citynoise.org
What is Citynoise?..... Today's posts..... This month..... Recent Comments..... Contact..... RSS Feed.... Post your own Citynoise.....
http://www.citynoise.org  

browse by city

Brooklyn, NY (1189)
New York, NY (1014)
Toronto, ON (939)
Montreal, QC (433)
London, UK (316)
Houston, TX (297)
Oakland, CA (238)
Philadelphia, PA (209)
Seattle, WA (191)
Queens, NY (188)
complete city list

popular articles

21 AND Gone...
from: JoeyD
Rotten' Rock
from: JoeyD
Original BS Building
from: joey
Trinity Bellwoods to Kensington
from: Michelle
Chinatown, Oakland
from: ian
what's hot this month?

recent articles

Chinatown, Oakland
from: ian
Midwest Mind
from: Elle
Original BS Building
from: joey
Trinity Bellwoods to Kensington
from: Michelle
Rotten' Rock
from: JoeyD
21 AND Gone...
from: JoeyD
More Dicks?
from: JoeyD
Droning of Broadway
from: joey
He Is Heavy
from: joey
Deja Vu, Looking Up!
from: joey
read all today's articles

browse by author

Peter (1301)
Unknown (689)
joey (398)
jack (276)
EvilGentleman (274)
complete author list

hot topics

212
subway moscow
astoria ny
seattle wa
london street art
green point
central park
parkdale toronto
tokyo tower
vancouver, wa
brooklyn east 5th street
coney island island
tacoma bridge
NYC
graffiti

Bushwick 77: Burning out the Heart of Bushwick

- CartLegger - Sunday, July 18th, 2010 : goo

[previous] :: [next]

image 43809

It was 33 years ago today, that All Hands Fire ripped through Bushwick. It was such a big event, that it deserves another post!

These are new photos released by FDNY archives. Thanks to Randy Barron and FDNY Photo Archives, and Noah Detweiler for his work sifting through thousands of negatives to find these gems! If you'd like to see the originals, just ask! They are public property, after all!

Finally, as I wrote about it three years ago, I thought I'd let my former students tell you about this time!


##On July 18 1977, a giant fire burned out the heart of Bushwick. It was one of the biggest fires that FDNY ever fought. It started at the corner of Knickerbocker Avenue and Bleecker Street in an old abandoned knitting factory. It was set by three teenagers, who were later charged with reckless endangerment, third degree assault and arson, and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

It was like many other fires that occurred during the firestorm years of Bushwick, except for the old tank of Kerosene in the basement. When it exploded, a fireball exploded out of the building. It took about 3 to 5 hours for 55 units of firefighters from Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn to put out the fire. The fire hydrants were no use to the firefighters because they were low on water.
It turned out that the citizens throughout the summer kept on using the hydrants to fight off the heat. The firefighters also were low on equipment because of the low budget the department received. Many citizens were affected by the fire. 65 families lost their homes and about 23 buildings were destroyed, as well as 50 people injured, including firefighters.

This fire was important to Bushwick because many homes were lost and it showed how dangerous leaving abandoned buildings could be. It was also important to the rebuilding of Bushwick. The empty space left by the fire is now the location of the 83rd precinct, which help


Lourdelis Garcia and Lita Lynne
The Academy of Urban Planning##


image 43797

image 43798

image 43813

image 43814

image 43800

image 43801

image 43802

image 43803

image 43804

image 43805

image 43808
The old Schwaben Hall on Bleeker

image 43806

image 43807

image 43810

image 43812

This article has been viewed 24093 times in the last 4 years


Bb2ru: 19th Jul 2010 - 16:25 GMT

This was a crazy day in Bushwick, I remember clearly that entire incident watching fire trucks roll up and down Knickerboker Ave. the knitting factoria burned for days, still after a week smoke kept coming out from the basement area.

