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Fires

  1. arson
    Man Starts Fatal Five-Alarm Fire in Soho Apartment After Fight With WifeAuthorities say he tried to stop first responders from putting out the fire.
  2. sad news
    Three Alarm Bronx Fire Leaves Three DeadTwo firemen were also injured.
  3. crimes and misdemeanors
    Arson Suspected in Brooklyn Church FireThe blaze at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew started early Sunday morning.
  4. hurricane sandy
    30 Injured in Fire at Highrise Damaged by Hurricane SandyUtility crews sparked an electrical blaze.
  5. awful things
    Police Question Father of Baby Killed in Bronx Fire The mother, who was stabbed to death, had a restraining order against him. 
  6. things that are awful
    Mother and Child Killed in Bronx Apartment FirePolice say someone set the blaze to cover up mother’s murder.
  7. fires
    The South Street Seaport Was Briefly on Fire TodayThe culprit: a vending machine.
  8. neighborhood news
    A Car Blew Up and Set a Building on Fire in Midtown TodayThere is video. 
  9. one world trade center
    There Was a Small Fire at One World Trade CenterBut they put it out really quickly.
  10. four-alarm blazes
    Nine Firefighters Injured in Four-Alarm Bronx Fire Winds kept the blaze going for over two hours.
  11. neighborhood news
    Central Park Not Spared in Brush Fire OutbreakEven Manhattan’s not safe.
  12. new jersey
    Meadowlands Around MetLife Stadium in FlamesFirst Staten Island, now New Jersey.
  13. crimes and misdemeanors
    Woman Who Started Trash-Can Fires Not a WomanPolice arrested an angry man today.
  14. neighborhood news
    Tiny Manhattan School Bus Goes Up in FlamesIt was empty, thankfully.
  15. accidents
    Man Killed in Subway Station FireHomeless man had been living in an abandoned room at the station.
  16. things that could have ended much worse than they did
    Luckily, All the Children Left the Bus Before It ExplodedA bus caught fire near Macy’s this morning.
  17. neighborhood news
    Fire Tears Through Upper East Side SynagogueNobody was seriously injured.
  18. neighborhood news
    The Standard Hotel Caught on FireEverything is fine.
  19. neighborhood news
    FDNY Combats Fire at 14th Street Con Ed PlantDon’t fret.
  20. neighborhood news
    Wind-Whipped Five-Alarm Fire Burns Flatbush BuildingOne resident has been reported dead.
  21. neighborhood news
    Manhattan’s Pier 97 Goes Up in SmokeFirefighters are working to contain the conflagration.
  22. real estate
    Don’t Be So Jealous of People With Wood-Paneled Roof DecksThey almost definitely will catch fire and burn to a crisp. The roof decks, that is.
  23. photo op
    There’s a Huge Fire Burning at Houston Street and Avenue AHere’s what it looks like.
  24. neighborhood news
    Fire Engulfs Deli and Pizza Place on 14th and AThat’s Intel Chris’s deli and pizza place.
  25. neighborhood news
    Bankers Rescue Children From Burning BuildingOr so they SAY.
  26. puppies!!!!!!
    Firefighter Saves Tiny TerrierA rare, happy fire story!
  27. horrible things
    Man Who Set Brooklyn Fire Says He Was ‘Prompted by Demons’Ugh.
  28. sad things
    Brooklyn Fire Kills FiveFire strikes apartments in Bensonhurst.
  29. neighborhood news
    Cobble Hill Was BurningRooftop fires broke out in Cobble Hill last night.
  30. neighborhood news
    It’s a Bad Week for BridgesThe Throgs Neck Bridge is the second New York span to be hit with a fire this week.
  31. sad things
    Landlords in Black Sunday Fire Case Found GuiltyThe final verdict came down today regarding the deaths of two firefighters in 2005.
  32. in other news
    Long Island Home of 50 Cent Burns Down Dramatically, SuspiciouslyBaby mama and son suffer smoke inhalation in massive blaze. Drama!
