A young man was missing after dining at the sushi restaurant located on the ground floor of the East Village building that exploded amid plumbing and gas work on Thursday, his family said.
Nicholas Figueroa’s distraught mom and dad said they had searched every hospital in the city for the 23-year-old Upper East Side man, who was on a date at the restaurant and paid the tab before the blast occurred in the basement. Late Thursday night, his parents were clinging to hope outside of a Red Cross relief station near the explosion site.
“Right now we don’t really know what to do; we’re just praying,” Figueroa’s father, Nick, told the Daily News.
Nicholas Figueroa was one of two people reported missing after the blast. He works at Bowlmor Lanes at Chelsea Piers and had taken a coworker on a lunch date to Sushi Park, which was in the doomed building at 121 Second Ave. It was their second date.