March 25th, 2011: 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

. . . a little late with this post, but I figured what with the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire having happened right around the corner from here (in The Brown Building on the corner of Washington Place and Greene Street) — along with its 100th anniversary commemoration, on March 25th, 2011 — I figured it was still worth putting up! The New York Times had thorough coverage of the catastrophe and its legacy of workers’ safety regulations the whole week leading up to the anniversary; the photo below (from the NYTs) shows participants in the commemorative event carrying banners in the form of the kinds of clothing that was made in the factory:

March 25, 2011

Nowadays the building in which this tragic fire occurred (in which 146 workers, most of whom were young immigrant women, perished because managers routinely locked the exits during working hours, thus making it impossible for them to escape) is part of the NYU campus. The ninth floor, whence many workers leapt to their deaths, is now the home of its Center for Developmental Genetics; here’s what one of its rooms looks like today (so peaceful!):