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Introduction
1)
Title
Flight 587 New York City Memorial
2)
Town, State
New York, NY
3)
ID #
1332
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
November 28, 2004
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
November 03, 2009
6)
Site Worked Last
April 08, 2014
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 9:16 AM crash, November 12, 2001.

• Following a juried competition, Dominican-born and New York resident Freddy Rodriguez created the favored memorial, with design support by Brooklyn-based Situ Studio. A vermilion granite wall of Canadian origin is the memorial’s essential commemorative design feature. Long, curved, pierced – a semipermeable membrane, perhaps -- it connects the Atlantic Ocean to its south with the landscaped plaza to its north. The names of the Flight’s 265 dead are carved alphabetically into the granite, with the five homeowners and the nine crew members clustered. The wall also holds poetic and narrative writings in Spanish and English.

• Flight 587 Memorial Belle Harbor is situated at the ocean end of Beach 116th Street, beyond Rockaway Beach Boulevard, abutting the Ocean Promenade Walkway.

• The work received both public and private support. The City of New York coordinated design and construction efforts, and it will also maintain the memorial through its Parks and Recreation department. It was dedicated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on November 12, 2006, five years after the deadly crash. The database knows of other public monuments and memorials recalling Flight 587; see Comments box, below, for information.
Content
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1)
Nature's violence/accidents
2)
Group of common citizens/persons
3)
Not Applicable
4)
Male and Female
5)
Combination
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Wall/wall-like
4)
Stone/rock
5)
Large
6)
Main + Two
7)
Inscribed/lettered directly
8)
Text available, partial
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2800-819.1, 2800-819.2, 2800-819.3, 2800-819.4, 2800-819.5, 2800-819.6, 2800-819.7, 2800-819.8, 2800-819.9, 2800-819.10
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Rodriguez, Freddy
12.2)
Designer 2
Artist/Artistic Group: Situ Studio
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Parks & Recreation Department 
13.2)
Fabricator City
New York 
13.3)
Fabricator State
NY 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
Setting
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1)
Plaza arrangement
2)
Land (elevation/depression) , Water
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
5 Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
5 Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
5 Good
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
4 Satisfactory
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
6 Very Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
5.0 Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
November 19, 2001
5)
November 12, 2006
6)
Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government
Themes
1)
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
3)
County
Queens
4)
District
Rockaway Beach
5)
State
NY
6)
Zip
11694
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.5781520000
9)
Longitude (GPS)
-73.8363700000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Beach 116 St
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Ocean Promenade Walkway
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Rockaway Park
13)
Additional Identifier 2
Rockaway Beach Blvd
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Business/businesses
16.2)
Citizens/residents
16.3)
Government, Local
16.4)
Membership Group/Public Contribution
17)
2001-current
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
November 28, 2004
19)
19.1)
Government Materials
19.2)
Newspaper
19.3)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
November 03, 2009
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
21.1)
Site Survey
21.2)
Newspaper
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
SITE DEVELOPMENT: Start -- Assumed to be 11/19/2001, when Community Board 14 held a meeting to discuss a possible Flight 587 memorial to those lost in the Rockaways crash of American Airlines Flight 587 (as well as a possible 9/11 memorial to those killed in the recent WTC terrorist attacks (see ID #1891)), as reported in the "Rockaway Wave," 11/24/2001.
SITE DEVELOPMENT: Compilation Date -- second, interim date: 11/13/2006
COMMENT: This site is some 17 blocks (15 down, two over) from the crash site at Beach 131st St and Newport Ave, Belle Harbor. See ID# 1331 Flight 587 Beach 131 Commemorative.
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”
COMMENT 4: For public monuments in this database centered on American Flight 587, see ID numbers 939, 1331, 1332, 1490, 1491 and 1492.



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