The medical examiner has identified the second body pulled from the rubble of three collapsed buildings as that of Moises Locon, CBS News and other sites report. The 26-year-old busboy had been working 12 hours a day, six days a week at Sushi Park in order to save up money for a return to Guatemala, according to the Wall Street Journal. He planned to return to a girlfriend there, family members told the Times. A coworker told NY1 about his final moments with Locon.
The owner of Trash Bar, who recently announced his music venue will be closing its doors this spring, faced a wall of opposition against his proposed new bar at a meeting in Williamsburg last night. Though Aaron Pierce claimed his new venture would be a classy bar and restaurant, he wasn’t able to shake Trash Bar’s reputation as a drunken, divey free-for-all (delightful for patrons but frequently termed “a nightmare” by those who would be living near the proposed new establishment). His bar failed to get the support of CB1’s SLA Committee.
Bushwick Spam wasn’t the only April Fools’ Day ruse that tested the limits of Brooklyn absurdity in order to pull the local alpaca wool over everyone’s eyes. Here’s the rest of today’s faux news reports, from most believable to least believable.
When Shara Hughes was born, her father bought her and her three brothers 200 acres of land each in rural Georgia. It was the early ’80s and land was going for 10 cents an acre. Her father saw his opportunity and planted a tree farm. Shara spent a lot of her childhood on that property, learning about land and taking care of the trees. She still goes there to enjoy the space and the nature and when she moved to New York from Atlanta in August last year, land – because there’s so little of it in the city – was the first thing she thought about.
A scowling woman shoved a plastic bag in my face and gestured toward the mound of grapefruits at a Chinatown grocery like any other. “No thanks,” I smiled, pointing toward the rust red door with chicken scratch white paint that reads: 94 1/2. “Oh,” she said knowingly and smiled. Unlike everyone else clucking around the piles of produce, I wasn’t shopping. I was looking for an art show supposedly behind this dingy door. I tentatively knocked and heard no echo, no indication there was anything but darkness behind there, let alone an exhibition dedicated to work by the street artist RAE, some recent and some that might have otherwise been lost had it not been for a helpful neighbor.
Wait how did this one not make Smorgasburg’s new lineup? In a new video by Brooklyn Independent Media, the minds behind the Bushwick Spam — who look a lot like the Greenpoint-dwelling hipster-yuppies from the David Cross’s Hits – eagerly break down their creative process using all the right buzzwords, from “refined, artisanal” to “inspiration, and, you know, frivolity, experimentation.”
Though still unproven, investigators say the working theory about the East Village explosion is that “one or more gas lines were surreptitiously tapped over several months; then the siphoning apparatus was dismantled or hidden on Thursday before Consolidated Edison conducted an inspection. As soon as the utility inspectors left, an attempt to resume the diversion of gas went awry, setting off the explosion, according to two law enforcement sources with knowledge of this working theory.” [NY Times]
“The building that caused the massive explosion in the East Village last week previously had a fire that stemmed from faulty wiring that was blamed on the landlord, court records show.” [DNAinfo]
Across the street from the blast site, “the city issued an emergency work-stoppage order on renovations at 128 Second Ave. on Monday after discovering what appeared to be at least one gas pipe in its basement being hooked up without a permit.” [NY Post]
A pair of City Council members proposed a bill today that would establish a city advocate for small businesses, but others fighting to keep mom-and-pop shops open question whether such a watchdog would do enough.
Businesses on the east side of Second Avenue have been allowed to reopen in the wake of the apparent gas explosion that brought down three buildings near East 7th Street, but their neighbors on the other side of the block are still reeling from the disaster.
Twenty-five-year-old Vine sensation Nicholas Megalis will invite fans into the mega-weird, anxiety-ridden world of his mind at a reading of his new collection of short stories. In this illustrated journal Megalis chronicles life as an imaginative kid who grew up in a “ridiculous family of artists, Greek immigrants, and all-around weirdos.” According to the synopsis, it covers the topics of “borderline fireworks pyromania, chain-smoking at age seven, psychotic magic trick obsessions, the perils of being a thirteen-year-old boy.” March 31 at 7 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th St., Union Square.
Danielle De Jesus is surprisingly level-headed when talking about how gentrification has affected her family and her community. The 27-year-old artist was born and raised in Bushwick and has seen the neighborhood change dramatically over the past several years. Her photographs, part of a one-day-only exhibition, “Made in Bushwick,” happening at the Living Gallery this Thursday evening, capture a neighborhood most newcomers might never have seen and the stark contrast between old and new.