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Wesley Williams, the First Black Firefighter in NYC, Chatting with Great Grandson [INTERVIEW]

Last modified June 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Now more than ever, the story of Wesley Williams must be told. As the first African American firefighter to join the Fire Department, Williams defied the odds again and became Chief in 1919. His detail was Engine 55, which is still active at 363 Broome Street in Little Italy (where Steve Buscemi volunteered). He later […]

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Man Rescued from Scaffolding After Falling out Ludlow Street Window

Posted March 11, 2021 at 5:04 am

You may have seen the parade of fire engines along eastbound Delancey Street on Tuesday night. Firefighters rescued a 23-year-old man who fell from his Ludlow Street window onto scaffolding. The man reportedly fell from a window of 81 Ludlow Street at around 8:30pm. It’s unclear which floor he fell from. Initial reporting indicated that […]

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6-Alarm Fire Decimates 128-Year-Old East Village Church

Last modified December 9, 2020 at 10:12 pm

Early this morning, a 6-alarm fire tore through 48 East 7th Street, at the corner of 2nd Avenue. The flames engulfed the vacant tenement at around 5:00am, and quickly spread to the Middle Collegiate Church next door. Leaving the house of worship completely hollowed out. More than one hundred firefighters have been battling the blaze for […]

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3-Alarm Fire Tears Through Grand Street Building in Midnight Blaze

Last modified September 17, 2020 at 7:03 am

Shortly after midnight, a raging fire tore through 303 Grand Street, just west of Allen. A thick plume of smoke billowed into the sky. According to various scanner sources, the blaze started in the back of the store, and quickly escalated into a three-alarm fire. Firefighters battled for more than thirty minutes before the flames […]

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Another Show of Love for City First Responders Now Hangs Above the FDR

Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:17 am

The Delancey Street foot bridge over the FDR is a popular place to make a statement. Many a banner has hung from this chain-link fencing. And now, it’s adoration for the city’s first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday morning, a handwritten sheet appeared on the bridge with the message – “NYC loves RNs + […]

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Local Small Businesses Fundraising Meals for First Responders in COVID-19 Crisis

Last modified April 7, 2020 at 10:34 am

Lower East Side businesses are pooling resources to send meals to first responders during the COVID-19 crisis. For the next month, several small businesses tapped by the Lower East Side Partnership are sending meals to first responders (NYPD, FDNY, EMS) And the business improvement district is raising money to fund it. So far, Williamsburg Pizza, […]

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Ten Injured, Including Firefighters, in Massive Mulberry Street Blaze Last Night [Updated]

Last modified January 24, 2020 at 12:15 pm

The three-alarm blaze that engulfed 70 Mulberry Street last night spread quickly, destroying the upper levels of the historic Public School 23. The fire started shortly after 8:45pm on the fourth floor. Firefighters from Ladder 20 and police from the 5th Precinct were the first responders. More than two hundred fire personnel ultimately arrived to […]

3-Alarm Fire Engulfs PS 23 Building on Mulberry Street

Last modified January 24, 2020 at 12:30 am

Shortly before 9pm this evening, a three-alarm fire was sparked at 70 Mulberry Street (at Bayard). Within minutes, the historic building – erected in the nineteen century as Public School 23 – was in flames. More than one hundred firefighters were called to the scene to battle the blaze which is apparently confined to the […]

Fire Takes out ‘Sauce’ Restaurant on Rivington Street, No one Hurt

Posted January 2, 2019 at 5:03 am

Early Saturday morning, a one-alarm fire swept through the lower part of 78 Rivington Street. It apparently started inside the kitchen of Sauce restaurant. According to ownership, the fire was quickly extinguished and no one hurt. Published reports noted that the flames spread up to apartments 2B and 2D, but that affected tenants are okay. […]

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97-Year Old Woman and Caretaker Critically Injured in Mott Street Blaze

Posted December 20, 2018 at 5:05 am

Yesterday afternoon, a three-alarm fire ripped through a Mott Street tenement in Chinatown, seriously injuring two residents. The fire sparked on the second floor of 113 Mott Street at 12:30pm, and quickly spread. Flames were seen shooting out the windows. It took a couple hours, but firefighters finally had the blaze under control by around […]

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