anon (dsl-206-251-10-110.dsl0.crls.pa.net): 26th Mar 2011 - 15:30 GMT

I moved out of Hancock St. in Brooklyn in June 63.The house I lived in is still standing, it started out as a cold water flat. (railroad rooms). Steam heatwas added. I (and my two sisters) went to St. Martin of Tours. Had great times there. crsbutler @Pa.net

Bb2ru: 26th Mar 2011 - 22:53 GMT

Anon where on Hancock did you live, I lived on Hancock between Knickerboker and Irving moved out in 1975

basic t.p.a / t.m.5 crew: 20th Aug 2011 - 04:26 GMT

i lived on hancock between knickerbocker and wilson ave with my aunt!!! & i remeber this day like it was yesterday....wow

Jerry Tusa: Nov. 27th, 2011: 29th Nov 2011 - 03:23 GMT

i had a coca cola route in bushwick. i was there that day watching it burn. i was in citibank across the street and felt the heat in the bank

anon (cpe-98-14-58-241.nyc.res.rr.com): 21st Feb 2012 - 01:08 GMT

the memories of my early childhood in this area, shall live on in my heart eternally...

Ben: 2nd Mar 2012 - 22:05 GMT

wow and just to think that the 77 black outs happened that same year. man Bushwick has been through a lot.

Mary Jean Brocia Foss: 19th Mar 2012 - 01:03 GMT

I remember this fire, if I am not mistaken (5 alarm) in Bushwick--went down in the history books!

Bb2ru: 10th Apr 2012 - 03:00 GMT

Knickerbocker Ave has a total different look now, just went back to visit after almost 20 years and couldn't believe the change, new housing projects, stores,83 Police Pct., schools, Bushwick High School now extendend to Putnam Ave. incredible!!!!!

mike: 25th Apr 2012 - 08:26 GMT

I lived at 248 Bleecker St.My family and I lost everything.It was hot as hell no water because of open hydrants and that knitting mill (Berg & Berg )should have been torn down long before that.The fire was set by glue sniffers who hung out there.The firefighters did the best they could the odds were stacked against them.Our lives have moved on but my memories of that day will never go away.

L.horvath: 19th May 2012 - 22:13 GMT

Brought back wonderful memories...met my wife at a Baker Ball at the Schwaben Hall.

anon (pool-74-108-140-228.nycmny.fios.verizon.net): 19th Jun 2012 - 18:59 GMT

I lived[1949 till 19630 first at 37 Covert Street[off Bushwick Ave] , then 1347 Bushwick Ave[next to DR. Corona] between Schaeffer and decatur] around the corner from the Gay Bar with the piano player] moved to Cypress Hills , July of 63

anon (pool-74-108-140-228.nycmny.fios.verizon.net): 19th Jun 2012 - 19:00 GMT

I can be contacted at Martin9us@yahoo.com

rosemaryinsc: 19th Jun 2012 - 19:53 GMT

I married a guy from Hancock, between Knickerbocker and Irving. I lived 739 Knickerbocker, until a fire in '61. Moved to Cornelia and Knickerbocker

Josephine Russo: 20th Jun 2012 - 12:26 GMT

Bushwick was one of the best area to live in when we were kids I loved growing up in Williamburg but I also remember how beautiful the Bushwick area was..I had alot of friends who lived in Ridgewood and I would take the Wilson ave bus to visit them I went to Bushwick High School until 1959 when I grad.I had inlaws who lived on Starr street between Kick and Wilson and I would walk on Kick.ave with my daughters and shop..They might have burn down Bushwick but we have our memories......

Bb2ru: 25th Jun 2012 - 12:38 GMT

Rosemary who in Hancock did you marry?, I used to live at 1329 Hancock first floor.

