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Explosion Building Had Fire History; Union Square’s Homeless Fashion Designer

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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]

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Criminal Probe into East Village Explosion; Bushwick Acrobatics Fest

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A probe into the cause of the East Village explosion has become a “full-fledged criminal investigation,” according to a Con Ed spokesperson. Investigators are looking closely at an Aug. 6 incident in which a meter reader found a “strange-looking attachment with hoses” coming out of the gas main of 121 Second Ave., apparently feeding upstairs apartments without authorization. []

Investigators say tenants of 121 Second Ave may have been told not to alert Con Ed to their gas service and were told before Thursday’s inspection that their gas would be turned off, a sign that the service was being hidden from Con Ed. [AMNY]

Singer-songwriter Laura Gibson described her narrow escape from the fire that destroyed her apartment. [ Keep Reading »

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Tourist Apologizes For East Village Explosion Selfie; Fundraiser For Enz’s Owner

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Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro has confirmed that the two bodies recovered from the site of the East Village explosion yesterday were those of Nicholas Figueroa and Moises Ismael Locón Yac. [NY Times]

An Iowa tourist has apologized for taking a selfie near the site of the tragedy.
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Friends have started a fundraiser for Mariann “Mickey” Marlowe, owner of Enz’s, the boutique next-door to the blast site that had its storefront blown out. [Bowery Boogie]

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2 Missing After East Village Explosion; Drea De Matteo, Public Access T.V. Lose Homes

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A 23-year-old man who lunched yesterday at 121 Second Avenue, Nicholas Figueroa, has not been seen since a gas explosion at that address caused a massive East Village fire and the collapse of three buildings. [NY Times, NYP]

Police sources tell NBC NY that the blast happened after construction workers accidentally hit a gas line. The injury count is now up to 25, with two people unaccounted for. [NBC NY]

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Cooper Union Investigated; Etch-a-Sketch Gallery Show

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Local politicians Antonio Reynoso and Nick Rizzo were arrested Tuesday while participating in a sit-in to save endangered daycare and senior centers in North Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Paper]

Cooper Union‘s decision to start charging students tuition is the subject of a new investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. [Wall Street Journal]

On Meserole Street, a warehouse dating back to the 1800s that currently houses both The Wick concert space and The Well beer garden sold for $26 million. [The Real Deal]

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Dog Fight in Williamsburg; Triangle Factory Fire Anniversary

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Just after midnight on St. Patrick’s Day in Williamsburg, police say a 20-year-old pit bull owner punched a 65-year-old fellow canine owner for having a dog that belonged to a “pussy” breed. An arrest has not occurred. Also, a female diner at Marlow & Sons had her purse stolen on March 22, which according to police contained $2K+ in valuables. [DNA Info]

Landlord Ben Shaoul, who has been trying to sell a six-story property on Avenue B since the fall, recently raised the price from $73 million to $80 million. [EV Grieve]

The city has proposed installing a protected bike lane across the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Brooklyn Nightlife Awards; ‘Legacy of the Witch’ Party

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Bushwick Flea founder Rob Abner says his forthcoming market is causing several vendors to abandon the competing Brooklyn Flea. [Brooklyn Paper]

Peek inside Williamsberry, a 63-unit condominium standing on the site of a onetime Brooklyn noodle factory. [Curbed NY]

Check out a rendering of the expanded apartment conversion coming to the former home of Bushwick’s Our Lady of Lourdes convent. [NY YIMBY]

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Andy Warhol Museum a No-Go; Smokey the LES Lamb

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Yesterday morning around 3:30 a.m., one person was injured when a car-for-hire in Bushwick jumped the curb. [CBS NY]

A Lower East Side outpost of the Andy Warhol Museum is officially a no-go. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

An eight-building, 777-unit apartment complex may eventually grace Broadway Triangle, the intersection of Bed-Stuy, Bushwick and Williamsburg. [Crain's NY]

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51-Year-Old Attacked at Home; March Against Gentrification

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A 51-year-old woman was choked and sexually assaulted Wednesday night in her Lower East Side apartment building. She was treated for bruising at Bellevue Hospital; the suspect, seen in a surveillance photo, has yet to be found. [NY Daily News]

Renderings were released of the very unorthodox apartment complex planned for Bushwick’s former Rheingold brewery site. [NY Daily News]

Biscous Ciao on Stanton Street, Macaron Parlour and Spot Dessert Bar on St. Mark’s Place, and The Bakeshop by Woops! on Driggs Avenue will all pass out free Macaron Day treats between 10 am and 5 pm.

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Hit-and-Run Driver Loses License; 5-Cent Pies at Lombardi’s

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Leonardo Degianni, who admitted to causing a hit-and-run collision that killed Bushwick cyclist Mathieu Lefevre in 2011, will lose his driver’s license for six months. [Gothamist]

Next week construction commences on Forsyth Street Plaza, a $3.5 million undertaking on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

Starting at 11:30am in Nolita, customers who stay for a meal at Lombardi’s Pizza can order a small Margharita pie for just 5 cents, a promotion celebrating the restaurant’s 110th birthday. [amNY]

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Coffee and Tea Festival; Pet Lamb Spotted in Greenpoint

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Robert Durst, an alleged killer and the star of HBO’s The Jinx, made more than $12 million last year with the sale of two Brooklyn buildings, one of which was on Union Avenue in Williamsburg. [Free Williamsburg]

On Avenue A, the former Benny’s Burritos storefront is seeking a tenant to sign a $22K/month lease. [Bond NY]

Two diners brought their pet lamb to Five Leaves in Greenpoint yesterday afternoon. [DNA Info]

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Yaffa Cafe Replaced; Bushwick Flea Market Launches

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The owner of Action Burger in Williamsburg released footage of two teen girls fighting outside its doors last November. [NY Daily News]

Mid-summer, Portuguese restaurant Taberna will replace Yaffa Café on St. Mark’s Place. [DNA Info]

Last night a new draft wine bar, Lois, descended onto Avenue C in the East Village. [Grub Street]

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