It was now fifty years ago today, when quiet, snow-blanketed Seventh Avenue was disrupted by the unthinkable—a passenger airplane fell from the sky, landing on Seventh and Sterling Place.
The crash was then the worst aviation accident in American history. All aboard and six on the ground perished. In total, 134 were left dead.
Today, Green-Wood Cemetery unveiled an eight-foot granite memorial in honor of those who lost their lives when United Airlines Flight 826 plummeted to the ground.
The event drew throngs of people—those who had lost loved ones in the crash, who had simply lived nearby and recalled the crash, and those who had only recently learned of the tragedy for the first time.
"I remember the sadness on the faces of people that day," recalled Green-Wood Cemetery President Richard J. Moylan, who was in school in Park Slope when the crash happened. "I didn't really understand it then, but I would never forget it."
Fifty years later, it seems few have forgotten.