Long Island City is seeing a hotel boom. Ten years ago, this gritty industrial neighborhood had just one hotel. Now, it has around 25, with 20 more in development. The transition to hip tourist destination doesn’t come easy to local manufacturing businesses.
A little more than a year ago, a similar gas explosion killed 8 people in East Harlem, leaving dozens more injured. In the aftermath of the tragedy, friends, colleagues and family members came together Friday morning to remember one of the victims from the explosion.