Friday, March 25, 2016

Today marks the 105th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire

[Photo from 2015 by Derek Berg]

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. Many of the victims lived on the Lower East Side.

Today also marks the 12th anniversary of Street Pictures organizing volunteers to "inscribe in chalk the names and ages of the Triangle dead in front of their former homes."

The Triangle Waist Company was located on the northwest corner of Greene Street and Washington Place just east of Washington Square Park.

Find more information at The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.

Updated 9:30 a.m.

On East 12th Street this morning...

[Photo by Christine Champagne]


paddy523 said...

We must never forget. Keep that History alive Grieve.

Advocatus Diaboli said...

A century later and 146 dead girls still warrant this kind of schmaltzy memorialization whereas nearly 500 times as many children have their lives cut short in utero every year to the sound of champagne glasses clinking?

Also strangely absent from this heavily Ukranian neighborhood is any regular mention of the Holodomor. (In case you missed it, that was upwards of 10 million Ukrainians starved to death by your friendly neighborhood socialists years before Hitler ever praised the United States' pioneering eugenics work.) There seems to be a lot of anti-Putin screeds outside the Ukrainian National Home, by contrast.

Yeah, keep that history alive but a little perspective wouldn't hurt either.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate that this group makes an effort to remind of us this tragedy that affected so many women in our neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Dude, what are you talking about? Is it an anti-abortion thing where you suggest that the procedure ends with a champagne toast? Also, I'm not sure if it is any more Ukrainian than little Italy is Italian--basically, not any more so than anywhere else, except for a few Italian restaurants.

By your logic, should there also be a memorial to every other international tragedy? But anyway, someone wanted to honor young women whose lives were cut short so they went out and made one. You want the Holomodor to get a tribute; your arms aren't broken. Do it yourself.

Anonymous said...

I suspect the commenter at 10:14 is a troll looking for attention. I think it is great that someone takes the initiative to pay tribute to these women every year. If the guy posting at 10:14 is at all serious, here's a tip--if you want to get the word out about something, get out there and do it! Don't sit back and complain online about other people sharing their interests and causes!

Things that go "Boom" ... said...

The "devil's advocate" at 10:14 AM neglects to mention that the circumstances that resulted in the Triangle Factory Fire were the direct result of the lack of legal protection for the workers employed there. The repercussions led to laws regulating worker safety and enactment of building codes intended to reduce the dangers of living and working in the tenements of New York City.

The explosion due to illegal gas siphoning on Second Avenue is a direct analogue of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. We now have laws but we are way short on enforcement.

Jared the NYC Tour Guide said...

As senseless and horrific it must have been 105 years ago, these 146 did not die in vain. This abusive disaster led to reforms that continue to save or improve millions of lives for over 100 years.
I love the chalk project. It brings to mind that these victims were hardworking people in whose footsteps we walk.

Anonymous said...

I chalked this year and it was an amazing experience, especially talking with neighbors about the project - a union member on Monroe Street, a guy on E. 3rd who knew exactly what we were doing from past years and may join in next year, and a 37-year E. 4th Street resident who had no idea victims lived on her block and plans on chalking next year. I know the link to participate is in the post, but I share it here as well to encourage anyone who's interested to sign up for next year.

Anonymous said...

My, 10:14, you seem to have missed the wonderful Ukrainian museum in our neighborhood that, at least when I visited it, was practically devoted to that tragedy. And I'm no historian - but I believe Holodomor was perpetrated by communists ON socialists. Please go back on your meds.