Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

A Tragedy in New York City Reverberates

March 23, 2014
Plain English Version

 

East harlem explosionA gas line exploded and destroyed two buildings in the East Harlem section of New York City. The first floors of the buildings had a piano store and the Spanish Christian Church. The explosion took eight lives and injured scores more. The people who died are a cross-section of New Yorkers. This is a city that hosts people from all over the world.

These are the eight who died:

George Amadeo, 44, was a native-New Yorker of Puerto Rican background. He was looking for work. Their family lived in the apartment for three generations. A friend said he was a passionate, stubborn and excitable man who enjoyed politics, religion, music and math.

Carmen Tanco, 67, was a dental hygienist. She helped serve breakfast at the church on the first floor on Sunday mornings. She even brought fresh fruit from home for the pastor.

Griselde Camacho, 44, was a campus security guard. She helped the church with slide shows and presentations.

Rosaura Barrios Vázquez, 43, and her daughter Rosaura Hernández Barrios, 21, both died. The family was from Ciudad Serdán in the Mexican state of Puebla. They will be buried in Mexico. Rosaura B’s husband was at work as a line cook. Their daughter Rosaura H was studying to be a cook.

Jordy Salas, 22, was a Sunday school teacher and college student. He leaves his parents and wife Jennifer, who is pregnant.

Andreas Panagopoulos, 43, lived with his Venezuelan wife, Liseth Perez-Almeida, an editor at El Diario. He will be buried in Greece.

Mayumi Nakamura, 34, was an artist. She lived in the building with roommates. She came to New York from Yamaguchi, Japan. Her mother said, “She was very happy in New York.” She told her mother, “It is very beautiful here and I like it.”

New York is the most diverse city in the country. East Harlem is like many neighborhoods. It is changing. Immigrants and young people are moving in. When a tragedy such as this happens, it takes the lives of people from everywhere.

Source: The New York Times                                                                                                                                                                     March 18, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print Friendly

Features

How Well Does Your Pet See?

Here is another way pets are like people. They can have vision problems. Sometimes the symptoms are easy to detect. Your dog or cat...

New Danger: The Bottom of Your Shoes

Do you take off your shoes when you go into someone’s home? Most Americans do not. It is common practice in Japan and Finland....

New Research: What it Means to Become a Mother

There is even a word that describes it. It is “matrescence.” The matrescence period begins during pregnancy and extends into motherhood. The signs can...

An Immigrant Artist in America

Nari Ward is an artist from Jamaica. He lives and works in a former Harlem fire station.

Nari Ward takes everyday objects – most...

Archives

Dictionary
  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by dictionarist.com
Click to listen highlighted text!