All New Yorkers were impacted by the tragic events on March 12th when a suspected gas explosion leveled two buildings on Park Avenue in East Harlem.  The Harlem Explosion affected many CUNY students, faculty and staff either directly or indirectly.  At such times, it’s normal for us to experience anxiety, vulnerability, sadness, anger and other reactions, and perhaps some difficulty sleeping or concentrating.  For most of us these responses subside naturally with the passage of a little time.

Understanding that our reactions are normal, talking about these with friends and family, and generally taking good care of ourselves usually go a long way toward facilitating healing.  It can also be helpful to limit the amount of disturbing media coverage that we see and hear.

The Counseling Center is available to offer support, counseling and resources to Students, Faculty, and Staff who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Please feel free to visit our office if you would like to speak with a Counselor. You may also click on the following link for helpful resources: .

Information about additional services for QCC employees is available through the CUNY Work/Life Program at

Many have asked how they might assist victims of the Harlem Explosion.  Funds can be donated to the Mayor’s Fund To Advance New York ( or by calling 311.

The Counseling Center
Library Building, Room 422

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