Across the neighborhood yesterday, people of all ages were “chalking” in memory of the 146 victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The tragedy happened 102 years ago in Greenwich Village but many of those killed lived on the Lower East Side. One group started at the Neighborhood School, 120 East 3rd Street. Vivian Sorenson and Gary Meister, as well as their photographer friend, Heidi Gutman, shared some photos from the morning’s activities with us.
Three young Triangle Fire victims – all East 3rd Street residents – were memorialized in chalk: Jennie Stein (18), Fannie Hollander (18), Rosie Brenman (23) and Sarah Brenman (18). Vivian Sorenson has a personal connection to the fire, one of the worst workplace tragedies in this country’s history.