Donate: The Mayor’s Fund for NYC is accepting donations to help victims who lost everything in the explosion. Donations can be earmarked specifically for explosion victims. Click here to donate.
Fans of the Belgian Fry restaurant Pommes Frites, located in one of the buildings destroyed in the blast, can donate directly to their fund to rebuild.
Beware: of charity fraud and scams that spring up in times of hardship.
Eat and Shop: Many local businesses are suffering because of police barricades and problems with electricity and gas. See this Crain’s New York Business article about businesses including Paul’s Da Burger and Gem Spa which are open, but have lost business because of the disaster.
Criminal investigation: And stay tuned for developments in what seems to be illegal plumbing work that set off the explosion.