Death on 72nd Street

Anxiety. Panic. Relief. Sadness. That’s been my range of emotions on this nasty afternoon. At about 3:00 I heard the news: a plane had crashed into the 20th floor of an apartment building on East 72nd Street, near the East River. My parents live on the 19th floor of an apartment building on East 72nd Street, near the East River. Their phone was ringing with no answer. No action on the cell phones. For twenty minutes I frantically searched the net for a photo. Their building? Thank god it wasn’t. They are safe. Relief. (The crash was on the next block.)

Tragically, a member of the Yankee family was on the plane: Cory Lidle. He had almost certainly earned banishment from the Bronx for a few intemperate comments last week. But this news is shocking, and truly awful. Our condolences go to his family, friends, teammates, and fans.

A bad day.

7 comments… add one
  • From this Sox fan to the Yankee family, accept my condolences. This is sad, sad news. But Thurman Munson has a good new pitcher in the everlasting game up above.

    ShawnSF October 11, 2006, 5:13 pm
  • WABC is reporting that Lidle’s wife and child are onboard a plane somewhere traveling, and may not yet know of the accident involving Cory Lidles plane.

    TJ October 11, 2006, 5:23 pm
  • Jesus.
    This is just shocking and scary. Forget the baseball player, that’s completely irrelevant.
    I’m praying for his family tonight, and for the families of the other people killed.
    I wonder what could have happened to the plane?

    yankeesnj October 11, 2006, 5:34 pm
  • Mayor Bloombergs office confirming only 2 deaths, Lidle and a flight instructor. 2 people in the apartment escaped unharmed

    TJ October 11, 2006, 5:44 pm
  • This is beyond bizarre, and obviously very sad.
    That it was a Yankee who was caught up in all the recent back-and-forth over Torre makes it all the more wrenching.
    Mike and the Mad Dog were all over Lidle in an interview just a day or two ago and they sounded pretty unnerved on the radio late this afternoon.

    Hudson October 11, 2006, 6:17 pm
  • very sad news. Just awful.

    Nick-YF October 11, 2006, 6:55 pm
  • I’m deeply saddened by this terrible news. It’s almost beyond belief.

    Andrews October 11, 2006, 7:20 pm

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.