103rd Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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Yesterday in New York City, people commemorated the 103rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire where 146 workers died after a fire broke out. They had been locked in from the outside by the owners, so many people were unable to escape. It was mostly young immigrant woman who died.

At the commemoration, a fire ladder was raised to the same height that a ladder was raised on the day of the fire, which was not high enough to reach the workers trapped on the top floors. People then read off the names of the 146 workers who died in the fire, and a fireman rang a bell for each death. Flowers were also laid on the ground in front of where the factory was.

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Breezy Point in Ruins

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Breezy Point, Queens. November 13th, 2012.

I finally made it out to Breezy Point on Tuesday, which was 15 days after hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Although I had seen many photos of the area where over 100 homes burned down from downed power lines and gas leaks, I was unable to grasp the massive devastation until I was standing amidst the ashes and charred metal, and breathing in the air that smelled strongly of burned materials. One can only describe the scene as post-apocalyptic, with blocks of homes now in shambles, and only a few chimneys still standing amongst the rubble:

As I was taking photos of the homes that burned down in Breezy Point, a lady approached me and we started chatting. She ended up telling me that if I walked just down the beach from that area, I would come across multiple homes that were also destroyed during the hurricane. She said that the media has been so focused on the homes that burned down, that many people don’t realize how much destruction there also was in the rest of Breezy Point. I decided to head down that way, and was amazed at what I saw.
Other than the homes that had burned down, this was the most devastation I have seen yet. Many homes had completely collapsed. Others were pushed off of their foundations and shoved up against other homes. I have seen some of this in other areas, but not on as large of a scale as this:

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