Wednesday, April 1, 2015
2nd Avenue update (April 1)
[Photo by Caroleen Stewart]
The latest headlines
East Village explosion might have followed attempt to hide gas siphoning (The New York Times)
"A number of law enforcement sources said Tuesday the investigation could take several weeks and possibly a year to learn what caused the explosion and whether criminal charges are warranted." (Newsday)
Palisades woman owns building that exploded in East Village (News 12 Westchester)
Co-worker opens up about final moments with man believed dead in blast (NY1)
Single mom of three loses rent-stabilized apartment in East Village explosion (WPIX)
Taqueria Diana, San Loco, Paul's, Bar Virage all back open (Eater)
Here is information gleaned from the most recent (dated yesterday) Inter-Agency Update:
• Search and recovery operation is transitioning into evidence gathering and collection
• FDNY members continue to spot check debris, but full sifting is concluding
• Approximately 30 firefighters remain on site
• Marshals investigation continues
• A bus lane is now open on the East side of Second Avenue
Donations and Services
• Today from noon to 4:30 pm., parishioners from the Church of the Nativity, 44 Second Ave. between East Second Street and East Third Street, will be distributing donations to displaced residents. Details in our previous post.
• From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, Velselka is giving out $100 gift cards to displaced residents.
• The 14th Street Y is offering displaced residents and their families six months of membership. Details here.
• As we noted on Sunday, Theater for the New City on First Avenue is offering FREE clothing from their costume collection ("costume" street wear) to its neighbors displaced by the explosion. They have coats, jackets and other clothing. Call 212-254-1109 to make an appointment.
• Professor Thom's is hosting another fundraiser for their Second Avenue neighbors. Tomorrow night from 6-10, a donation at the door gets you a free beer from Harpoon Brewery as well as happy hour prices until 10 p.m. All the money collected at the door will go to charity. Professor Thom's is at 219 Second Ave. between East 13th Street and East 14th Street.
The Washington Square Park Blog has a running list of the missing pets from the buildings. You can find that post here.
And here is the flyer that Whiskers on Second Avenue and East Ninth Street has been distributing…
The number of missing cats has been reduced, though.
Another search by the NYPD and ASCPA yesterday at 125 Second Ave. turned up Sebastian (left) and Kitty Cordelia. They have been reunited with their owner, Kathleen Blomberg. No. 125 is still under a Full Vacate Order.
We also hear that searchers found an unharmed Laszlo yesterday.