New York City was battered by all of the elements Monday night and in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. After the flooding and winds from Hurricane Sandy reached their peak Monday evening, storm-related fires broke out throughout the five boroughs. The Observer was on the scene for two of these blazes in Brooklyn.
When we showed up at a paper recycling warehouse on 5th Street and 2nd Avenue shortly just before 9 p.m. firefighters had already put out the flames. We asked Tom McCarthy, an FDNY battalion chief based in Red Hook, if he knew how many fires the department was dealing with in Brooklyn.
“The borough is alive, I’ll put it that way,” he said. “Numerous fires.”