Following a gas explosion at an East Village apartment building last week that killed two people, a handful of tourists were observed taking self-portraits of themselves in front of the blast site, inciting a flood of criticism online. What do you think?


“It’s unfair to condemn those people before seeing how the pictures turned out.”

Pam Coyle • Groupon Purchaser

“That’s pretty gratuitous considering there were plenty of bystanders who could have taken that photo for them.”

Ralph Barros • Systems Analyst

“If you can offend people here, you can truly offend people anywhere.”

James Finch • Hotel Lobby Monitor