Roland Sanchez : 7th Nov 2012 - 02:38 GMT

I was 5yrs old when this happen my house is the one on the left next to the yellow house with the guy wearing the bright yellow shirt its actually the last picture b4 get to this point of the page n the second to the last pic that shows the hollow shell of the factory with all of the debris in the street yhr car

Roland Sanchez : 7th Nov 2012 - 02:52 GMT

The car with the trunk open which was parked in front of my house is my step dad car l cant believe l found these pictures it takes me back l remember looking out my window n seeing huge flames shooting out 3rd floor 3windows the fire was so intense u can feel it from across the street l started yelling to my sister look look look she ran towards the window to see what was going on thats when she seen n felt the heat thats when she grabbed me n we ran out to safety my moms n my stepdad said they can see the fire from the J train crossing the Williamsburg bridge little did they know it was our house n the our neighborhood in flames

Bb2ru: 20th Dec 2012 - 19:40 GMT

I'm trying to locate a girl who used to go by the name of "Candy" her real name is Christina Payne, used to hang around Broadway and Myrtle Aves in the 70's, had a baby girl who she never met. Her duaghter is trying to locate her mom.Thanks

peggy: hey mike did you have a brothr named vinny

Harold Hock: 18th Apr 2013 - 17:23 GMT

I was not living in ridgewood at the time of the fire. My grandmother lived at 209 Menahen St. My aunt worked in that factory and my cusion lived on bleecher st. next to the hall. But I have nothing but good memories of ridgewood. I lived at 312 Wilson Ave. and went to St. Barbara's graduated in 1960.

patti: 22nd Apr 2013 - 03:48 GMT

I lived at 246 Bleecker Street, Mike you must be the caratola family. You remember the carneys we were neighbors. The worst day we all lost everything. Yes that day I will never forget. I left work fire was on news. Took train home from downtown had to get off at Central Ave station and walk to Knickerbocker station, the smoke was so thick hard to see anything. I remember frantically trying to find my family. Worst memory of my life. But thanked God we were all safe.

anon (207-38-145-163.c3-0.avec-ubr2.nyr-avec.ny.cable.rcn.com): 14th Mar 2014 - 01:43 GMT

lived at 13 19 halsey between knick and irving left in 63 -great neighborhood

nancy m: 9th Apr 2014 - 06:17 GMT

I was staying with my grandparents on Bleeker St. I was 14 and watched the fire late into the night. It was the same heat wave that contributed to the blackout. All the kids had the hydrants running around the neighborhood. The cops turned them off and the kids turned them back on again. There was no water pressure. Fire fighters worked with what they could, but could only watch while much of it burned. I found it exciting, until I looked behind me and saw scared children, huddled in doorways, some in pj's, and realized how horrible it really was. I remember the firemen scattering when a wall fell, and trying to tame a run away hose. They stopped the EL service because the tracks were smoldering. The heat melted the fire truck windshields. I guess most of the kids displaced went to 86 or St Bridget's . I spent time in both those schools and 123 and 162.

Comment on this article..

Name:

Type your comment here: Upload photos (opens in popup window)

[previous] :: [next]

search citynoise.org

recent discussions

Mirabel Airport Brochure
from: Franny Wentzel
Kuma Graffiti
from: Peter
Chinatown, Oakland
from: ian
Oldschool NYC
from: Graffiti
Kirsten Larson: American Girl Gone Bad
from: NWhyC
Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center
from: Sean Hopkins
St. Leonard's
from: Gary B.
Dry Dock #1, Brooklyn Navy Yard
from: NWhyC
A Rare Ruin in Bushwick
from: upfromflames
Wild Chickens
from: Tyfoid Kid

from the archives

The Passing of the Ocean Ranger


A tugboat in the Ballard Locks.

The Passing of the Ocean Ranger

recently viewed

Bushwick 77: Burning out the Heart of Bushwick
from: CartLegger
Give Peace a Chance
from: EvilGentleman
Windows Health Care
from: EvilGentleman
Volcanic Lightning
from: County of Kings
7 Train Pervert
from: CC
Currently Unavailable
from: Unknown
America's Most Boring Towns: 3
from: Scott Sargent
Le Spectrum
from: EvilGentleman
Sixy Girl Picture 2
from: Dylan K
Currently Unavailable
from: Unknown