfully stressed and jangled and depressed too.