February 6, 2008
Among Yesterday's Other Spectacles, A Fire On Bleecker Street
Out and about yesterday, gelato cone in hand, strolling Bleecker Street with the celebrating NY Giants fans, I smelled a delicious barbecue. Unfortunately, it was not part of the Super Tuesday New York Giants Mardi Gras celebration, but a fire in the building that houses Indian Taj on Bleecker Street.
Many people gathered to watch the firemen tear out the roof. The intersection of Bleecker and Macdougal near the fire comes as close to the heart of the Village as any one place, so I'm glad that the firemen saved the historic block from complete ruin. The history of the Village is fragile.
I've dined at Indian Taj. The food is good, and the servers are gracious, so I hope they'll be back in business again soon. Pinkberry, the trendy gelato place next door, should already be back in action.
Given the popularity of firemen among children, many were enthralled by the truck, the red lights, and their hero figures in full gear.