Diner Fire Irony: 'Rescue Me'
Was Shooting Across the Street
We headed back over to 206 Kent Avenue this afternoon to survey what's left of poor old Miss Brooklyn, and found pretty much what we expected. The interior of the fine old diner is completely gutted. Not sure when the owners of "718" gave up on it, but based on the missing counter stools and no sign of kitchen equipment, we'd say the restaurant had been closed for some time.
A musician who'd been rehearsing in the basement of 210 Kent said he thought that the 'Monster Island' building had been spared, save for the windows that had been broken out by firemen. He also mentioned that when his band left the studio at 1:30 am, there was no sign of fire yet, adding "It was lucky - they were filming something over on the corner, so there were a bunch of cops already there." He pointed across the intersection of Kent Ave and Metropolitan, about 80 feet from the burned-out diner.
We'd noticed a couple of leftover 'no parking / film permit' signs about a block away, so we went back and checked it out: sure enough, Denis Leary's FX drama Rescue Me - based on NYC firefighting - had been shooting within spitting distance, perhaps just minutes before the real thing went down.
That leaves two questions:
1. Since no one was hurt, can we call it 'firony'? Or would that just be wrong?
2. When is groundbreaking for the Miss Williamsburg Condos?
More photos of the aftermath [Flickr]