Grenfell Tower: Keeping it Cheap, at all Costs

Please click the link below to read the latest information made public about financial shortcuts taken with Grenfell Tower renovations.  Grenfell Tower is the low-rent residential building in London which burned on May 15, killing many of its residents. Evidently, a government regulatory agency allowed inexpensive cladding panels to be used when it was clear the materials heightened the building’s fire risk.  The party responsible for costs saved approximately £300,000 GBP, or about $392,000 USD. Please read the article in its entirety.  The last paragraph describes instructions residents received in advance on how to protect their safety in the event … Continue reading Grenfell Tower: Keeping it Cheap, at all Costs

Serbian Orthodox Cathedral In NYC Burns

On Sunday, shortly after Orthodox Easter services, a fire began at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral Of Saint Sava on West 25th Street. With the exception of the outer walls, the building was destroyed. Please don’t say this doesn’t affect you.  We can suffer a domino effect from almost any tragedy, and if you read enough about the history of this particular location you’ll find something which should make an impression — if you read literature. I’ll include links to the N.Y. Times article on the fire, as well as a history page from the cathedral’s own website.  It’s impressive that the … Continue reading Serbian Orthodox Cathedral In NYC Burns

Heavy Smoke From Fire In Midtown Manhattan

A two alarm fire broke out near Penn Station in New York City today (Saturday). According to the NBC affiliate in New York, the fire began at 4:40 p.m. (EST) in a five-story building at 316 W. 36th Street. Although the fire was extinguished soon after FDNY arrived, bystanders reported heavy smoke. has a report on the fire, including screenshots of photographs posted online by the public.  A link to Gothamist’s story appears below. Continue reading Heavy Smoke From Fire In Midtown Manhattan