26 years ago on November 27th, 1997
Four are injured, two seriously, when a Cat in the Hat balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade knocks down a streetlight on Central Park West
High winds caused damage to numerous balloons during the parade, and the streetlight at 72nd and Central Park West had reportedly been hit multiple times, with the Cat in the Hat eventually causing debris to topple down into the crowd. Macy's would go on to replace streetlights along the parade route to better guard against a balloon strike, but one of those replaced poles would be knocked down by a similar impact in 2005. The woman most seriously injured by the Cat in the Hat crash would also be impacted by another memorable NYC event when a plane crashed into her Upper East Side building and the plane's engine landed in her apartment.