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Location of the fire (Source: Google maps)

Location of the fire (Source: Google maps)

A fire broke out in a residential building at 231 Brighton 2nd Lane just after midnight this morning, lighting up the Brighton Beach skyline.

The two-alarm fire ripped through an unoccupied two-story dwelling, and took firefighters nearly an hour to bring under control. The building has been empty since Superstorm Sandy swept through, and there were no injuries.

For residents of nearby buildings, the blaze lit up the block and provided onlookers with a stomach-wrenching view. Reader Nikira shared the above photo with us that shows the size of the fire. Below, we’ve enlarged a portion of the photo.


A pink dress on Voorhies Avenue, as depicted by artist Nikira. Image source:

We haven’t posted anything about our local watercolor wonder and moleskin mayven, artist Nikira, since early 2010. It’s high time that change.

Nikira — real name: Irina Chtypel — illustrated, and posted on an arresting still life of a sexy, pink cocktail dress draped on a garment stand outside of the haute couture shop Lace & Satin, located at 1719 Voorhies Avenue just off Sheepshead Bay Road. The dress ‘pops’ against an otherwise monotonous backdrop.

A few words from Nikira on about her creation:

Dress. Brooklyn, Sheepshead bay. It was striking and unexpected to see that vulnerable feminine dress on the winter street. I used ink and few Kuretake brush pens. Scanner didn’t pick up variety of blue.

You can see more of Nikira’s amazing work here, here, and here.

Another beauty from Nikira’s moleskine.

Another watercolor wonder from Nikira, who we previously featured for her portrayal of Manhattan Beach.

We stumbled across this cute watercolor of Manhattan Beach – that’s Kingsborough Community College in the background – and thought we’d share it with you. The art comes to you courtesy of Nikira, who has a lot of really awesome New York scenes sketched and painted into her little Moleskin book. Check it out; you’ll be glad you did.