Permanent Memorials to 9/11

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tribute in Light on September 6, 2011. Tribute in Light on September 6, 2011. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Sylvia Laudien-Meo, art historian and tour leader with the Municipal Art Society, discusses the permanent memorials in remembrance of September 11, both within the city and throughout the tri-state area.

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"The Rising" in Valhalla, NY, is a tribute to 109 Westchester residents who died on 9/11.
The Austin J. Tobin sculpture called "The Sphere" was originally placed between the two towers. It is now placed in Battery Park.
This FDNY memorial wall installed in the building of Engine Company 10 on Greenwich Street is 56 feet long, and depicts the 343 firefighters who died in service on 9/11.
Xavier de Jauréguiberry/flickr
The official 9/11 memorial in Liberty State Park in Jersey City is called "Empty Sky." The names of 746 victims are engraved.
The memorial "Postcards" along the North Shore Waterfront near St. George Terminal honors 274 Staten Islanders.


Sylvia Laudien-Meo

Comments [19]


Keep the towers, I do not care how much money our taxes go up or whatever, just keep those spotlights running baby ;) Long live America!

Nov. 06 2013 06:01 PM
Mark Gallucci from

The memorial at Echo Lake Park, in Union County NJ, is austere, and stunning in it's simplicity and it's resemblance to the Twin Towers.

Sep. 11 2013 10:21 PM
Catskill Woman from Olive, NY

I live in Olive which is a small, rural town with the Ashokan Reservoir in the middle of it. We have a beautiful bluestone bench with the legs of the bench fashioned in the image of the twin towers at our town park. Engraved on it are "September 11, 2001" and "Never forget". The bluestone was donated by local stone yards and lovingly carved and polished by a local artist. It was dedicated in 2007.

Sep. 11 2013 02:04 PM

CT's memorial is at the beautiful Sherwood Island State Park, from which you can see Manhattan; CT residents watched the smoke rise on 9/11 from a point on the beach.

Sep. 11 2013 01:38 PM
Adele from Bayonne, NJ

At the end of the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne is the Teardrop Memorial, given to the people of Bayonne by Russia. It was meant for Jersey City but wound up in Bayonne. The actual title is To the Struggle Against World Terrorism.

Some people love it, others deride it, but it's Bayonne's. The Port Authority now owns the land.

Sep. 11 2013 01:02 PM
Dianna from New York, NY

The 9/11 Memorial @ Breezy Point, NY is the most emotion-filled of any memorial I have ever seen.
Out of this small community of 2800 homes, 31 people were lost in the towers.

Not long after the tragedy, a steel beam cut from the rubble in a cross-shape, was erected on the bayside. People would go there and add their own crosses made from sticks and grasses, placing them in the sand around the large cross. Flowers and notes were also left behind.

In a remarkably short period of time volunteers built an inspirational permanent memorial. The memorial is meant as a place of reflection. A long rambling ramp was built (with lumber donated by Breezy Lumber), with a platform at the end. The platform includes benches on which to sit and reflect on what happened 9/11/01. The entire structure faces the site of the World Trade Center across Jamaica Bay.
The most extraordinary part of the memorial is that embedded into the fence of the platform section is an individual panel, etched in glass for each of the 31 victims. Every one is different and poignant in its own way.
My favorite (?) is an etching of our local dock with a lone fishing rod leaning against its railing. The person this panel dedicated to was obviously a fisherman. There are no words – just a fishing rod with no fisherman. I cry every time I see it and the image gives me chills as I write this now.

PS – While the Breezy Point community was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy, the 9/11 Memorial survived completely unscathed.

Sep. 11 2013 12:46 PM
Ze'ev Willy Neumann

For the 12th year I draw a casting shadow of the twins where we had them on the horizon of--- Richardson St & Lorimar in Williamsberg Bk. If every street that had the Twins in there horizon will have a painting of the casting shadow from everywhere around it then from the sky they all point to ground zero. this is how you show the connection of the surrounding neighborhood to WTC.

You can see the piece here:

Sep. 11 2013 12:29 PM

I'm so disturbed by all the fetish around 911.
Did msnbc have to show "911 as it happened" this morning?
So sick I hope everyone turned it off also.

Sep. 11 2013 12:11 PM
Melissa from Crown Heights

Speaking of memorials being out in nature, near Pawling, NY, a large American Flag is painted on a rock outcropping along the Appalachian Trail. It is a 9/11 memorial and is pointed in the direction of NYC. What I don't know is if it was painted in memory of a local resident hiker, or just as a reminder of the tragedy in general.

Sep. 11 2013 12:04 PM
Jess from Battery Park

Battery Park Labyrinth for Contemplation. It is not a phallic emergence but embedded in the ground and can be walked in the nurturing space of the Jerusalem Grove by the Korean War Memorial, few see it.

Sep. 11 2013 12:01 PM
ba from UWS

There's a headstone-type 9/11 monument, engraved with a list of names and surrounded by a flower garden, at the gate of bungalow community in Accord, NY.

Sep. 11 2013 11:57 AM
Laura from Yonkers

I love the individual memorials on people's cars on my neighborhood. Very personal. I live in park hill in Yonkers.

Sep. 11 2013 11:57 AM

Marsh's memorial to its staff is lovely & touching.

Sep. 11 2013 11:56 AM
Jennifer from Flushing

My husband's friend's father who is a Korean War vet set up a memorial garden to 9/11 victims in the island of his street across from his house on 204th Street between 32nd/33rd Ave in Bayside.

Sep. 11 2013 11:54 AM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

Hey Brian ask people to post pics of these memorials

Sep. 11 2013 11:53 AM
William from Manhattan

Not specific to 9/11, but don't forget the lovely and powerful Firemen's Memorial at Riverside Drive and West 100th Street in Manhattan. The inscription is timeless: TO THE MEN OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT / OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK / WHO DIED AT THE CALL OF DUTY / SOLDIERS IN A WAR THAT NEVER ENDS / THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED / BY THE PEOPLE OF A GRATEFUL CITY / ERECTED MCMXII

Sep. 11 2013 11:53 AM

On Richardson St. and Lorimer in Williamsburg, there is a painted outline of where the shadows of the towers used to fall on the street. I'm pretty sure the same artists re-paints them every September 11th.

Sep. 11 2013 11:51 AM
The Truth from Becky

God Bless America.

God Bless all of the affected families and survivors of 9/11.

My prayers are with you all.

Sep. 11 2013 11:49 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

God Bless America.

Sep. 11 2013 09:33 AM

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