Yesterday morning, a four-alarm fire broke out in Astoria, damaging a few stores on Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street and suspending subway service temporarily. Dan Dickinson has some photos showing that among the damaged stores is the restaurant Thirty One (here's NY Magazine's mention of its opening). The Daily News says that Twin Donut employees noticed smoke coming from Thirty One. As it happens, City Councilman Peter Vallone has an office across the street; Vallone said that while the damage was upsetting, at least no one was seriously hurt. Here, here.
Photograph by Dan Dickinson