The Aftermath of the Second Avenue Fire

One of the things I’ve wanted to write about recently is the fire on Second Avenue and East 7th Street. Not the fire itself so much, but my thoughts, prompted by the fire. It’s not a topic for East Village Today though, so I didn’t write it there, but since I’m inspired to write here again, I’ll take up this topic.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about is the terrible condition of so many of the buildings in this neighborhood. They were substandard when built, in the late 19th century, and they’re in even worse condition today. Any one of them could burn up the way the four buildings did on Second Avenue that day — and it wouldn’t take a gas line explosion to ignite them.

Some, however, are clearly in worse shape than others. I started taking pictures of buildings that probably would go up quickly if they caught fire.

This one is on East 12th Street:


This one is on First Avenue:


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BuzzFeed discussed this issue with author Luc Sante, in an article on March 31. So there!


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