Internet rushes to help musician recover after NYC building collapse

The Internet is rushing to support a singer/songwriter who lived in the East Village building that collapsed.


Dylan Love


Published Mar 27, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 5:13 am CDT

At least 19 people were injured and two people are missing after a building collapsed and blew up in New York City’s East Village yesterday. Rising musician Laura Gibson, who called that block home, managed to escape her apartment to avoid injury. But she lost all of her earthly possessions in the process. 

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Here’s what the scene of the disaster looks like this afternoon:

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Gibson’s musical instruments were lost in the wreckage, and now the Internet is rallying to raise $10,000 to help get her back on her feet.

Her GoFundMe campaign has raised $2,000 in just two hours:


[B]esides needing to find a new place to live, Laura needs to replace all of her belongings–including lost musical equipment (she is in the middle of making an incredible new record) and items necessary for continuing her grad school work at Hunter College. 

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If you want to lend a hand to one of the people directly affected by the building collapse, here’s your chance. Contributions to the singer-songwriter can be made right here.

H/T CashMusic/Twitter | Photo via Joan LeMay/GoFundMe

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*First Published: Mar 27, 2015, 6:22 pm CDT