Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Today Marks the 105th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Posted March 25, 2016 at 5:15 am

The chalked scrawls spelling names on the Lower East Side sidewalks today are a reminder of an event that forever changed labor laws in our country. It’s an annual memorial on the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, courtesy of the Chalk Project. This tribute marks 105 years since the tragic blaze. On this […]

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Today in LES History: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Kills 146 Garment Workers

Posted March 25, 2015 at 8:10 am

On this day in… 1911 – The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire claimed the lives of 146 garment workers, predominantly teenage girls from the Lower East Side. Today, as has been tradition the last decade, the Chalk Project (courtesy of Street Pictures) fans out across the neighborhood to scrawl names of the fallen outside their former […]

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Today in LES History: Lincoln in the Five Points, Triangle Shirtwaist Settlements

Posted March 11, 2015 at 5:10 am

1860 — Shortly after a campaign stump at Cooper Union, presidential hopeful Abraham Lincoln took a Sunday stroll through the slums of the Five Points. He was there to visit a new Sunday school that opened and meet with the impoverished students and teachers. 1913 – Owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory settled a lawsuit stemming […]

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Revisiting the Iconic (and Photogenic) Tenement Fire Escapes

Posted October 23, 2014 at 10:10 am

Ah, the iconic New York City fire escape. Sitting out on your “escape” really is just that. The breeze. The city below your feet. The views. The sounds. The smell (to each their own). Fire escapes have always been crucial to New Yorkers for a variety of reasons, least of which, surprisingly, was escaping fire. […]

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Educators Launch ‘LES Young Historians’ Initiative to Teach Students Importance of Local History

Posted October 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

It’s been just about a year since 8th grade teachers Alfonso Guerriero and Christopher Piccigallo kicked off their neighborhood history curriculum at PS126, a program that fully integrates learning about the Lower East Side of yesteryear while also satisfying both New York State’s 8th grade requirements and the Common Core. And now, with that notch successfully on their […]

10 Years of the Chalk Project’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Tributes

Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:06 am

Each year on March 25, the names of 146 people are chalked onto the streets of the Manhattan, but mainly the Lower East Side. These are the identities of the doomed garment workers (mostly teenaged young women) who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. The citywide memorial project, now it its tenth year, […]

Neighborhood Chalkings Commemorate Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Posted March 25, 2013 at 6:48 am

Today marks the day when, 102 years ago, a fire tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village.

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Commemorating the Centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Posted March 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

Hundreds assembled at the foot of the Brown Building in Greenwich Village to honor and remember the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.

Sidewalk Chalkings Commemorate Triangle Shirtwaist Victims

Last modified March 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Volunteer chalkers fanned out across the neighborhood this morning, as they do each year, to commemorate the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

Photo Restoration with Lower East Sider Sebastian Wintermute

Posted March 23, 2011 at 6:09 am

Some images utilized in the HBO documentary of Triangle Shirtwaist were restored by a Lower East Side resident.

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