  33. photo op
    Fire in Soho: Nobody Hurt As we type, the block of Greene Street between Broome and Grand is closed off by fire trucks. There is a fire, now partially contained, on the second and third floors of the three-story structure (the former Particular Iron Works building). Nobody is still inside the building and no one was hurt, but if you’re in Soho and wondering what all the hullabaloo is, there’s your explanation. You may go back to trying to choose between Diesel stores now. —Randi Eichenbaum
  34. it just happened
    Explosion Near Grand Central Really Screws Up Commutes Yes, there was indeed an explosion near Grand Central Terminal. No, it was not at Grand Central. Yes, there’s a lot of smoke. A transformer exploded on East 41st Street between Third and Lexington Avenues; it caused a four-alarm fire and injured one person. Police have closed that block and evacuated some buildings. The subways are running, including the Lex lines, though they’re currently skipping Grand Central, which must be a real pain for those who were trying to catch the 6:45 to Larchmont. We’re about to call it a day, but we have no doubt Sewell Chan will keep you abreast of the latest news all night long. Buildings Evacuated After Midtown Explosion [City Room/NYT] Update: The source of the explosion was a steam pipe, and as of 8:15 p.m. there is no service on the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines between 125th Street and Bowling Green, service on the 42nd Street shuttle has been suspended, and 7 trains bypass Grand Central. MTA Service Alert [MTA.info]
  35. the morning line
    New Jersey and You: Skinnier Together • Channel 7 is back on the air after a Sunday-night fire at its Upper West Side headquarters forced the staff to flee the studio. No victims, but the Live With Regis and Kelly set is kaput. [NYDN] • It doesn’t take extraordinary political perception to guess that Governor Spitzer and the Senate majority leader Joe Bruno hate each other; leave it to the Times, however, to treat it as an odd-couple comedy setup: “Mr. Spitzer’s eyes pierce. Mr. Bruno’s wink.” [NYT] • The Circle Line, which runs ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, has unveiled a noiseless electric vessel complete with a “solar sail.” It will be operational in a year and a half, provided the whole green vogue doesn’t blow over. [AP via WCAX] • New Jersey is launching an Office of Nutrition and Fitness, the nation’s first; the Garden State leads the nation in obese children under 5 (a stunning 17.7 percent). [NYP] • And who’s paying for the slimming of N.J. kids? Well, maybe you: Governor Corzine is considering a tax hike that will put the end to the state’s famously low gas prices and institute more toll roads. [amNY]
  36. the morning line
    Purge? • The Times spots an interesting pattern in the turnover pattern at a Brooklyn community board: Each of the five members tossed out this week by Borough President Marty Markowitz was a vocal opponent of Atlantic Yards. [NYT] • A fire broke out at a stable in Chestnut Ridge, about 30 miles north of the city, killing two horses and eight ponies. Yes, eight dead ponies. Good morning to you too. [amNY] • Closing arguments have sounded in the Braunstein case, which went to the jury last night. The defense memorably insisted the hapless kidnapper’s “brain broke,” and the prosecution, well, didn’t really disagree — but still found intent in his actions. [NYDN] • The latest restaurant added to the lawsuit over minimum-wage violations: Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club, which joins the allegedly ultrastingy B.B. King Bar and Grill (wait, are they now just targeting musician-owned places?) and others. [Metro NY] • And five young Long Islanders had to be Tasered at Disney World; after getting caught spitting at patrons, the four teenage siblings and a friend had apparently decided on “jumping a cop” as the optimal next-step strategy. [NYP]
  37. the morning line
    Starrett-Crossed • Clipper Equity’s ingenious PR notwithstanding, the would-be Starrett City buyer was thwarted again. On Saturday, the state’s Housing Commissioner rejected the firm’s second bid for the complex, concerned with the group’s poor track record in the area. [TheStreet.com] • A blaze in a Bronx apartment building injured 53 people by AM New York’s count (the Post has the number at 41), including 14 firefighters. The three-alarm fire began on the first floor and quickly spread up and out through hallways. [amNY, NYP] • Barack Obama (who evidently can’t just come to a city; he either “swings through” or “invades” it) is back in New York for more fund-raising. He’ll hang at a couple of good addresses before stopping by the Letterman show. Obama’s previous New York City take is estimated at $3 million. [NYDN] • Bush knew. About Bernie Kerik’s past, that is, when NYC’s then-top cop was nominated to head Homeland Security. Thus, the doomed pick could have been a purely political gesture. Oh, and Alberto Gonzales had a hand in it, too. [NYP] • And East Hampton becomes a two-newspaper town: The Press, an import from one town over, is taking on the 122-year-old local institution the Star (as New York reported last month). Get ready for war. [NYT]
