I’m a former New Yorker who used to pay big rent for a tiny apartment. So I should have recoiled in horror watching the city’s fire department torch 20 perfectly good homes on Governors Island in the harbor. But I didn’t — because it’s money well spent.
The fire department is called “New York’s Bravest” ever since the 9/11 terrorist attack killed hundreds of their brothers who rushed into the World Trade Center to save lives. And in trying to figure out a way to save more lives, including their own, they stuffed those 20 homes with plastic-filled furniture, probably like the kind which decorates your house, and set them ablaze to see how hot they would burn and the best way to cool them down. (continue reading…)