THE SHERRY-NETHERLAND HOTEL FIRE.
At 59th and Fifth in 1927 the 38-story Sherry-Netherland, only months from opening, turned into a blazing torch.
"The building was almost fully enclosed in April 1927 when, around 8 p.m., fire broke out on the wood plank scaffolding surrounding the uppermost floors. Elevators were not fully operational, and there was omething wrong with the standpipes; the fire department could not muster up enough water pressure.
Awed Thousands Watch Blazing Timbers Drop to Roofs and Streets,” read the headline the next day in The New York Times, which said that “probably hundreds of thousands” saw the fire from all around New York. The windows of the Plaza across the street were “black with people”; every front room was engaged, either by news organizations or for spontaneous parties to watch the fire.
Planks tumbled to the street for hours, and The Times said one “sailed in a crazy parabola” and crashed against the Savoy-Plaza, also nearly finished; occasionally minor collapses of the scaffolding turned the picturesque top into a “lofty Roman candle.” The crowds on the street could feel the heat on their faces, and the roar and crackle of the fire could be heard for blocks around. The fire burned itself out around midnight." -NY Times.
The flames were said to have been visible from Long Island. The fire ignited a debate in the press concerning the ability of the available technology to put out fires in high-rise buildings. New York Historical Society. Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157458182753495&set=g.1678133199124076&type=1&theater&ifg=1
The William A. Clark House, nicknamed "Clark's Folly", was a mansion located at 962 Fifth Avenue on the northeast corner of its intersection with East 77th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. It was demolished in 1927 and replaced with a luxury apartment building. Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216212194089963&set=g.1678133199124076&type=1&theater&ifg=1