The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire 104th Commemoration
Labor Leaders Mark 104 Years Since Deadly Fire at Greenwich Village Factory
I paid my respects today on the 104th year of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire at the corner of Washington Place & Greene Street, Greenwich Village, Washington Square NYU campus (Class of 1972). Many children wearing red fire helmets in attendance,accompanied by their teachers. BP Gail Brewer & Council leader Mark-Viverito spoke as did the NY Central Labor Council leaders and a Rabbi led us in prayer.The NYFD had two fire trucks parked on Greene St. & a table set-up w/literature & FREE packages of batteries for smoke detectors. The same NYFD set-up is being used in Midwood, in the wake of the horrific fire and deaths of seven family members. Shirtwaists were hung from poles and each shirtwaist had inscribed a name of a victim. The back of the shirtwaist carried the victim’s age. They were all so young. The mood was commemorative & somber. The return to Alma Mater complete, I took the 6 train back to work.