[Photo from April 10 by James Maher]
Diane McLean and her children Rose, James and Annabelle were among the East Village residents who found themselves without a home after the deadly gas explosion on March 26.
McLean, a child psychiatrist at Lincoln Medical Center, had lived at 119 Second Ave. since 1979. (No. 119, 121 and 123 were all destroyed in the aftermath of the explosion.)
We featured her in Out and About in the East Village on April 15.
I’m absolutely trying to take a positive attitude. I believe in the future and I’m a positive person. But that does not mean that we’re OK. People gave me everything I’m wearing besides my shoes and my jacket — the shirt, the pants, the socks. But I feel good about that. I’m walking around and I can say, ‘Oh yeah, Lori and Rachel gave me that,’ and my kids can get up in the morning and say, ‘I’m putting on Ella’s clothes, I’m putting on Zachary’s clothes.’ We’re wearing people’s care and that’s practically helpful, but now we have to get to the next step. I’m really overwhelmed on how we’re going to get there, and that’s what I don’t know.
At the time of the interview, she was looking for a place to live with her children.
This past Friday, the Huffington Post noted that Diane found a new place to live in Bushwick.