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]
Just after midnight on Friday, two thieves robbed a couple on Woodpoint Road in in Greenpoint. And several assailants in a Jeep shattered a fellow driver’s window with a baseball bat and stole his phone Saturday morning before dawn on McGuinness Avenue. [Brooklyn Paper]
A new three-story, 75-unit development is in the works for 84 N. 3rd Street in Williamsburg. [NY Yimby]
Union Square’s homeless fashion designer Wendell stars in the latest episode of the 8-part doc No Your City.