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    Posted March 14, 2014 by
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    Explosion in East Harlem

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    East Harlem Explosion (Day 3)

    The picture of this car is not from a war torn country. It is one of the first cars pulled from the piles of bricks, glass, and twisted steel, of the Explosion in East Harlem.

    Affectionately known as Spanish Harlem and El Barrio.

    My heart remains heavy. Resident’s faces are sullen and long. Everywhere I went today, people where regaling their experiences from three days ago, when two townhouses exploded.

    On my way to the grocery store. I saw a picture of a woman who had moved from Puerto Rico, where she was a police officer, and had moved to East Harlem to become a security guard, at neighborhood division of Hunter College.

    She is one of the deceased.

    We shopped at the same grocery stores, ate the same restaurants, and washed our clothes at the same Laundromat.

    The pictures of the car remind us that we are no longer safe, not even in our own backyards.

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