14.1.10

NYC Tidbits: 23 Wall Street

Did you know that in 1920, a wagon loaded with dynamite exploded across the street from the J.P Morgan Co. building (23 Wall Street, now apparently being converted into residences designed by Philippe Starck)? I've read various accounts reporting various numbers, but as it exploded during the busy lunch hour, more than 30 people were killed and over 400 injured. Occurring not long after one of the country's most difficult financial crises, nobody knows if it was an accident or deliberate attack. J.P. Morgan never repaired the fa├žade, and numerous pock marks are still visible on the Wall Street side of the building.

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