New York City along many other towns and cities across the United States, have witnessed decades of political violence stemming from various ideological groups.  From its successes and from its failures, some have learned ways to both cope and or combat the violence. From these experiences, we display our resilience to the world.

Anarchism

On July 4th, 1914 dynamite prematurely detonates inside a top floor Harlem apartment killing four people. The dynamite had been planned to be used to blow up John D. Rockefellers home.

Source: NY Times

On September 16, 1920, a man operating a horse drawn cart stopped at Exchange Place and Wall Street directly across from the J.P. Morgan building, and left horse and cart behind.

At 12:01 p.m. the cart exploded killing over 30 and injuring some 300.

Source: FBI

On March 28th 1908, during a union rally held in Union Square Park New York City, a bomb explodes in the hands of anarchist Selig Cohen aka Selig Silverstein as he attempts to throw at police.

Source: Ephemeral New York

Over 16 years during the 1940’s-1950’s, George Metesky AKA “The Mad Bomber” terrorized New York City by planting bombs in various locations in bring attention to his secret grievance of Con Ed (Consolidated Edison). George Metesky was a former employee with Ed but was let go after getting injured on the job.

In April of 1951, one bomb was planted in a phone booth in the New York Public Library at East 42nd and 5th Avenue.

Source: NY Times

Anti Government (Left Wing)

January 27th, 1972: The assassinations of Police Officers Gregory Foster & Rocco Laurie at East 11th Street and Avenue B in New York City by the Black Liberation Army (BLA).

On March 6th, 1970 An apartment rented by members of the Weather Underground, accidently detonates explosives inside 18th West 11th Street New York City.

Source: NY Daily News

On January 24th, 1975, Puerto Rican nationalist group the (FALN) Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña planted a suitcase bomb in the lobby of Fraunces Tavern located in lower Manhattan, New York City killing 4 and injuring 44.

Source: NY Times

Serial Killers

On July 31, 1977 David Berkowitz aka “The Son of Sam” shot and killed Stacy Moskowitz and Robert Violante who were parked in their car.

Source: NY Daily News

Religious

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