2nd Avenue Explosion

Luxury 210 Bowery Ascends to Summit, Despite Past Stability Concerns

Posted November 1, 2016 at 5:09 am

It’s been over a year – if you can believe it – since 210 Bowery succumbed to stability issues. Recall that a brick wall in the basement collapsed and injured two contractors digging for an elevator shaft. No one was taking any chances on safety that day, especially in the wake of the 2nd Avenue […]

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‘STOMP’ is Staying Put at the Orpheum, but Must Cough up $2.2M Fine

Posted May 6, 2016 at 5:15 am

STOMP is staying put, after all. An arbitrator’s ruling in December prohibits termination of its lease. A year ago, the long-running production informed the landlord of the Orpheum that the production would leave the building for an unnamed theater in Times Square. Off Broadway going Broadway. The disheartening news came at a bad time – […]

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Three Months Later, the Lucky Bee is Finally Getting its Gas Turned on

Posted April 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

​The Lucky Bee opened eight weeks ago at 252 Broome Street, formerly occupied by Jin Sushi. Since then, the restaurant has been operating in force without the benefit of cooking gas, the hookup for which mustn’t be taken for granted in the wake of the Second Avenue Explosion. That might change this week, though. As […]

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Mosaic Man Embeds Lightpole Tribute to 2nd Avenue Explosion

Last modified April 1, 2016 at 9:00 am

Last Saturday was the first anniversary of the Second Avenue Explosion. To mark the occasion, local Councilwoman Rosie Mendez held a press conference outside the now-vacant lot. It was an opportunity for a moment of silence and also to announce the package of nine bills in City Council that call for tougher measures to prevent […]

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5 Arrested in Connection to the Fatal Second Avenue Explosion, Including Landlord [UPDATED]

Last modified February 11, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Justice is coming. Nearly a year later, the city is finally charging those responsible in the deadly Second Avenue Explosion last March. Five people were arrested this week in connection with the blast – building owners Maria Hrynenko and her son, Michael, plumber Jerry Inonandis, and general contractor Dilber Kukic are each charged with second degree […]

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B&H Dairy Owner Participating in New ‘East Village Tuesdays’ Series

Posted January 25, 2016 at 10:28 am

Tomorrow night, B&H Dairy owner Fawzy Abdelwahed will spin a yarn for area residents, as a part of the FAB x East Village Tuesdays series. “Telling his story,” as public materials say. Expect to hear about the struggles in the wake of the Second Avenue Explosion. Presented in part by Fourth Arts Block and the East Village […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Finding the Light on the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted December 23, 2015 at 9:21 am

Ed Higgins. An artist from the original Rivington School, considered an Anachaist art collective that took over abandoned lots to create artist spaces. The most well known was the one on Forsyth close to Rivington. They would find metal on the street and eventually would be welded together and make a high metal fence which surround […]

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Report: Gas Hookup Returning to 125 Second Avenue, Nine Months After Deadly Explosion

Posted December 11, 2015 at 10:10 am

The Second Avenue Explosion faded from the news cycle, but the effects will forever be felt. It’s still ground zero. There’s a fenced-off lot where the twin tenements stood and now an active memorial; B&H Dairy struggled (very publicly) to get back to business, a process that took months; the Stage Restaurant across the street […]

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Purported Boiler Meddling in 106 Rivington Basement Worries Neighbors

Posted October 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

The deadly explosion in Brooklyn over the weekend has some Lower East Side residents back home a bit worried, reinforcing fears of a repeat. And with good reason. 106 Rivington Street gave Hell Square a scare of its own last spring. The tenement building is owned by landlord Sam Wu, whose purported negligence is now […]

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Fung Tu is Still Without Gas After 7 Weeks

Posted September 1, 2015 at 5:14 am

Seven weeks. This past Friday marks the seven-week point that Fung Tu has been without gas at 22 Orchard Street. In fact, the whole building remains without connection. Owner Wilson Tang is keeping the restaurant open during this period, pulling stunts continue service; there is even a dedicated “No gas menu” which is now the status […]

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