Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Greenpoint Terminal Market Fire Photos

Incredible photos have been posted this morning of our favorite spot in Greenpoint, the Greenpoint Terminal Market, being destroyed by a spectacular blaze. The photo to the right is part of the stream posted by finstr. Also an incredible set posted by teinmao. A lot of others pop up under the greenpoint tag.

Where are all the bands and models going to go for photo shoots now?

Looks like the fire started in a building that has noticably deteriorated over the last year. Gowanus Lounge had photographed the complex again two weeks ago, noticing that the roof had collapsed since he was last there. (If you were unfamiliar with the neighborhood and thought a stroll down West Street was creepy before, just wait until you see it post-fire.)

So much for converting the buildings to condos. The fire would seem to, um, clear the way for parkland or for highrises in whose way the Terminal Market would have stood if it had remained standing.

As the day goes on, it gets curiouser and curiouser. See Curbed for New York City real estate development chronicler extraordinare Lockhart Steele's report on the Greenpoint District Terminal highrise plan that includes 2.6 million square feet of space, and originally called for preservation of some of the existing structures. (Do you think the developer is happy or sad today?)

We await the FDNY's determination of the cause of the blaze.

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