An Updated List on How You Can Help Those Affected by the Second Avenue Explosion

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 at 10:00 am by

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The outpouring of support for those affected by the Second Avenue explosion two weeks ago has been swift and significant. So much so that it required a more concise list. If you hear of others in need, or related fundraising initiatives, let us know and we’ll add ’em.

Remember, the easiest way to help is to frequent the businesses nearby that are open.

How you can help individuals in need (crowdfunding):

Nora and Matt Brooks

Elizabeth Dimond

Nicholas Figueroa

Micha Gerland – Manager at Zum Schneider

Mildred Guy

Diana and Leta

Stuart Lipsky

Moises Locon

Tyesha Maddox

Diane McLean

Jennifer Porto

McKenzie Roese

How you can aid businesses impacted: 

Enz’s Rockabilly

Pommes Frites

Organizations helping the victims (financially or otherwise):

Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

LES Ready – the Lower East Side nonprofit that specializes in neighborhood disaster preparedness and recovery, is looking for volunteers to assist with long-term recover efforts for victims and their families. To help out, fill out a form on LES Ready’s website or email


East Village Building Collapse Relief and Recovery Information

American Red Cross of Greater New York

MiLES is offering free co-working space in its pop-up location at 103 Allen Street.

Other related resources:

East Village Building Collapse Information via

Businesses affected by the East Village collapse can send an email or call 212-618-8810 for assistance.

Re-occupancy FAQ (English)

Re-occupancy FAQ (Spanish)

Neighborhood Donations and Discounts:

The Standard announced they would lodge anyone displaced by the fire for free.

Boka restaurant is offering meals to those affected,  by presenting an ID.

Miron Properties has offered to find families apartments free of charge.

The Chinatown Y is offering one month free membership to residents affected by the explosion. 273 Bowery at Houston. Contact Derek Samuelson 212 912-2463

The 14th Street Y is offering any family affected 6 months of membership. They are also offering select programs from their aquatics, parenting and youth sports programs to those who would find this helpful, beginning with Holiday Camp for school aged kids during the week of Spring Break. If you are one of these families, please contact Camille Diamond, Director of Community Engagement and Communications at with proof of address and they will be happy to provide these free of charge.

The salon Hair Queen on 137 Allen Street is offering free shampoos for victims of the explosion.

Whiskers Pet Store on East 9th has been a resource for many pet owners and allies.  They are assisting in reuniting those affected with their pets.

Displaced victims with pets can lodge their animals for free for three days at Happy Dogs NYC.

Furniture store AptDeco said they would donate furniture to one family who lost their home in the blast.

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