Published: NY Times, September 30, 2003

LET'S dwell a bit on New York and the Mahatma. We're talking about Mohandas K. Gandhi, and not someone closer to home who had the same nickname, Branch Rickey, onetime owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers (requiescat in pace).

But first a short trip must be made to Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where Engine Company 212 sits forlorn.

Engine 212, you will remember, was one of six firehouses closed in May to save money for the threadbare municipal treasury. Some people in Williamsburg put their bodies on the line in a failed attempt to keep the firehouse doors open, and soon found themselves under arrest.

Shutting a firehouse