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167 and Findlay

A Lot, I mean A LOT of Fires

Findlay Avenue and 167th Street is a pretty ordinary block. Would you want to live here? Maybe, maybe not. So, you probably want to know what life is like on Findlay. Iíll tell you. For starters itís well near transportation. The Bx1, Bx2, Bx32, Bx35, and the Bx41 are the public buses nearby. Not to mention near trains, too. The former C train, B, and D train lines. On hot summer days the water hydrants be on, for some cool enjoyment. Woo-hoo! If you live on Findlay, youíre going to experience a lot, I mean A LOT of fires. There have been approximately three or four fires in my building since Iíve lived there. Iíve always hated fires. Thank God that there havenít been any fires in my apartment. The weirdest fire that has ever occurred was the electrical one. There was a green Chevy Cavalier parked on the street. Then all of a sudden, smoke was coming out of the hood or the car. Pretty weird, right? Then whammo, a car nowhere near the van burst up into flames. I never understood it. Cars surrounding it were unaffected. Oh well. Things happen. Electrical power was restored later on in the night. How do these fires start? Sometimes accidents, but mostly from cigarettes and fights. Animal life on Findlay is brought down to the main clincher. Pigeons, sparrows, cats, and rats. Occasionally you will find a stray dog roaming the streets. The plant life on Findlay is pretty normal too. The trees bloom petunias and violets in the spring. But in the summer they die.

The story was posted on 2004-06-01