Stations of the Cross Pageant on the Lower East Side.
Other folks got much better footage of this sadness. I thought it best to keep my distance and not breathe any of the smoke. The whole neighborhood stinks of it this evening.
What a heroic thing to do, climb up that fire escape to search for people who needed help before the FDNY got there. The guy just barely gets out of there alive, with flames licking at him just as he reaches the sidewalk? He’s as cool as an action hero. Amazing footage from Troy Hinson.
Danny Schechter, known as the News Dissector, died of pancreatic cancer yesterday at the age of 72. I was sad to hear this, he was an intrepid investigative reporter and a fighter for human rights. He will be missed. I interviewed him during the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zucotti Park in 2011.
A trip along the East River to see the clouds coming from the steam stacks over the Con Edison steam generation plant on 14th Street. I had fun cutting the footage to some creepy background music from audionautix.com. It’s a pretty cool site, it has tons of Creative Commons Licensed cinematic style music. They are free to use for any purpose as long as you credit the site. The Steam plant provides heat for many buildings in the area as well as generate electricity.