In the News: Basement Fire Leads to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

••• A fire in the Amish Market basement led to carbon monoxide poisoning on the ground floor. “The FDNY said it was possibly caused by a faulty oil burner. Twenty people are being treated. There are 17 minor injuries, three serious and one critical.” (Photo courtesy Geoff Bailey.) —CBS New York UPDATE: “Thirty-four people are injured after a fire erupted in Tribeca high-rise Tuesday morning, causing high levels of carbon monoxide in the area, according to the fire department.” —PIX11

••• “A suspicious package was also found in the area, NYPD officials say, but additional details were not provided.” —PIX11 UPDATE: “35 people are injured after a suspicious package that was opened in a basement of West Broadway & Murray St inside Tribeca.” —NYC Scanner

••• UDPATE [AND THIS APPEARS TO BE DEFINITIVE]: It was a broken boiler pipe in the basement. “Fire officials say the high carbon monoxide levels were detected inside the ground floor market and above floors which include a gym and more than a hundred residential units. […] The incident was originally thought to be related to a box of salad bowls that was being treated as a suspicious package, but investigators later determined that was not the case. “‘A male worker was opening up the box, and about 10 feet away there was a female worker by the bathroom that fainted, and he associated her fainting with the opening of that box, not knowing that it was actually carbon monoxide,’ said NYPD Chief of Department William Aubrey.” —NY1

••• Fraunces Tavern has reopened (after being closed by the Department of Health). —Crain’s

••• The Architect’s Newspaper reminds everyone to check out Daniel Buren’s show at Bortolami gallery before it closes June 24. Also, I was told that the stripes on the exterior columns are permanent, but this article says they’ll be removed in 2021. UPDATE: “2021 is when the permit ends for the façade alteration,” says a rep from the gallery. “Because of the historic designation, Tribeca East Historic District, we had to apply for a city permit to install the stripes on the front columns.” (James found a permit that’s only good for a year. The truth is out there, but I’ve run out of curiosity.)

••• “Version 2.0 of the 9/11 Tribute Museum Tells the Story Like Never Before, But Also Aims to Inspire and Make a Difference.” —Broadsheet


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  1. The stripes at 39 Walker Street are short term, not to exceed 1 year, per the LPC permit PMW-19-10353 issued 4/12/2017. (4/12/2021 is merely the expiration date of the permit to do the work.)

    “The approved work consists of exterior alterations at the Walker Street façade, including temporarily applying black adhesive vinyl on the front side of five (5) cast iron columns, as part of a temporary installation of artwork, as shown in existing condition photographs, a photomontage, a written statement, and a letter from the artist and owner, dated April 2017, prepared by Bortolami Gallery, and submitted as components of the application.


    “the duration of the temporary installation will be for a single period not to exceed one (1) calendar year or less; that the installation will cause no damage to protected architectural features of the propery; that an acceptable plan and time schedule for the dismantling of the property has been submitted to the Commission as a component of the application, along with specifications for any repair work that might be required after dismantling of the property; and that a written instrument signed by the artist and the building owner has been submitted that evidences the owner’s authority to remove the artwork when the temporary installation permit expires and that waives any protection under applicable federal or state law afforded to the artist or artwork that would prevent such removal at the expiration of the temporary permit, including but not limited to, the visual artists rights act of 1990, 17 u.s.c. 101 et seq. and article 14 of the new york state law on arts and cultural affairs.”