From The New York Shitty Inbox: Exploding Manhole & A Shooting On Bedford Avenue?

A fellow we’ll call “G” writes:

About 9:15 Outside the Lucky Dog… Firefighter said a transformer blew and the flames shot out a manhole cover, hit the bottom of a BMW. Guy who hangs out at the barber shop on S. 2nd says it’s his friend’s, wasn’t fully insured… hope Con Ed or National Grid are on the hook.

The locals helped redirect traffic until the firefighters and cops got there, and the poor drunk hipsters at the Lucky Dog were locked inside for an hour before the firefighters cleared them out.

While we’re on the subject of Bedford Avenue, there was apparently a shooting in the wee hours on North 9th Street just west on Bedford Avenue (THINK: behind Kasia’s). Accounts vary as to whether the victim survived or not. If/when I get more details I’ll post them here. Otherwise, if you have the 411 as to what happened please shoot me an email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Your identity will remain anonymous if you so desire. Thanks!

UPDATE, July 30, 2012: I have received word that Consolidated Edison is going to compensate bicycle owners whose rides were destroyed as a result of this incident. This is a good first step. Nonetheless, I hope they conduct a thorough investigation into exactly what happened and will share their findings with the public.

UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: you can read the New York Daily News’s take on what happened by clicking here. The good (?) news: while listed in critical condition, the victim is expected to pull through.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Here’s another account of the fire in front of Lucky Dog.

Lest I have not made this clear: When I post missives from my inbox— especially when it involves an eyewitness of an event— I pretty much leave them “as is”. Their content/wording does not (and in fact, often) does not reflect my personal views of the subject at hand. I was not present when the manhole explosion occurred and by all accounts it sounds pretty terrifying— especially for those who had to wait on the premises of the Lucky Dog for over an hour until our Bravest got matters under control.

Do I necessarily like “G’s” how “G” relayed this event? No, not really. However, that was what I was sent and I opted to leave his/her words in intact. Perhaps this was mistake on my part? I am always open to reader feedback— but having someone wish I die of AIDS? Methinks this is going a bit too far. What’s more, it is against the law.


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  1. MaineBarnCat on Sun, 29th Jul 2012 9:51 am
  2. Methinks Kristena is showing more of her condition at tweet time than she planned.

  3. missheather on Sun, 29th Jul 2012 11:23 am
  4. It’s probably just a lot of unfocused anger and lack of sleep. Still, I have to wonder if she has ever known someone who is living with or died of HIV. Sad.

  5. rwood on Mon, 30th Jul 2012 10:19 am
  6. While it is true that you typically post emails unaltered, it is also true that the emails you post are consistently of the anti- “hipster”, anti- gentrification, anti-anything-but-keeping-everything-exactly-the-way-I-once-liked-it viewpoint.

    At some point you have to acknowledge that by posting all these emails so consistently “on message” you are de facto representing these views.

    Moreover, while you don’t alter messages that you post, you often do inline comments, which you never have done to disavow this type of rhetoric in the comments that you often post.

    Lastly, While the last line of “Kristena’s” email was tasteless and lamentable, the rest of her email was spot on.

    It isn’t that I am necessarily challenging the anti-“any change that negatively impacts me” viewpoint. I just don’t think you should hide behind the facade of “I am just posting other peoples email”. Even if you openly espoused the view that I personally vehemently disagree with, I would personally still follow your blog as you often talk about a lot of issues I personally care deeply about (city mismanagement of resources etc…)… that and I love your pictures.

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