Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: 100 Years Ago

Today marks one hundred years since the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, a significant event in NYC and US history. The fire at 29 Washington Pl. in Greenwich Village, killed 146 people, most of them young female Jewish & Italian immigrants, including many children. A “shirtwaist” is another name for a blouse, and the aftermath of this disaster lead to major reforms in industrial and fire safety. You can learn more about the event on wikipedia, or if you have time, check out the documentary “American Experience: Triangle Fire” on

But Murph, you might ask, what does this have to do with NYC nightlife?
Nothing, really, but below is a video of our friend Pat Robinson of The Itinerants, singing a song he wrote about the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. It was recorded at a recent performance at Kenny’s Castaways in Greenwich Village, a few blocks away from the site. So there you go…
Video by Peter Perenyi. Song written & performed by Pat Robinson.

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