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West 104th St. Garden (New York)

 

Type of Memorial: Community Garden

 

Address: 6-10 W. 104th St.

City: New York

State: New York

Country: United States

 

Open to Public: Yes

 

Description: Purpose:The "living memorial" is a "Hope of Harmony" garden bed. It is a 4x8 plot with red, white, and blue annuals as borders on four sides, centered with a dwarf spruce tree donated by a friend of a firefighter from W. 100th St. FDNY station 4 blocks away who died in WTC.

Reason site was selected:The garden's members wanted to respond to the events of 9/11.

Events planned for site:The garden posted a translation from a German poem on the event in an Oak leaf circlet. They lit a 30-day candle in a tall glass holder at the entrance to the garden and kept it lit. The Community Garden is planning to hold a candelight vigil and have its members present for a raising of the flag, and a short service in the early evening. Finally, organizers did not notice an immediate increase in garden visitors after 9/11 until late in winter 2001 and early spring 2002, when more poeple stopped in just to sit quietly and read.

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