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Asch Building (former), now Brown Building

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Site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Greenwich Village
Industrial, Historic Site & Museum

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2011 is the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in which 146 young garment workers, mostly daughters of Jewish and Italian families from the nearby Lower East Side, lost their lives. The fire inspired efforts to advance worker safety and improve working conditions through the passage of progressive laws and the organizing of strong unions. The building where the fire took place (part of New York University since 1929) has been the site of regular commemorations since the 50th anniversary of the fire in 1961.

The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory broke out on March 25, 1911, in the former Asch Building at the corner of Greene St. and Washington Place—now named the Brown Building and part of NYU’s Silver Center complex (which is also home to the Grey Art Gallery). It quickly spread throughout the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors, which were home to the Triangle Shirtwaist...

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Bruce Kayton

Site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, in which 146 female factory workers were killed. The tragedy triggered legislative labor reform.


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