  38. it just happened
    Indian Point Reports Fire, But No Leak After a fire in the transformer yard at Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester, Reactor No. 3 was shut down late this morning. The fire was extinguished by Indian Point staff, and officials don’t believe any radioactive material was released. No problem for now (so they say!), but we were reminded of the magazine’s handy 2005 guide to “When Bad Things Happen.” In short, let’s hope the winds are blowing north today. And pick up some potassium iodide on the way home. Just in case. Transformer Yard Fire Prompts Shutdown of Indian Point 3 [The Journal News] When Bad Things Happen [NYM]
  39. the morning line
    Good Grief • Hundreds of people, not all of them Muslims, attended the Islamic funeral ceremony for the nine children and a mother who perished in the last week’s fire. Mayor Bloomberg quoted the Koran; strangers offered to rebuild the house and pay for the funerals. [NYT] • The newly berserk Health Department shut down Union Square’s Coffee Shop after finding 120 violation points. The department’s management, meanwhile, denies a concerted crackdown, saying inspectors are told to “adhere to current policies.” That’s a crackdown. [WNBC] • The indefatigable Clipper Equity, whose $1.3 billion Starrett City bid was killed to the applause of every authority imaginable, is back with a new offer: same price plus ironclad “proof” it won’t raise rents. How will it make money, then? Why, build more housing on the property. [NYP] • Here’s a good moral-compass exercise: Try to work up some compassion for Jeannie Kraph, who says she’s being muscled out of her Williamsburg rental. Kraph has been paying $150 a month in rent for the last 50 years. [amNY] • And Al Sharpton does nothing to disprove his supposed jealousy of Barack Obama (cited in the Post) by fuming to the usually Al-friendlier Daily News about senator’s “nerve.” “I want to know his position on police brutality!” He loves it, Rev. [NYDN]
  40. in other news
    On Bloomberg, Florida, and the Incessant Demand for Useless Photo Ops Something about a tragedy, no matter how private, reduces us all to children clamoring for consolation and closure. Consider the bizarre criticism raining down on Mayor Bloomberg today, for failing to drop his obligations and stay in New York in the wake of yesterday’s Bronx fire. Instead, Bloomberg flew to Florida, as previously scheduled. “I don’t know what can be more important in Miami,” said Assemblyman Ruben Diaz — and, as it turned out, nothing was: Questions about the fire hounded the mayor at every turn there. Today’s Post, in its typically loaded lede, cites “critics” wondering “whether he’s fulfilling his role as the city’s leader.”
  41. the morning line
    The Perfect Firetrap • Yesterday’s lethal Bronx fire was a perfect storm of human error: faulty wiring, two dead smoke alarms, no fire escape, the tenants’ panicked attempt to deal with the flame themselves, and a tardy rescue truck. [NYT] • Look who’s back in business: Former mayor Ed Koch will head a commission that will review, and help reform, the state comptroller’s office. Also on the commission: Tom Suozzi, the would-be Spitzer, and the AFL-CIO chief. We’re getting serious “shadow government” vibes. [amNY] • Mathieu Eugene, who beat nine opponents for a City Council seat, is demanding a revote. Despite his decisive victory, Eugene can’t take office: He flouted the residency requirement by living in Canarsie before the election. Meanwhile, leaderless East Flatbush shockingly does not descend into anarchy. [NYDN] • In a Law & Order–worthy case of creative definition of jurisdiction, the Manhattan D.A. is indicting a Brazilian congressman, Paulo Maluf. Maluf has never been in New York, but his money sure was: $11.6 million of it, all allegedly stolen and funneled through a Fifth Avenue bank. [MetroNY] • Speaking of Law & Order: The community-board meeting on renaming a midtown intersection the Jerry Orbach Corner turned into meta-farce when Sam Waterston showed up to address the surly board. The vote ended in hung jury. [NYT]
  42. the morning line
    The Bronx Was Burning • A brutal fire in the Bronx engulfed a four-story house filled with immigrant families, killing eight children and one adult. Witnesses relate terrible images of children tossed out of the windows in a last-ditch attempt to save them. A basement space heater is cited as the cause. [NYT] • A Barack Obama fund-raiser scheduled for tomorrow in midtown has caused what the Daily News terms a “ticket-buying frenzy.” The $100 event at Grand Hyatt will be aimed at “younger people” — for the moneyed elders, there’s a $1,000-a-head reception at the same hotel, but earlier. [NYDN] • Know those ubiquitous, slightly nagging TV ads telling women to vaccinate against the human papillomavirus? Funny thing: None of the city’s STD clinics and immunization centers have the vaccine. [MetroNY] • And now he’s a lawyer: George Pataki is joining Chadbourne & Parke, a law firm housed in 30 Rock, as a consultant on environmental issues. Wait, wasn’t he supposed to be running for president? [NYP]
