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Introduction
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Title
Flight 587 Beach 131 Commemorative
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Town, State
New York, NY
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ID #
1331
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Compilation Date (Initial)
November 28, 2004
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Compilation Date (Latest)
November 19, 2010
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Site Worked Last
November 29, 2010
Description
The memorial recalls and mourns passengers, crew and others who were killed when a jetliner crashed and burned. Carrying 260 souls and bound for the Dominican Republic, American Airlines Flight 587 departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Minutes later, it crashed into the nearby Rockaway peninsula neighborhood of Belle Harbor, Queens county, New York city. All aboard perished. Dying too were five Belle Harbor residents when the jet fell from the sky and destroyed their homes in the 9:17 AM crash, November 12, 2001. • The memorial is comprised of an engraved stone situated beneath a tree. The stonework, on the southeast corner of Newport Avenue as it crosses Beach 131st Street, Belle Harbor, marks the jetliner’s first, tragic and crushing impact. The memorial’s engraving recalls and dedicates itself to all those lost on November 12th -- passengers, crew as well as residents on the ground. • Sponsored by the City of New York and the Borough of Queens, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, and Helen M. Marshall, Borough President, respectively, the memorial was dedicated November 11, 2003. This database includes six public monuments and memorials recalling Flight 587. See Comments and Notes, below, for specifics.
Content
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Nature's violence/accidents
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Group of common citizens/persons
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Not Applicable
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Male and Female
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Combination
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Not Applicable
Design
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Man-made
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Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
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Stone/Rock w/wo tablet
4)
Stone/rock
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Average (life-size)
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Inscribed/lettered directly
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Text available, all
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Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2700-737.1, 2700-737.2, 2700-737.3, 2700-737.4
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Design Preservation
Satisfactory
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Commercially available
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Fabricators/Builders
Not Applicable
Setting
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1)
Walkway|Street
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
4 Satisfactory
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
4 Satisfactory
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
4 Satisfactory
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
5 Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
4.2 Satisfactory (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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2002
5)
November 12, 2003
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Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government , Not Yet Determined
Themes
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MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
Demography
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1)
File Number
51
2)
Town/City
New York
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County
Queens
4)
District
Belle Harbor
5)
State
NY
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Zip
11694
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.5775250000
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Longitude (GPS)
-73.8497420000
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Intersecting Street 1
Beach 131 St
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Newport Ave
12)
Additional Identifier 1
13)
Additional Identifier 2
15)
Man-made
16)
Government, Local
17)
2001-current
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
November 28, 2004
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19.1)
Newspaper
19.2)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
November 19, 2010
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Compilation Technique (Latest)
Site Survey
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
SITE DEVELOPMENT: Start Date -- The memorial’s start is considered by the database to be the year 2002, because during this time, as reflected in the article by Sarah Kershaw in The New York Times of 12/25/2002, discussion began about where a permanent memorial should be built – at the crash site, Newport Avenue and Beach 131st Street, or at the city-proffered site at Beach 116th Street. Other locations were also under considertion.
SITE MAINTENANCE and SPONSOR: Local government -- City of New York
COMMENT: For public monuments in this database centered on American Flight 587, see ID numbers 939, 1331, 1332, 1490, 1491 and 1492.
COMMENT 2: Digitized reference materials are stored, off-line, with ID# 1332 materials.
COMMENT 3: Among many decisions crash survivors were required to make, a last and very contentious was where to inter human remains not identified or not claimed. On May 6, 2007, five-plus years following the crash, 889 such fragments, following a Catholic Mass, were placed in four coffins in a mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York, in its Garden Conservatory. The mausoleum inscription in Spanish: “En Recuerdo de/ los fallecidos/ el 12 Noviembre de 2001/ siempre los recordaremos/ Flight 587” And in English: “In memory of/ those lost/ on November 12, 2001/ always in our thoughts/ Flight 587”




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