On December 16, 1960, two commercial airliners collided in mid-air over Staten Island. One plane crashed into Staten Island; the other, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with much of the wreckage landing at the intersection of Sterling Place and Seventh Avenue. Ten brownstones, a church, a funeral home, a deli, and a Chinese laundry all caught fire or were destroyed.?
10 year old Stephen Baltz, was rescued by bystanders and rushed to the New York Methodist Hospital. Scouting New York recounts the story of the crash and shows the plaque in the hospital chapel honoring the 135 victims. Stephen was carrying 65 cents in his pocket when the plane hit the ground. This pocket change is embedded in the plaque, a sad reminder of the little boy who dropped from the sky that day.
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