April 14, 2018 in New York history

📝 On This Day 📝

3 years ago on April 14th, 2018

David Buckel, a prominent gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate, sets himself on fire in Prospect Park

In a note left nearby his body in the southwest corner of Prospect Park, David explained that he chose to die by self-immolation in protest and to illustrate the damage that fossil fuels are doing to the environment. He also apologized in advance to those that would discover his burned body.

Through his work with Lambda Legal, David was a force to secure and expand the rights of the LGBT community across the country. After a long legal career, he had recently began focusing on urban composting and environmentalism, building projects at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Red Hook Community Farm.

You can visit the Red Hook Farm to volunteer and learn about composting on Fridays and Saturdays. Check their website to learn more at added-value.org.


More events from April 14th in New York History

⏰ AGBC Rewind ⏰

10 years ago
New 3D Rendering of Hudson Yards Development [video]

9 years ago
Anarchist Demonstration in the East Village at Tompkins Square Park

5 years ago
Evening Update for Thursday, April 14, 2016

2 years ago
AGBC News Episode 17: Opening Day Baseball History in New York

One year ago
AGBC News Episode 60: Times Square, Bob Dylan, and the ASPCA

🌎 World History 🌏

Library of Congress  •  New York Times  •  BBC  •  Wikipedia

🌞 Weather Records 🌞

Record High: 85°F in 1941
Record Low: 26°F in 1950

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