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New York City (NYC)
Disasters

 
 

NYC was first settled some 400 years ago and has been growing ever since. Most of the time, the growth exceeded expectations. As a consequence, the infrastructure was almost always inadequate to meet the needs of a crowded and growing metropolis. Inevitably, there were disasters of every kind, some by the forces of nature, some by social failures, others by small and large accidents.

We have selected here the major disasters, what happened and the consequences. In many of these cases, the disasters were followed by major correction. For example, the Fire of 1835, which raged for three days and destroyed a large segment of the then standing city, led to the construction of the Croton Aqueduct, a major engineering feat of the time, to provide an adequate water supply. The tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire led to vast improvements in building and worker safety. And, the Stonewall Inn riot marked the emergence of "Gay Pride."

So here they are, disasters and tragedies. Some led to basic improvements. All reaffirmed the reality that life is uncertain.

 
     
 

Content:

 
               
   
I.
Blizzards - Defined  
V.
Riots  
   
A
1888  
A.
Draft Riots (1863)  
   
B
1947  
B.
Harlem Race Riot (1943)  
   
C.
1996  
C.
Harlem Race Riot (1964)  
   
D.
2006  
D.
Stonewall Inn Riot (1969)  
   
E.
2010  
E.
Crown Heights Riot (1991)  
         
   
   
II.
Hurricanes  
VI.
Blackouts  
   
A.
New England Hurricane (1938)  
A.
Northeast Blackout (1965)  
   
B.
Mid-Atlantic Nor'easter (1992)  
B.
NYC's "Night of Terror" (1977)  
   
C.
Hurricane Floyd (1999)  
C.
NYC Blackout (2003)  
   
D.
Hurricane Irene (2011)  
D.
The Queens Blackout (2006)  
   
E.
Hurricane Sandy (2012)        
         
VII.
Aircraft Accidents  
   
III.
Major Epidemics  
A.
B-25 Empire State Building Crash (1945)  
   
A.
Yellow Fever (1785-1804)  
B.
Staten Island and Park Slope Crashes (1960)  
   
B.
Cholera (1832)  
C.
American Airlines-Flight 001 (1962)  
   
C.
Cholera (1849)  
D.
Eastern Airlines-Flight 66 (1975)  
   
D.
Cholera (1854)  
E.
Trans World Airlines-Flight 800 (1996)  
   
E.
Cholera (1866)  
F.
American Airlines-Flight 587 (2001)  
               
   
IV.
Major Fires  
VIII.
Building Bombings  
   
A.
Fire of 1776  
A.
Fraunces Tavern Bombing by FALN (1975)  
   
B.
Fire of 1835  
B.
World Trade Center Bombing (1993)  
   
C.
General Slocum Fire (1904)  
C.
World Trade Center (9/11/2001)  
   
D.
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory (1911)        
   
E.
Bankers Trust Building (1993)        
     
 
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