A fire broke out at 293 Graham Avenue in Williamsburg this afternoon. The three-story residential building appeared to sustain little damage, although 60 firefighters responded, prompting one bystander to ask, “Is this a show of force? Show those fires what they’re up against?” An FDNY spokesperson told Bedford + Bowery the fire was placed under control at 4:45 p.m., about a half-hour after it began. Its cause is currently under investigation.
City public advocate Bill de Blasio rocketed into second place in the latest mayoral poll. Sure, it could be a sign that New Yorkers are tired of Anthony “Danger Zone” Weiner’s cock-shot proclivities, but might Blasio’s open courting of “the Williamsburg vote” have something to do with his rise? [Daily Intelligencer]
Speaking of Williamsburg: there might be something akin to Chelsea Market coming to 109 South 5th Street. [Curbed]
Fast food workers from Wendy’s and McDonald’s protested in Union Square and the Financial District yesterday. [Grub Street]
Bushwick creatives are finding suitably creative ways to pay off student loan debt, by organizing Debtfair, an art fair at which buyers write checks to lending companies in exchange for work. [Debtfair]
Do you pine for that monthlong backpacking trip you took across Europe after you graduated college? You can relive one small part of it in Bushwick, where French bistro Mominette is hosting Jazz and Absinthe Tuesdays. [Brooklyn Based]
Photographer Max Dworkin took some cool shots of the abandoned, soon-to-be-demolished Domino Sugar Refinery. [Greenpointers]
Regarding the seemingly excessive numbers of fire fighters: these buildings are old wood-frame, many with illegal back buildings. If one goes up in flames, the entire block could go as well. Fires in these buildings spread fast.