Bronx rebuilds after arson-rampant 70s
"The Bronx is burning" was a phrase used in the 70s when arson was rampant in the borough. The Bronx has since been revitalized and brought itself back from the ashes.
Retired FDNY Lt. John Kenny worked out of Ladder 59 during the 70s, a time he calls "the war years." Kenny says firefighters were doing between 5,000 and 6,000 runs a year during this time as arson was rampant in the Bronx.