Walking through Union Square this morning, we noted the closure of 17th Street. What gives? We'll tell you: a fire gutted the five-story building at 21 East 17th Street, near Broadway. According to PropertyShark, there are no residences in the building, just commercial, including a kitchen supply store at ground level. The fire dudes on the ground said they were checking for structural damage, and there's a chance the building could come down. Bartha bidding war, anyone?
· Blaze leaves Union Sq. building uninhabitable [7online.com]