This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.

(Gouverneur Hospital pictured in the 1929Department of Hospital First Annual Report )

On a windy morning in February of 1905, Frank Riley jumped off a Nostrand Avenue trolley car crossing the Williamsburg Bridge to chase after the hat that blew off his head. The 21-year-old fireman lost his balance and fell into a snowbank 65 feet below. When the ambulance arrived, only his feet were visible above the snow’s surface. Riley was taken to Gouverneur Hospital.

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