At least eight people died and more than 60 were injured, as a result of a likely gas leak explosion that collapsed two apartment buildings at 1644 and 1646 Park Ave. in East Harlem in mid-March. There are several community efforts to help bury the dead, as well as help provide basic healthcare for those who survived—one created by local teachers hopes to raise $10,000 for the Hernandez-Barrios family. La Casa Azul bookstore also collected much needed basics in coordination with a local assembly member. Residents in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood are still mourning the lives lost in the catastrophic apartment building collapse. They’re also mourning the loss of their homes. Here, writer José Vadi reflects on the loss through the lens of his father.—Jamilah King
Read the article in full on Colorlines. Thank you to Jamilah King and Josh Begley for making this happen. This story was picked up by the Huffington Post, and an alternate, multimedia-rich version was published in conjunction with Historypin. I’m truly thankful and eternally grateful that my father’s story, in the wake of such a terrible tragedy, can be preserved. Hopefully the same can be said for a part of East Harlem’s history.
…a reason that scene from Frances Ha hit so hard yesterday was probably because I just got done co-directing my first play at Tides Theatre in San Francisco. It’s crazy to orchestrate your contribution to an artistic process/product, and sit back and watch it go. I imagine it’s what parenting feels like…look out for the video of the play “This is Home” later this month.