The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the largest industrial disaster in the city's history ... causing the death of 146 garment workers (mostly young women) who either died from the fire or jumped to their deaths.
Matt LES_Miserable photographed Steven Greenhouse here on East 11th Street outside Veniero's ... Greenhouse, a longtime business writer for the Times, is one of the volunteers who takes part in the chalking project each year... writing the name and age of the victims in front of the buildings where they lived — mostly in the Lower East Side and Little Italy.
Marjorie Ingall has more on the Triangle activities here. Here's a piece Greenhouse wrote on the tragedy for the Times last year. And here's the site of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition with a list of activities taking place...