The Asphalt Green family is deeply saddened by the loss of Nicholas Figueroa, a former Summer Day Camp counselor who was tragically killed in a building explosion in the East Village on March 26.

Nicholas, 23, worked as a counselor at Asphalt Green during the summer of 2014. He was a leader for the Teddies, our 4-to 5-year-olds, and made a lasting impression on the campers.

Camp director Katie Duffy remembers his infectious personality. “With a ready smile and a warm, engaging personality, he shepherded our Teddies with kindness and encouragement. We were lucky to have Nicholas be a member of our camp team.”

Parents whose children had Nicholas as a counselor echoed similar sentiments.

“[Nicholas] greeted us and the children every morning with a warm smile, and we could see that he did not shy away from engaging with kids in all of their activities, encouraging them at every step,” say the Levenglicks, a camp family. “We remember the joy on the kids’ faces as they played tag/soccer/danced with Nicholas at the end of the day.”

Camp parent Pauline Weinstein says Nicholas stood out as a counselor. “We are beyond words and so sad hearing this news. Lily [her daughter] absolutely adored Nick last summer. He made her summer amazing, and he will never be forgotten in our hearts and in our minds.”

The impact he made on the children will live on in others. Thanks for making a difference, Nicholas!


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