AGBC News Episode 15: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Central Park Be-In, and East Village Gas Explosion
A disappearing house and a few other uplifting events shine through a generally dark week in New York history.
Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more.
108 years ago on March 25, 1911 — The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire kills 146 people, becoming the deadliest industrial accident in the city's history — Disturbingly, a similar deadly fire would occur on the same day 79 years later at the Happy Land Club, a story covered in episode 14 of the podcast
4 years ago on March 26, 2015 — A gas explosion and fire destroys three buildings at Second Ave and St. Marks
110 years ago on March 30, 1909 — The Queensboro Bridge opens to traffic
34 years ago on March 31, 1985 — The First WrestleMania is held at Madison Square Garden — WrestleMania 2019 — April 7th at MetLife Stadium
39 years ago on April 1, 1980 — 33,000 transit workers go on strike, bringing subways and buses to a standstill for 11 days
4 years ago on April 2, 2015 — Two women are arrested in Jamaica, Queens for planning terrorist bombings
A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can promote their products by running an audio advertisement. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more.
Park of the day
Great Kills Park in Staten Island
If you're looking for a scare, try your hand at paranormal investigating! The Morris–Jumel Mansion in Upper Manhattan is holding a night of ghost hunting where you can learn about the history of the house and see the equipment ghost hunters use when investigating old properties. Tickets are required and the event takes place from 8pm to 11pm on Saturday, March 30th — Morris–Jumel Mansion Paranormal Investigation
This is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the week of Tuesday, March 26
Billy Idol and Steve Stevens are playing Town Hall on Wednesday, March 27th at 8pm.
Failure and Swervedriver are playing Warsaw on Friday, March 29th at 7pm.
The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, and The Zombies are playing The Barclay Center on Friday, March 29th at 7pm.
Methyl Ethel and Teen are playing Elsewhere on Friday, March 29th at 7pm.
HalfNoise, Liam Benzvi, and Lip Talk are playing Market Hotel on Friday, March 29th at 8pm.
Nils Frahm is playing Brooklyn Steel on Friday, March 29th at 8pm.
Better Oblivion Community Center, Christian Lee Hutson, and Lala Lala are playing The Bowery Ballroom on Friday, March 29th at 8pm.
Sasha Sloan is playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, March 30th at 8pm.
Zoë Keating are playing Joe's Pub on Sunday, March 31st at 7pm and 9:30pm.
Simple Creatures is playing Public Arts on Monday, April 1st.
Avey Tare and Nathan Bowles are playing Market Hotel on Monday, April 1st at 8pm.
Cradle of Filth, Raven Black, and Wednesday 13 are playing Irving Plaza on Wednesday, April 3rd at 6pm.
Ex Hex and Moaning are playing The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, April 4th 8pm.
Matmos and Keith Fullerton Whitman are playing Pioneer Works on Thursday, April 4th at 7pm.
Whitey Morgan and the 78's is playing Gramercy Theatre on Friday, April 5th at 7pm.
Teen Body and Sean Nicholas Savage are playing Sunnyvale on Friday, April 5th at 7:30pm.
Arthur and Ghost Orchard are playing Baby's All Right on Friday, April 5th at 8pm.
Broncho is playing Elsewhere on Saturday, April 6th at 7pm.
Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.
Learn about New York
Here's something you may not have known about New York:
- Central Park's Great Lawn was originally a reservoir of fresh water for city's water supply system. In 1931, it was filled in with material excavated from Rockefeller Center and the Eighth Avenue subway
The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history:
Record High: 86°F on March 29, 1945
Record Low: 10°F on March 29, 1923
Weather for the week ahead:
Light rain on Sunday, with high temperatures rising to 68°F on Saturday.