Merchants in East Harlem got together Tuesday to learn their rights in the wake of last month's deadly building explosion.
The group held a Q and A with a legal expert Tuesday night.
Streets and stores are still closed, and many owners said they're struggling to survive, but some said they came away from the meeting reassured.
"I appreciate their time coming here and telling us all information I didn't know a couple of weeks ago before the explosion and stuff like that," said one person at the meeting. "So I think it was a big help tonight."
"Some of these people have been waiting, some almost in the dark, for approximately two to three weeks, and some of them are waiting for assistance that they feel just are not coming," said Attorney Robert Gross.
Eight people were killed and dozens were injured in the blast.
A preliminary report by the National Transportation Board said investigators found leaks in a gas main on Park Avenue, but the report does not actually blame those leaks for the explosion.