There is a giant fire about a mile from my house that has been going since this morning in an old warehouse, releasing who knows what scary chemicals into the air that I breathe. I have become recently interested and scared of the air quality in my neighborhood. I walked by a mural about ashtma the other day, that has many scary figures, one being that the air quality in Williamsburg because of things like old factories, is 60 times worse than the national average.
Riding the JMZ home over the Williamsburg Bridge, I saw it from afar. Seemingly all of North Williamsburg and Greenpoint is hidden underneath a menacing black cloud of smoke. I can vaguely smell the fire from my neighborhood, and have closed my windows, really afraid of whatever that smoke contains.