Barney Greengrass outdoor dining area damaged by arson

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) – A suspected arsonist started several fires on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Thursday morning, including one that damaged the outdoor dining area of ​​a famous Jewish grocery store.

Five small fires were started between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., officials said. One damaged the outdoor dining area of ​​the Barney Greengrass Jewish grocery store located at 541 Amsterdam Avenue.

“Barney Greengrass is a beloved Upper West Side Jewish grocery store that has been an institution for generations. Now it was hit by arson just before Passover. Horrible,” Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine wrote on Twitter. “Let’s all make sure to stop by and shop in the next few days.

No injuries were reported in the fires, officials said. The arson remains under investigation.

“They’re going to try to solve the case and try to figure out who did this. Of course, it’s not isolated. They do a lot of damage,” owner Gary Greengrass said.

Firefighters responded to the following fires in the series of arson attacks on Thursday morning:

  • 5:07 a.m. — 86th Street and Broadway subway station, trash fire
  • 5:23 a.m. — Broadway and West 70th Street subway station, trash fire
  • 5:26 a.m. — 203 West 87th Street, outdoor fire
  • 5:38 a.m. — Amsterdam Avenue and West 87th Street, fire in outdoor dining area
  • 5:51 a.m. – 96th Street and Broadway, outdoor trash fire

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