About Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer is the editor of Bedford + Bowery and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. You can reach him at editor(at)bedfordandbowery.com.

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Updates On the East Village Explosion, 48 Hours Later

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A car whose back window was shattered during the incident was moved to Cooper Square. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It’s been just over 48 hours since an apparent gas explosion rocked 121 Second Avenue, triggering a blaze that brought down three buildings on the corner of Seventh Street. As you can see above, damaged cars have been removed from the scene and search units are currently attempting to find two men who remain unaccounted for. (Here’s a view of that car from the front.) Read on for all the latest.

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NYU Students Still Displaced, Will Get Free Dry Cleaning

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NYU’s Seventh Street Residence Hall, which was evacuated yesterday in the wake of the explosion just around the corner on Second Avenue, remains closed today, and it’s uncertain when students will be allowed back in. Same goes for a Second Avenue building used by Tisch students, located a block over from where three buildings collapsed during last night’s seven-alarm fire. Here’s the latest update from NYU, which has offered meal vouchers and dry-cleaning service.

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These Dramatic Videos Tell the Story of the East Village Building Collapses

Three buildings have collapsed and a fourth is still ablaze in the East Village following an apparent gas explosion this afternoon at 121 Second Avenue. As of 10:30pm, there were 19 reported injuries, with four in critical condition. You can read our initial report here. Below, we’ve gathered raw footage from the scene.

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3 Boozy Record Fairs You’d Be Hard Pressed to Beat

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(Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

When we told you about a couple of upcoming record fairs, we were just scratching the surface. Not only is Record Store Day coming up April 18 (check out the list of exclusive releases) but these three fairs will let you shop for vinyl with a beer in hand while DJs like Mac DeMarco egg you on.

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East Village’s Curry Row Loses Two More Indian Spots, Gains a ‘Casual Korean’

Mitali East (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Mitali East (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

There’s more upheaval on the East Village’s Curry Row, where Banjara and Brick Lane Curry House moved away in recent years. Earlier today, workers were spotted moving fixtures out of Mitali East, the Indian restaurant that, having been open since 1973, was the oldest existing eatery still on East 6th Street, between Second and First Avenues. A sign on the door reads, “We lost our lease” and directs customers to sister spot Haveli.

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How Harmony Korine Ended Up Playing a Pimp Alongside Al Pacino in Manglehorn

After years of being adored mostly by a very niche audience that enjoys quoting the line “peanut butter motherfucker,” Harmony Korine finally hit it big with Spring Breakers. He’s now well known enough that his sneaker line with Vans launches tomorrow. So, it shouldn’t be that surprising that, despite not really being an actor, the director of Gummo, Mister Lonely, and other such love-em-or-hate-em id blasts is starring alongside Al Pacino.

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TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe Rocks Stage and Screen at SXSW

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Tunde Adebimpe is having a very busy SXSW. Not only did his band, TV on the Radio, do an Austin City Limits taping and a couple of live shows in Austin (we caught their all-too-short set at NPR Music’s party at Stubb’s last night), but he also stars as Jason Schwatzman’s wingman in 7 Chinese Brothers, which had its SXSW premiere Sunday. As you might expect from a film that takes its title from an REM song, the soundtrack includes a host of indie bands like Guided By Voices and Vampire Weekend (the latter band’s bassist, Chris Baio, did the score).

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Hot Sugar Loves the Sound of Silence, and Things Simon & Garfunkel Never Dreamed Of

Blood Orange isn’t the only innovative electronic artist and producer holed up in the East Village: a new documentary that premiered at SXSW last night, Hot Sugar’s Cold World, takes us inside Nick Koenig’s 14th Street loft as he repurposes the street sounds he obsessively records all over the neighborhood and the world. Produced by Danny McBride and Jody Hill and directed by Adam Bhala Lough (who has previously made documentaries about Lil’ Wayne and Lee Scratch Perry), the film starts with Koenig (aka Hot Sugar) recording a woman eating Pop Rocks. The end credits list every other sound that he documented for the film: everything from a cop sipping an energy drink, to Jim Jarmusch playing some electronic drums, to a couch being pushed out of a seventh story window on the Lower East Side.

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