Thomas J Givnan

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 1 Nov 1918 (aged 28)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot Plot: Section: 18 | Row: S | Plot: --- | Grave: 38
Memorial ID 64179968 · View Source
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On November 1, 1918, the worst transit disaster in New York City history occurred just outside Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The wooden cars of the Brighton Beach line of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit (B.R.T.) company left the tracks, crashing inside the tunnel beneath the busy intersection where Flatbush Avenue, Ocean Avenue and Malbone Street met [Google map]. The Malbone Street Wreck killed nearly 100 people and injured more than 250. Criminal trials and lawsuits arising from the accident dragged on for years, contributing to the bankruptcy of the BRT. The name "Malbone Street" became associated with the disaster; it's known today as Empire Boulevard.

Thomas Givnan was killed in the Malbone Street wreck, leaving his wife Jennie (Flynn) Givnan, and infant daughter Florence Givnan.

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  • Created by: Sarah Morris
  • Added: 13 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64179968
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas J Givnan (30 Apr 1890–1 Nov 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64179968, citing Saint John Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Sarah Morris (contributor 47006023) .