By Tim Rowland
Before the area alternate heart Sep 11 tragedy, the aftermath of a fireplace aboard the steamboat General Slocum within the East River was once the city’s maximum catastrophe. The 1904 occasion happened in the course of an day trip for a church crew. The lack of life1,021 out of the 1,358 passengersdevastated the German-America group that inhabited Manhattan’s East Village. to flee undesirable thoughts, they relocated to the higher East Side’s Yorkville, the explanation why that local grew to become celebrated for its German eating places, shops, and breweries.
On July 23, 1886, now not lengthy after the Brooklyn Bridge opened, a 23-year-old named Steve Brodie introduced that he survived a 150-foot drop from that span into the East River. (A liquor broker provided to again a saloon that Brodie desired to open yet provided that he took the risk). even supposing there have been no witnesses, information of the alleged bounce made headlines, with The ny Times aiding Brodie’s declare, and the word pull a Brodie,” aspiring to attempt a perilous stunt, getting into renowned parlance.
Then too are the unsolved murders, ghost tales, city legends (are there certainly alligators residing within the sewers?), and hidden histories which are all a part of this full of life and alluring chronicle of the world’s maximum city.
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