Thursday, March 26, 2020
Today marks the 5th anniversary of the deadly 2nd Avenue gas explosion
[Google Streetview from 2013]
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the gas explosion that killed two men, injured more than 20 others, and leveled 119, 121 and 123 Second Ave.
The links below have more about what has transpired here in the past five years as well as details about the lives of the two men who died that day — Nicholas Figueroa, 23, and Moises Locón, 27.
In January, landlord Maria Hrynenko, contractor Dilber Kukic and unlicensed plumber Jerry Ioannidis were found guilty of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and related offenses for their role in the blast. They were each sentenced to four to 12 years in prison. Hrynenko is out on bail as she awaits an appeal of the case. The other two remain in prison.
Hrynenko, who took over ownership of the buildings after her husband Michael died in 2004, and her cohorts rigged an illegal system to funnel gas from 119 Second Ave. to 121 Second Ave. to cut corners, according to prosecutors.
In the spring of 2017, Shaky Cohen's Nexus Building Development Group paid $9.15 million for the empty lots at No. 119 and No. 121 that Hrynenko owned.
A Morris Adjmi-designed building, which will include 21 condo units as well as ground-floor retail, has quickly gone up on two of the three lots that were 119-123 Second Ave.
[Photo yesterday by Steven]
The property will include a commemorative plaque that honors Figueroa and Locón. In October 2017, city officials unveiled new street blades that co-name the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street after the two men.
Previously on EV Grieve:
• [Updating] Explosion on 2nd Avenue and East 7th Street
• How displaced residents are faring after the 2nd Avenue gas explosion
• Moving on — and feeling lucky — after the 2nd Avenue explosion
• Updated: 2nd Ave. explosion — landlord, 3 others charged with 2nd degree manslaughter; showed 'a blatant and callous disregard for human life'
• RIP Nicholas Figueroa
• RIP Moises Locón
• A family continues to feel the loss on 2nd Avenue
• Exclusive: 2nd Avenue explosion sites have a new owner
• LPC OKs condoplex for gas explosion site on 2nd Avenue and 7th Street
• Dedicating Moises Locón Way and Nicholas Figueroa Way on 2nd Avenue at 7th Street
• Report: Probation for plumber indicted in deadly 2nd Avenue gas explosion
• Michael Hrynenko, Jr., awaiting trial for his role in the 2nd Avenue gas explosion, dies at 31
• Trio responsible for the deadly 2nd Avenue gas explosion sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison
• Convicted gas explosion landlord Maria Hrynenko out on bail; contractor, plumber remain behind bars
And read our interviews with two longtime residents who lost their homes in the explosion — Mildred Guy and Diane McLean.