Happy Land Social Club Memorial
March 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Happy Land Social Club fire. On March 25, 1990, eighty-seven people were killed in the Happy Land Social Club on Southern Boulevard in the Tremont section of the Bronx. Julio Gonzales, a recent Cuban immigrant, entered the club and quarreled with his girlfriend, Lydia Feliciano, a club employee. Gonzales left the club, doused the only exit to the building with gasoline, and set it on fire. Trapped inside the burning building, eighty-seven people, including the club owner, died from smoke inhalation within minutes.