Aftermath of the NYC building explosion
An explosion triggered by a gas leak brought down two buildings Tuesday in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. Seven people have been confirmed dead, and five people are still missing.
The buildings, located near the intersection of 116 St. and Park Avenue in Upper Manhattan, housed a church, a piano repair shop and residential apartments.
New York-based photographer Gaia Squarci had just landed in the city when she heard news of the explosion, and she arrived at the scene around 5 p.m. “There were only a few people left and a couple of news crews” she told msnbc. “It was raining and the site was very quiet. Besides the sound of the crane and the trains passing above, it was almost silent.”