  43. the morning line
    The Inexplicables • Mayor Bloomberg seems to be making all the right moves in the wake of the 50-bullet NYPD hailstorm that killed an unarmed man in Queens. The mayor called the shooting “unacceptable or inexplicable” during a meeting with the city’s black leaders (including Al Sharpton and Charlie Rangel) — unusually strong language considering that all the facts aren’t officially in yet. [NYT] • Firefighters doused a fire in the basement of a Bed-Stuy apartment only to find a man’s body duct-taped to a bed. It’s unclear whether the flame killed the victim or was intended to hide the crime. [WNBC] • Even the most radical proponents of graffiti-as-legit-art would have a hard time defending one Patrick McCormick, whose fifteen arrests alternate between graffiti offenses (his artless tag, seen all over town, is “MAP”) and things like robberies and the murder of homeless people. He is now back behind bars after pleading guilty to a relatively mild crime of smashing a subway window with a hammer. What a guy. [NYDN] • In Trenton, the heirs of a wealthy couple that donated $35 million to Princeton in 1961 want the money back. Their reasoning hinges on a claim, which they’re taking to court, that the university is misusing the endowment. It’s safe to say there goes that honorary degree. [NYP] • And the Whitney is jumping on the High Line: The museum has inked a tentative deal with the city to build a downtown expansion that will also function as the entrance to the trippy park. This appears to mean that all talk of expanding its uptown space is now officially over, and the meatpacking district has ornery UES landmarks boards to thank. [amNY]
  44. the morning line
    Suicide, Fire, Not a Hero • Indie actress, director, and screenwriter Adrienne Shelly, just seen with Matt Dillon in Factotum, was found hanged in her Village apartment. There’s no suicide note, and cops are checking up on unidentified sneaker prints in the apartment, but suicide is cited as the likeliest scenario. [NYP] • A blaze broke out in a Bronx apartment in the wee hours of the morning, killing a 5-year-old girl and sending three other people to Jacobi Medical Center. The survivors can thank the girl’s 13-year-old brother, who woke everyone up. The cause of the fire is being investigated. [WNBC] • Major karmic points are apparently not enough for Robert G. Seckers, the mate of a tugboat that aided the Staten Island ferry during the infamous 2003 crash. Seckers wants more tangible compensation for his good deed ($2 million to be exact) under an ancient unwritten law called “pure marine salvage.” “I don’t need to be a hero,” said Seckers in an interview. It appears you just took care of that part, sir. [NYT] • Hitler Kid, post-collegiate edition: A 23-year-old Greenpoint city employee (probably a hipster who applied for the job ironically) penned an essay in the Haverford alumni mag calling the Polish “vermin” and the nabe “even uglier than the morons who work there.” The piece is clearly Borat-style satire (the author dreams of a Greenpoint of “lawyers and investment bankers”), but — shock — subtleties of dry sarcasm are not a Parks Department specialty. [NYDN] • Three, two, one, stop. The city is testing out streetlight timers at intersections, visibly counting down fifteen seconds until the light turns red. Now, finally, the pedestrians will have something other than the road to look at! [amNY]
  45. the morning line
    Fires and Crashes and Shootings • A four-alarm fire in the Bronx wiped out five wood-frame houses and left close to 25 firefighters hospitalized; yesterday’s brutal wind helped the blaze along. “Scores” are reported homeless. [amNY] • The tabs diverge on what’s the tragedy of the day: The Post has a gruesome SUV crash in Harlem — a speeding Explorer overstuffed with eight teen passengers, one dead; the News goes with the murder-suicide on a Brooklyn sidewalk, featuring an estranged Greek husband, a sawed-off shotgun, and horrified onlookers. [NYP, NYDN] • The NYPD will require the city’s cops to cover up all visible ink (“to promote uniformity,” but really to avoid embarrassments like last year’s flap over a recruit with a “jihad” tattoo). But what about piercings? The article doesn’t say. [NY1] • First was talk of a trans-fat ban, and now the Board of Health is threatening to visit another indignity on our restaurateurs: “the nation’s most rigorous system of calorie disclosure.” Yes, hard numbers, right on the menu. (Most likely to be heard at Per Se and Masa next year: “No, sweetie, that’s the price.”) [NYT] • Finally, the Post (where headline writers appear to be under the impression “Kazakh” rhymes with “rock” and “block”) gets in on the Borat-wagon in the most yawnsome way possible, letting Cohen pen an NYC visitor’s guide in character. Did we mention the movie is a 20th Century Fox — which is to say, News Corp. — release? [NYP]