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Updates On the East Village Explosion, 48 Hours Later

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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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Some Second Avenue Businesses Forced to Close, Others Stay Open and Help Out

A demolition vehicle rolled by Veselka early Friday morning. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A demolition vehicle rolled by Veselka early Friday morning. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Throughout the frightening explosion and subsequent collapse of three buildings on Second Avenue Thursday, several local businesses remained open, serving first responders and rattled community members in need of a place to commune and refuel. On the corner of Ninth Street and Second Avenue, 24-hour restaurant Veselka never stopped serving its famous Ukrainian comfort food, and Dallas BBQ, just down the street on the corner of Saint Marks Place and Second Avenue, closed shortly after the fire broke out Thursday but reopened today at noon.

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How to Help Your Fellow Man (or Cat) in the Wake of the East Village Explosion

get_image.aspIn the wake of yesterday’s building explosion, “people stepped up and helped their fellow New Yorkers and it made a world of difference,” Mayor De Blasio noted in a press conference today. And it’s true: even apartment brokers are being decent and offering their services for free. For those of you looking to help, but without a hotel, car, or dry cleaning business to leverage, here are some options.

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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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Building Collapses and Seven-Alarm Fire Rocks East Village

Three buildings have collapsed and a fourth is in flames after an apparent explosion in the East Village. Nineteen people — including five firefighters — have been injured and four have been hospitalized in critical condition, the fire department said.

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

An FDNY spokesperson couldn’t say what caused 121 Second Avenue to collapse around 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, but eyewitnesses reported hearing what sounded like an explosion. Flames from the building spread first to the adjacent building (123), which collapsed after the fire went to seven alarms, and then to 119 Second Avenue, on the corner of East Seventh Street. As of 10:30pm tonight, that building had also collapsed and firefighters were battling a fourth blaze at 125 Second Avenue.

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Locals Worry About Brant Foundation’s Swank Parties at Walter de Maria Studio

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

“Very small luncheons” have been hosted all this week at 421 6th Street, according to two doormen in suits and ties who materialized through the ambiguous metal doors of the historic building Wednesday afternoon. The former Con Edison substation between Avenue A and First Avenue has come a long way from its humble roots and will host a private event Friday called “Experience Dom Perignon Kingdom,” where the champagne brand will unveil its 2004 Rose Vintage. While all this may sound very fancy for the East Village, on the 7th Street side of the lot a less-then-chic CAT generator has been chugging away for days (presumably to power said luncheons), and some locals expressed their frustration with the noise at the Community Board 3 meeting Wednesday night.

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Dawn Luebbe Gives You Permission to Read Her 1992 Diary

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Photo courtesy of Dawn Luebbe

With My 1992 DiaryDawn Luebbe has become the adult star of her own awkward childhood. Officially released last night at Word in Greenpoint, the book collects Dawn’s fifth-grade diary entries, photographs, and essays into what she calls a general “celebration of the awkward phase.” Tonight Dawn will be performing her stage show at UCB Theatre in Chelsea along with five other comedians who’ll tell stories and read letters from their pre-teen pasts. In addition to recently starring in a series of animated shorts based on her book (peep one of them below), Dawn has also been featured in comedy sketches for College Humor, Nickmom and UCB. We chatted with her earlier today.

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