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What Will Replace the Lost Buildings on the 2nd Avenue Explosion Site?

Posted April 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

Too soon? Yes. It’s shitty, but one of the common utterances we heard from people in the immediate aftermath of the explosion on Second Avenue last week was regarding the property itself. Real estate speculation; that developers were probably foaming at the mouth with the soon-to-be-available corner parcel. A spot in what many consider the “heart” […]

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Tickets are on Sale for the 5th Annual Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island

Posted April 1, 2015 at 8:32 am

Spring is here (but not really), and the fifth annual Governors Ball music festival is fast approaching. It will once again take over Randall’s Island for three days chock full of good tunes, quality eats, unique art installations, and some serious boho hair flair. Get ready. This year’s festival piggybacks on the vibe of past years’ programming, running the […]

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Family of 2nd Avenue Explosion Victim Nicholas Figueroa Crowdfunding to ‘Give This Young Man What He Deserves’

Posted April 1, 2015 at 5:16 am

On Sunday afternoon, rescue workers discovered two bodies in the wreckage of the 2nd Avenue explosion site. Of the two people unaccounted for on that day, one has been positively identified as 23-year old Nicholas Figueroa. The youngster graduated from Buffalo State College just three months ago, and had been on a lunch date at Sushi […]

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Contractors Break Through Manhattan Bridge Bulwark for Forsyth Street Plaza 

Last modified April 1, 2015 at 11:07 am

The Forsyth Street Plaza entered its first phase of development around this time last week, Tuesday being the official kickoff. Construction site regulars like traffic barriers, backhoes, and other sundries are now in place for the interim. Step one, the steps… Indeed, the first order of business is punching passage through the massive masonry at […]

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Samy Mahfar Slapped with Stop-Work Order for Illegal ‘Gas Tapping’ at 22 Spring Street

Posted April 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

It would appear that the Department of Buildings is on a defensive, yet proactive footing in the wake of the deadly explosion on Second Avenue last week. Allegedly tampering with gas lines at 22 Spring Street is proving problematic for SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar), yet potentially dangerous for tenants. In a swift follow-up to […]

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Essex Crossing Lays Waste to Essex Street Market in Week 3 of Demolition [PHOTOS]

Posted March 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

As demolition activities enter a third week, the Essex Street Market warehouse south of Delancey is pretty much a pile of rubble and twisted metal. Little from the original structure remains, except for the 75-year-old iron skeleton. This temporary junkyard is SPURA site 2, the Essex Crossing parcel heralded by developers as “The Gateway” to […]

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14-Year Old Boy Went Missing on Hester Street Over the Weekend

Posted March 31, 2015 at 9:15 am

Police are looking for a 14-year old boy who went missing on March 28, at about 12:30pm. Alexander Lin was last seen inside the residential 48 Hester Street, which is just across the street from CAAAV. He was in the confines of the 7th Precinct at the time. According to the CAAAV Facebook page,  Lin has a […]

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Today in LES History: Television Debuts at CBGB on the Bowery

Last modified April 1, 2015 at 12:42 am

On this day in… 1974 – The seminal rock/punk/alternative band Television began their Sunday night residency at CBGB, a former Bowery dive bar where band members built a stage for their debut performance. Here is an excerpt from a piece that NYU professor Bryan Waterman wrote last year on the fortieth anniversary of the event… Although […]

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This Jeep was Parked Beside the 2nd Avenue Explosion Site

Posted March 31, 2015 at 5:18 am

This Jeep was crushed in the aftermath of the explosion on Second Avenue last week. The vehicle was pulled from the debris and relocated a couple blocks south. Sitting on a cordoned-off stretch of pavement, it was on display the past couple days. CDs still in the sun visor, jacket in the trunk, and to-go […]

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