This history of the legendary Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. A guided walking tour created in partnership with the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.


Travel through the city and through time as we uncover little known secrets about the fire that forever changed NYC and the USA.

Cost: $80

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Walk with scholars as we reveal the transformative events of the fire.

The Triangle Fire was a dramatic tragedy that resonated with people of conscience world wide.  It remains a singular event today, often evoked when a fire breaks out in a workplace or apartment house.  But the fire was even more than that.

People’s Heritage Tours offers a unique historical look at New York City, uncovering forgotten movements and people who changed the way we live.   Architecture, monuments, parks, and avenues are reanimated as we tell the stories of the men and women who made the city and country what they are.

Meeting Location

7 East 7th Street, New York, NY  10003 at the south entrance to Cooper Union at Astor Place.

Get there by Subway:
Any train to Union Square, then walk 6 minutes south to Astor Place, or take the #6 train to Astor Place, or take the R train to Broadway and 8th Street.


What are the health and safety protocols?
People’s Heritage Tour guides will follow all traffic and pedestrian laws. We also adhere to Centers for Disease Control guidelines regarding respiratory illnesses. This tour takes place entirely outside, minimizing the risk of transmission. We encourage you to wear a mask at all times. In either case, we suggest bringing a mask to wear if you are taking public transportation, or if you intend to enter a restaurant, hotel, or retail shop.

Who are the guides?
People’s Heritage Tours are guided by experts, active scholars, and university professors. They have a passion for the history and a deep base of knowledge to answer questions and discuss topics that come up during the tour.

How long are the tours?
Tour times vary. Private and group tours may be tailored to a desired length. A typical length for a public tour is about two hours, walking about two miles, at a leisurely pace, stopping at various sites along the way.

How will I meet my guide?
Your guide will be at the appointed starting point and time, sporting a headset and New York City guide’s license. You can also call or text the guide at: 718-419-2285.

What if I am late?
Tours begin on time. Most guides spend about fifteen minutes at the meeting point with introductions and giving an overview of the tour. If you are later than that, you can catch up with the group on the tour route. It is best to call and to text so we can look out for you.

What happens during inclement weather?
The tour will operate rain or shine. If local authorities predict severe weather, we will cancel the tour and issue vouchers for another day or a full refund, whichever customers prefer.

May I cancel?
You may cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before a tour and receive a full refund or a gift card in the same amount to be used for any tour we offer.

Do you accept tips?
We understand that some people are able to pay more than others. You should not feel compelled to tip, but we are very grateful if you do. We also appreciate heartfelt thanks at the end of the tour, a positive review, and additional donations to our non-profit partners.

Where can I find restrooms?
Clean and comfortable restrooms are available in most hotel lobbies. The Standard on Cooper Square is near the beginning of the Triangle Fire tour. The Hyatt Union Square is on Fourth Avenue at the end of the tour.

What should I wear?
Dress for comfort and the weather. At minimum, we recommend sneakers or good sturdy walking shoes, an umbrella or rain poncho just in case, a brimmed hat, and a lightweight day pack to carry an extra sweater or gloves.

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Women, immigrants, youth, people of color, queer people, artists, intellectuals and working people all have histories of standing up against oppression, and building institutions and movements that made improvements for others as well. We walk the streets to animate those stories and reveal the evidence of historic events and social movements sitting in plain sight.