[Photo from yesterday]
An EVG reader passed along word that the two makeshift memorials inside the empty lot on Second Avenue and Seventh Street were removed some time late on Tuesday.
It is not immediately known who took away the memorials for Moises Locón, 27, and Nicholas Figueroa, 23, the two men who died in the gas explosion here on March 26, 2015. The memorials first arrived in the fall of 2015, created by the Figueroa family.
Updated 10:30 a.m.
An EVG reader shared this:
The Figueroa family removed the makeshift memorial. They were asked to because they were told construction on the site will start soon. They took the angels to Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens and placed them there.
In addition, EVG regular Lola Sāenz created this sign and placed it along the Second Avenue fence this morning...
In early August, the development team behind the proposed 7-story condoplex at part of the explosion site (the former No. 119 and 121) received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a high-end residential building with ground-floor retail. (The new building will include a commemorative plaque that honors Locón and Figueroa.) However, the project is still waiting for final approval from the Department of Buildings.
Shaky Cohen's Nexus Building Development Group paid $9.15 million for the empty lots.
The owner of 121 Second Ave., Maria Hrynenko, her son Michael Hrynenko (now deceased), contractor Dilber Kukic and their plumber Anthanasios Ioannidis illegally tampered with the gas line then failed to warn those in the building before the blast, according to the Manhattan District Attorney.
According to public records, Hrynenko, who owned No. 119 and 121, and the other defendants will appear in court again on Jan. 8. Records show that Hrynenko and the other accused have appeared in New York County Criminal Court 21 times since February 2016... and the outcome was the same — "adjourned/bail continued" — since their initial appearance.
Above photo of Nicholas Figueroa's father tending to the memorials from October 2015 by James and Karla Murray. Posted with permission of the Figueroa family.
Previously on EV Grieve:
RIP Nicholas Figueroa
RIP Moises Ismael Locón Yac
A memorial on 2nd Avenue
Birthday wishes for Nicholas Figueroa on 2nd Avenue
A family continues to feel the loss on 2nd Avenue
Dedicating Moises Locón Way and Nicholas Figueroa Way on 2nd Avenue at 7th Street