February 1, 2003
The church bells here in Greenpoint have just chimed noon. I woke this morning to see smoke billowing past my bedroom window. I couldn't tell what the source was for sure, but it seemed to be coming from an apartment in the building next door. Threw on some clothes and headed outside to see that indeed, there was a rush of smoke or steam pouring out a second floor window. Not wanting to overreact, I came home and climbed out on my fire escape. The smoke smelled like laundry. Just dryer exhaust, I'm guessing. Glad I didn't call the FDNY.