A pair of City Council members proposed a bill today that would establish a city advocate for small businesses, but others fighting to keep mom-and-pop shops open question whether such a watchdog would do enough.
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. [
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 »
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.
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]
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.
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]
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!
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]
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.
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]
This evening, Council Member Antonio Reynoso is planning to sit with seven others in the middle of Ainslie Street with the intention of getting arrested. “This is not something we would have wanted to have done at all,” says Jennifer Gutierrez, a spokesperson for Reynoso’s office. “We’re just frustrated.”
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]
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]