On Friday night, the Bushwick performance space and artist community Silent Barn suffered a fire on the building’s third floor while a concert took place downstairs.

All residents and concertgoers were safely evacuated, but the third-floor apartment where the fire started — one of four units that house nine members of the Silent Barn community — was ruined. Smoke and water damaged the other apartment and the downstairs performance space.

The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical malfunction, according to a post on the venue’s website.


This row of buildings on Bushwick Avenue keeps catching fire! The sad story of the one in the middle, at 1138 Bushwick Avenue, illustrates the dangers of owning property next to an abandoned wreck.

The gray and white row house on the right above, No. 1138, was almost done with its renovation following a fire in September when the house next door at 1140, above left, caught fire again Tuesday. When we stopped by to see the damage yesterday morning, inspectors were surveying the wreckage.

We suspect both fires were caused by vagrants, whom we have seen sitting on the stoop of 1140 Bushwick Avenue on many occasions over years.


Image source: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports about a fire in Rockaway Park, “a two-block commercial strip of more than a dozen buildings continued to burn Wednesday afternoon.” The situation was ghastly for everyone:

“The fire started Monday evening, residents said, but like the devastating fire nearby in Breezy Point that leveled more than 100 homes, the blaze at Rockaway Park went unchecked that night for hours as firefighters were hampered by floodwaters.”


Image source: WNYC

Two places that got hit particularly hard during Hurricane Sandy were LIC and the Rockaways. Breezy Point was particularly hard hit (it is located on the west side of the Rockaway peninsula, and the western tip is known for its excellent birdwatching oportunities) with water and wind and fires. This morning, one woman we met from Sunnyside said that her parents’ house down there was not destroyed by fire (the fire stopped about 100 feet away from the house) but that the house was moved off its foundation by the water and wind.

It’s a heartbreaking scene down there. 111 homes burned to the ground, according to CBS. This image below is incredible – click to enlarge.

This aerial photo shows burned-out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough New York after a fire on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The tiny beachfront neighborhood told to evacuate before Sandy hit New York burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters, transforming a quaint corner of the Rockaways into a smoke-filled debris field. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)


Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Bob Turner in happier times

We were sorry to read in Business Insider about US Representative Bob Turner’s home in Breezy Point, which burned down during Hurricane Sandy. Our condolences go out to the congressman and his family. Losing one’s home – by fire, storm, earthquake, whatever – is a terrible thing to experience.