The Day | Three-Alarm Fire Injures Five, Displaces 34

Good morning, East Village.

The Post reports that a fire broke out last night on the second floor of an apartment building at 21 East Second Street, near Second Avenue, and spread across four stories: “The three-alarm inferno ran mostly through one shaft in the building and was difficult to put out because several of the apartments were heavily cluttered, the FDNY said.” According to the AP, the fire, which started around 11:30 a.m., wasn’t under control until 1:30 a.m. and two firefighters and three civilians were treated for minor injuries. NBC New York reports that about 30 adults and four children have been displaced and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

DNA Info reports that a car crash on Third Avenue and 14th Street left two people hurt early this morning.

Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin won’t have to sleep on that East Village (or is it Lower East Side?) couch anymore: The Daily News hears he has leased a two-bedroom apartment in… White Plains?

Capital New York profiles “reissue king” Josh Rosenthal, a former East Villager who relocated Tompkins Square Records, “one of the top reissue and compilation labels around,” to San Francisco a year ago.

The Times awards three stars to Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria. Pete Wells writes: “In truth, there were a dozen little tastes that made me fall for this restaurant, which opened on Great Jones Street four months ago and has become New York’s most complete realization so far of a powerful myth: the simple and convivial spot that tastes just like Italy.”

And the neighborhood will get a couple more Italian restaurants: Eater reports that Porcellino will open at 308 East Sixth street and an Italian spot will open in the Resto Leon space at 351 East 12th Street.

Grub Street lists the latest cocktail-inspired cupcakes at Jane’s Sweet Buns: “Champagne, pumpkin olive-oil, and chocolate cola, and each has a choice of frosting in flavors like Ramos gin fizz.”

The Times notes that “smoked ice cubes are falling into cocktails in Boston, California and, yes, Portland, Ore.” Last week The Local noted a trend of smoked and flaming drinks in the East Village, and the Dining section uncovers one more local mixologist playing with fire: “Greg Seider, owner of the Summit Bar in the East Village and a cocktail consultant, uses a secret ingredient he calls Bonfire (a Lapsang souchong nettle tincture) to season the Restoration, a drink at Le Bernardin made with butter-infused Calvados and caraway agave.”