Monday, December 13th, 2010
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Maybe Airplanes Weren't Such A Great Invention After All

"On a street of brownstones in Park Slope, Brooklyn—a run-down neighborhood politely described at the time as being “in transition”—one plane, a state-of-the-art jetliner, gouged long-lasting scars. The tail slammed down in an intersection. White-hot engines, smoldering cargo and badly burned bodies fell nearby. A stream of jet fuel touched off a fire that grew to seven alarms and destroyed 10 buildings and a church. Two men selling Christmas trees on a corner and a man shoveling snow were killed."
If you live in New York, and have, for the past nine years, watched every airplane that passes overhead with a bit of secret dread, waiting for a sudden change in direction, a violent dive, ready to sound the alarm (and why wouldn't you do this?), you might not want to read this account of when two planes crashed in mid-air over Park Slope. But I do/have/did. And I'm looking forward to the rest of the Times' weeklong series on the disaster that happened 50 years ago this Thursday.

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Shoveling snow is dangerous!

saythatscool (#101)

So what's your password, Dave? Mine is NYCherette4eva

Bittersweet (#765)

In a former life, I was involved in strategy consulting and one client was a Federal organization very close to Dulles Airport in Virginia.

One day my boss and I were walking outside during a break from client sessions when we saw a 747 thunder over our heads. My boss shook his head and said, "It'll never work."

(And crap, occasionally it doesn't.)

Smitros (#5,315)

It's interesting that the Times is using this as a device for comparing then and now, when they could probably do the same with the neighborhood affected by November 2001 plane crash (in Queens, I think) that killed quite a few more people.

brent_cox (#40)

The Rockaways. But "50 yrs ago.." is a convenient peg.

hman (#53)

…and who in Park Slope doesn't read the Times?

Hey, I was there! In the rockaways! On 11/11/01, when the plane crashed. It landed about 10 blocks from my apartment – woke me up and shook the house like crazy. Ask if you want to know more!

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