Friday, May 22, 2009
East Broadway and Allen/Pike Street are still closed, a week after the fire at the Hong Kong Market. The building next door to the fire has already been demolished and 107 is in process of being torn down. 105, 103 and 99 will be assessed for demolition next, according to councilmember Gerson's office. Meanwhile the businesses on that cordoned-off block are dying and there appears to be no effort to shore-up these buildings to save them. 109 and 107 were small 150-year-old 4-story row houses. But 105, 103 and 99 are much younger 6-story buildings with many more units in them. In what other neighborhood would land be cleared with so little interest in protecting residents and small businesses?