Massive fire destroys Greenpoint recycling plant

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A massive fire tore through a Greenpoint newspaper recycling plant overnight on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, leaving plumes of acrid smoke hanging over the neighborhood.

The fire at Rapid Processing Recycling Plant, which is on the corner of Humboldt Street and Greenpoint Avenue, started just after 7 pm on Tuesday night. The blaze drew 169 firefighters from 39 units as it raged through the night, completely destroying the facility. Firefighters finally got it under control at 8:49 am on Wednesday, but continued to douse hot spots throughout the day. Neighbors say they could see and smell the conflagration half a mile away.

“It really stunk,” said Greenpoint resident Michael Hoffman.

Hoffman said that neighbors have been encouraging each other to call 311 to ask the city to test for toxins in the ashes of the plant.

“That stuff will stay around for life,” said Hoffman. “We need to know what is in there.”

One firefighter suffered a minor injury while battling the blaze, according to a fire official.

The fire department is still investigating the cause of the inferno.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
wow! what a terrible ACCIDENT. Shocking how ACCIDENTS like this happen in the middle of the night on weekdays. I am sure they will rebuild this recycling center just like it was before instead of putting in some GENTRIFICATION housing. good thing this ACCIDENT is not just a ploy to replace something good and useful with GENTRIFICATION HOUSING.
March 19, 2014, 7:55 pm
Notorious N.E.D from Greenpoint says:
I think you've cracked the case Swampy!! The owner (and obvious hipster) Cosimo Damiano Tristani decided to burn down his privately owned business with 20 workers inside, hope that no one died or sued him, so he could then duck the police and insurance investigators, and collect the insurance money and build condos in an IBZ? Is that about right?

You've really got a beautiful mind Swampy. I encourage you to get in touch with the 94th precinct ASAP.
March 19, 2014, 8:55 pm
The Duke from Flatbush says:
It smelled pretty awful last night on the East Side because of this fire. I was walking down !st Ave around 34th Street, and it was burning my eyes.
March 20, 2014, 12:30 am
NYPD from NY says:
SwampYankee = Idiot with a keyboard
March 20, 2014, 9:02 am
ty from pps says:
Wait! Isn't this where Tal Barzilai said he worked?
March 20, 2014, 3:46 pm
Joe from Green point says:
Too bad cosimo is dead so I doubt he did it
March 22, 2014, 5:01 pm
Joe from Green point says:
Try the other garbage companies or recycling places in the area
March 22, 2014, 5:04 pm
Mort says:
Yes. What's the equivalent of Jewish Lightening in the waste business? Italian thunder?
March 23, 2014, 10:25 pm
joe from green point says:
yea Italian thunder with a lighted match or towel.

doing it old school
March 25, 2014, 8:19 am
Willie from Maspeth says:
The insurance money was used to buy the garbage company around the corner from them. Figure itnout
Jan. 5, 2015, 10:17 pm
Jayson from Brooklyn says:
Bunch of morons on here who do not know anything about the company.. Including the last guy about ins money and buying the garbage company around the block LOL...
March 5, 2016, 2:10 pm

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