Pols Toured the East Village Explosion Area and Sought Wisdom From Zoltar
“It’s been a long two and a half weeks,” City Council Member Rosie Mendez said today at a meeting with owners of East Village businesses affected by the gas explosion of March 26. Among those who’ve survived the aftermath of the tragedy are the owners of Italian restaurant Via Della Pace on East 7th Street, just across from the blast site.
Dozens of fundraising campaigns have netted well over $600,000 for victims of the March 26 gas explosion in the East Village. In addition to the online fundraisers we told you about previously, including one for a Jim Henson puppeteer that has brought in almost $40,000, yet another one — for Jimmy’s No. 43 — launched over the weekend.
The three points of the East Village’s “Brewmuda Triangle,” Standings, Burp Castle and Jimmy’s No. 43, have all announced they are open tonight after a 15-day closure due to the Second Avenue gas explosion that destroyed three buildings, including the one right next to the three bars.
Business owners affected by the Second Avenue gas explosion met Thursday morning, some of them for the first time, at Cafe Mocha, across the street from where three buildings collapsed two weeks ago today. There was talk of struggles with insurance companies, frustration over not being able to reopen, and despair over lost businesses, but many said they feel lucky things didn’t turn out worse.
Foodies from all backgrounds, including Stanton Social chef and Food Network star Chris Santos, gathered on d.b.a’s back patio Wednesday evening, under (probably redundant) heat lamps, to taste some 200 hot sauces from over the world. Twenty judges weighed in, and the concoctions with the best kick in the bunch will receive a personalized trophy at the Third Annual Hot Sauce Expo, to be held at the Brooklyn Expo April 25 and 26.
Staying in town this Memorial Day weekend? Count yourself lucky. Being stuck in the city is way better than being stuck in traffic, or — worse yet — in a Hamptons club, waiting for your friend to stop talking to that bro in the pink shirt so she can give you a ride back to the timeshare. Here’s over a dozen things you can do this weekend, starting with the next best thing to a cat cafe. Have a groovy weekend — we’ll be back here Tuesday.