Breaking: Fire Erupts at Ludlow Street Funeral Home Tonight [UPDATED]
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The Boe Fook Funeral Home on lower Ludlow Street is burning up as we speak. The smell and taste of charred wood is certainly palpable. Several battalions of first responders are currently working to extinguish the smoldering fire.
From what we hear, the fire started in the back of the building on the ground level and slowly made its way upward. Fire in the vents and in the walls, according to the unofficial FDNY scanner handles on Twitter. Nothing official yet from the department, though.
Obviously, this isn’t good news for the Metrograph movie theater which just opened to the public a couple weeks ago. The art house is still open for the time being…
Meanwhile, we hope the integrity of the building isn’t compromised. It dates back to 1892, and served as one of many “landsmanschaftn” set up in the late nineteenth century to care for the hordes of Jewish immigrants flowing through Ellis Island.