On July 2, 1977, a seventeen-year-old boy set fire to an abandoned tenement building on New York City’s Lower East Side. This fire was just a flicker in an enormous mid-1970s arson wave that struck New York’s poorest neighborhoods; it is remembered today only because a young firefighter named Marty Celic fell to his death as the building collapsed.
Today the site, on East Eighth Street between Avenue C and Avenue D, is the home of a flourishing community garden named in Celic’s m...
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