To mark Labor Day, we wandered a bit off the path of the tours (going two blocks east of Washington Square Park) to the site of 1911's Triangle Shirtwaist fire. The blaze took 146 lives, most of them young female garment center workers. The workers were locked into their workplace and many jumped from ten floors up to try and escape the flames. It remains the city's deadliest industrial accident and led to changes in the fire codes, factory safety and spurred the growth of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
The building is both a national and a city landmark. Close ups of the three plaques are below. They speak for themselves.