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Manhole Fire Erupts on Canal Street, Engulfing Pickup Truck

Last modified September 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm

Fire Department first responders and Emergency vehicles from Con Edison have been on Canal Street the last 45 minutes dealing with an electrical situation below the street. It’s pretty bad, apparently. A pickup truck parked outside Dimes Deli caught fire after a blaze erupted in a manhole beneath. Firefighters quickly extinguished. This is likely related […]


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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Fire-Felled Black Crescent Held Hostage by DOB and Con Edison

Posted August 26, 2015 at 5:10 am

If you still miss Black Crescent on Clinton Street, blame the alphabet soup of city agencies. The seafood restaurant is itching to get back in the game seven months after a basement fire sidelined the business. Yet, it’s held hostage by the Department of Buildings and Con Edison for the sign-off on gas. In an update, […]

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Cafe El Portal Closed Due to Alleged ‘Gas Leak’ at 174 Elizabeth Street

Posted April 29, 2015 at 5:18 am

Cafe El Portal on Elizabeth Street is closed for the duration. A hodgepodge of notices, both city-issued and handwritten, are pasted to the downstairs entrance to explain the closure. It’s complicated. Of note is the sign blaming a “gas leak” for the mandatory closure. With all the paranoia in the air from the Second Avenue […]

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Samy Mahfar Slapped with Stop-Work Order for Gas System at 22 Spring Street

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:22 pm

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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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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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 […]


Today in LES History: Forerunner of Con Edison Receives its Charter from the State

Posted March 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

On this day in… 1823 – The New York Gas Light Company received its charter from the State Legislature. Headquartered at 102 Centre Street, the utility was tasked with replacing the whale-oil street lamps which were common since the 1760s. Their reach was the territory south of Grand Street. The advent of electric lighting in […]

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Report: Trapped Construction Worker Extricated from Hole on Grand Street

Last modified March 11, 2018 at 12:18 am

A construction worker at the foot of Seward Park found himself stuck in a hole not too long ago. According to “officials” quoted by PIX11, the man was briefly trapped in a worksite trench on Grand Street, buried up to his waist in sediment. FDNY Rescue and Collapse units and EMS Rescue Medics rushed to the […]


Pies ‘n’ Thighs Hopes to Open its Lower East Side Outpost on January 15

Posted January 6, 2015 at 9:23 am

A year of construction, anticipation, and hype culminates next week when Pies ‘n’ Thighs is purported to unveil its new Lower East Side outpost. Calls to the OG Brooklyn restaurant confirm the opening date at 43 Canal Street as January 15. They’re “pretty sure” about this. Pies ‘n’ Thighs probably would’ve debuted sooner, but Con […]

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