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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.
[WPIX]

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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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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Come to Bed For Some Pillow Talk With This Artist

(Photo: Angelica Frey)

(Photo: Angelica Frey)

Sure, it was cool to see Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass box, but what if the artist was present for some pillow talk?

That’s exactly what’s happening at a new show at Bosi Contemporary, “Come to Bed!”, which uses three queen-sized beds to focus on the different types of communication that take place under the covers. “You can sleep,  you can eat in your bed, you can have sexual experiences,” said the show’s curator, Roya Sachs. “At each age, you experience it differently, which is nice because they’re all of different ages, the artists, so they have different relationships with the bed.”

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Some Burlesque Stars Are Putting On a Stellar Zodiac Show Tonight

Mr Gorgeous as Cancerian Crab. (Photo: Eli Schmidt)

Mr Gorgeous as Cancerian Crab. (Photo: Eli Schmidt)

Do you find yourself humming “The Age of Aquarius” in the shower? constantly cursing Mercury retrograde?blaming your misfortunes on Saturn? All of those are, um, signs that you should head to Parkside Lounge tonight for “Zodiac Burlesque: The Best of the West.”

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Neighborhood Kids Go Cray With Lowline Renderings

Mark Miller Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Mark Miller Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

At times the Lowline, an underground park planned near the Delancey and Essex street stops, seems like a distant imagining for the Lower East Side, in an area particularly devoid of public green space. The idea was first thought up in 2009 by James Ramsey and Dan Barasch, and as a way of keeping the dream alive their organization has engaged the community on multiple levels. Most recently, the Lowline has tapped into the imaginations of local kids who have turned out surprising results.

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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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Billy Rohan’s Public Art Project Is About to Up the Game of LES Roll-Down Gates

(Courtesy 100 Gates)

(Courtesy 100 Gates)

While on sabbatical from the NYC winter in Puerto Rico and working on his latest “Illumignarly” video, NYC skateboarder and Samurai founder Billy Rohan received word that his 100 Gates Program had received a $30,000 grant from the Lower East Side Business Improvement District. A Chinatown resident and active neighborhood advocate, Rohan’s idea was to commission artists to decorate 100 roll-down gates connected to businesses in the LES.

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Brooklyn Nightlife Awards; ‘Legacy of the Witch’ Party

Tone and Just put the sign pole in play

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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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NYU’s Downtown Collection Adds Kembra Pfahler to Its Massive Punk Archive

(Photo: Facebook, Kembra Pfahler)

(Photo: Facebook, Kembra Pfahler)

If you’re feeling a little sapped of Kembra Pfahler these days tell your beating heart shut up and be still. While we’ve been sitting around waiting to see Kembra’s follow-up to last year’s Future Feminism exhibition, NYU’s Fales Library has been getting busy canonizing the badass feminist, performance artist, and lead singer of shock rock group The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. The library recently acquired Kembra Pfahler’s archive, adding to the Downtown Collection– a galaxy of archives and what Director Marvin Taylor says is “one of the largest collections about punk rock anywhere.”

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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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Go Ahead, Tell the City What Its $335M Waterfront Protection Should Look Like

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

About a year ago, we shared eight renderings that showed what a substantially more flood-proof Lower East Side waterfront might look like. If you have strong opinions about which of those options might work better in preventing another Hurricane Sandy from devastating the neighborhood, now’s the time to speak up.
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