On Thursday, March 26, 2015, an explosion rocked several buildings in New York City’s East Village, resulting in the collapse of 121-123 Second Avenue (at/near East 7th Street). These buildings included residences and restaurants (Ramen & Robatayaki, Sushi Park, Sam’s Deli, and Pommes Frites).
Reports indicate at at least 20 people have been injured and that two people (Nicholas Figueroa and Moises Lucon, a Sushi Park patron and worker, respectively) are missing.
The New York Times reports that the explosion may have been caused by the improper use of a gas line. As the investigation continues, the cause(s) of the explosion will hopefully be identified. This incident evokes memories of the explosion last year in Harlem, which has resulted in litigation.
As a longtime East Village resident, this literally hits home. Pospis Law extends its sincerest condolences to those affected by this tragic incident.