Apparent arson destroys N.Y. kosher market set to reopen


(JTA) — An apparent arson attack destroyed a renovated kosher supermarket in New York City that was set to reopen.

The Seasons market in the Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood of Queens reportedly was set alight early Monday morning, during the Passover holiday. The attack ruined the inventory and destroyed most of the building, at least two Jewish websites reported. The New York Police Department is investigating the incident.

Security cameras showed two men pouring flammable liquid into vent covers on the building’s roof and setting it alight, according to the websites. The sprinkler system activated and doused the store all day, until the end of the holiday, flooding the supermarket. 

Seasons had been scheduled to reopen Wednesday. It has three other branches: on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, as well as in suburban Scarsdale in Westchester County and Lawrence on Long Island.

A message posted on the store’s Facebook page Wednesday read, "Thank you to all of you who have expressed their concerns. Your outpouring of support is greatly appreciated."

Recommended from JTA