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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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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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Week In Music: Kiwi Living Legend, No One Punk, and a Rock Show at Baby’s Elvis

You better believe we’re back with a sick music lineup for your eyes and ears only, boys and girls. This week, take advantage of the following opportunities to step outside your comfort zone. We’re not saying you should put yourself in a situation where you should dance. As if. Trust us, we’d never ask you to do something as unattractive as that. Rather, swoop into one new East Village venue and hit up another Greenpoint one that gets a lot less love than it deserves. Or just stick with the tried and true party spots, your choice. Gobble up these juicy sound waves while you can still feel em.

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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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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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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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Week in Film: Sex & Death Cults, Secret Societies, And Sibling Rival Lovers

Welcome back to Reel Psyched in which we talk about films we’re REALLY excited to see this week and beyond. There seems to be a particular breeze blowing this week– evil, the occult, and seduction. Our picks this week will have your blood boiling and your back hair curling. Seen on film this week are death cults, Oxford boys, and murderous brother-sister lovers– all equally horrifying in their own ways. Pro tip: Wear sunglasses so you can avoid covering your eyes, that way your date won’t be ashamed he or she is accompanying a baby wussy pants to the cinema. Good luck out there, kids!

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Astoria Comes to Astor Place Via This Meat, Cheese and Beer Spot

Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

(Photo: Giulia Alexandra)

The Village just got a little slice of Queens. Tonight Milk & Hops, a Manhattan spinoff of Astoria Bier & Cheese, celebrates its grand opening with a par-tay: $35 gets you in on a buffet-style meal of meat, cheese and sandwich platters, Mast Brothers chocolate, and a steady flow of draft beer.

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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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