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Here’s How You Can Help Victims of the 2nd Avenue Explosion [UPDATED]

Last modified March 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Thursday’s gas explosion on Second Avenue that resulted in the decimation of three East Village tenements is a tragedy that hits home. Fellow New Yorkers are banding together to assist during this crisis period. With a little help from DNAinfo, here’s how you can help those affected by the disaster. Pass it along, and drop us a line to let us know of […]

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Selfie Stick Makes Obnoxious Appearance at 2nd Avenue Explosion Site

Last modified March 28, 2015 at 11:08 am

This photo is sickening and appalling, but not too surprising. A bunch of girls taking a selfie outside the tragic blast site on 2nd Avenue. Two people are still reported missing and feared dead and dozens of residents are without homes, but at least this gaggle can share the memory on Instagram.

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‘Sopranos’ Star Drea de Matteo Lost Her Apartment in 2nd Avenue Explosion

Last modified March 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Until yesterday afternoon, Sopranos star Drea de Matteo owned a unit in the tenement at 123 Second Avenue. This address and two of its neighbors both collapsed into a pile of rubble due to the explosion in Sushi Park next door at 121 Second Avenue. It was a 7-alarm blaze. According to reports, de Matteo maintained […]

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Prelude to Hanksy’s ‘Best of the Worst’ on Delancey Street

Posted March 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

Hanksy and friends are almost finished transforming the spartan bank space at 104 Delancey into another funhouse for the “Best of the Worst” show. You wouldn’t even know that a Chase branch once operated in this spot. The whitebox nature of the space is redesigned, albeit temporarily. Promising to deliver a vibe akin to the […]

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Faulty Boiler in 106 Rivington Cellar Has Neighbors Worried

Last modified March 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm

The controversial commercial unit at 106 Rivington Street – an address that lives in infamy – is again in the news. And this time for something way more serious than a liquor license. Especially given the tragic gas-related explosion up on Second Avenue yesterday afternoon. We are told that emergency personnel responded to 106 Rivington […]

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Today in LES History: Senator Barack Obama Makes a Campaign Stop at Cooper Union

Posted March 27, 2015 at 8:12 am

On this day in… 2008 – Campaigning Illinois Senator Barack Obama took the stage at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. The then-presidential hopeful gave a speech about the economy, and proposed an additional $30 billion stimulus package to help during the downturn. Obama was introduced by Mayor Bloomberg. The event was highly symbolic, as Cooper Union […]

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Listen to Jeremiah Moss on WNYC Talking About #SaveNYC and Vanishing New York

Last modified March 27, 2015 at 9:42 am

The torrent of media coverage for the #SaveNYC campaign notched another huge get. Movement founder, and blogger extraordinaire Jeremiah Moss appeared on the “Brian Lehrer Show” yesterday. The candid, twenty-minute discussion was a great primer for the current commercial climate, and how the little guy is being forced from the Five Boroughs. It was also […]

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Douma Pizza and International Playground Vacate Belleagured Stanton Street Block

Posted March 27, 2015 at 5:10 am

Making ends meet near the junction of Stanton and the Bowery is pretty difficult. We’ve reported on this trend in the past. Now, within the last month, two of the block’s commercial anchors have vanished. And neighbors, at that. International Playground and Douma Pizza. International Playground shuttered at the end of February, and consolidated with its […]

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2nd Avenue Building Explosion Yesterday Sidelines Pomme Frites; B&H Dairy Remains Open [UPDATED]

Last modified March 27, 2015 at 10:30 am

Yesterday afternoon was a nightmare realized on Second Avenue in the East Village. As you probably heard, a gas-related explosion at roughly 3:30pm inside Sushi Park at 121 Second Avenue caused the building to collapse. The resultant 7-alarm blaze spread to the adjacent structures injuring 19 people. No fatalities reported as of this morning, but six […]

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Con Edison Issues Statement Regarding Building Explosion on 2nd Avenue Today

Last modified March 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Here is the statement from Con Edison regarding the devastating explosion on 2nd Avenue today. A dozen were injured, but thus far, no fatalities reported. Two buildings already collapsed though, 121-123 2nd Avenue. Apparently the public utility had been onsite conducting an inspection to “evaluate the work the building plumber was doing inside 121 2nd Avenue […]

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