Friday, December 23, 2011

I went for a walk yesterday and took a few cell phone pictures of this building on the corner of Washington Place and Greene Street. Until 2001, the Triangle Fire was the second worst disaster in New York City. Workers on the top floors, mostly women, were trapped because the only unlocked exit was blocked by fire. The owners had locked the other exits to prevent workers from stealing. 146 died, 129 were women, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrants. Many of them had jumped and were killed when they hit the pavement. The disaster led to legislation for safe working conditions, and the growth of the labor movement.


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