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Introduction
1)
Title
Jersey City Memorial 9/11 WTC
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Town, State
Jersey City, NJ
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ID #
1901
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Compilation Date (Initial)
July 19, 2011
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
July 19, 2011
6)
Site Worked Last
April 19, 2012
Description
The memorial recalls for an observer those killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001, and in particular it honors 38 men and women who were residents of Jersey City, New Jersey, the site of the monument. The memorial pulls one’s gaze from where the work stands, out over the Hudson River toward Manhattan, and, especially, toward the now-changed skyline in the ground zero area at the island’s southern tip. On that catastrophic day in 2001, from the monument’s location on the waterfront, looking eastward, townspeople and, soon-to-be, rescue workers were able to see – like others, in bewilderment and disbelief – the trade center’s twin towers burn and then one after the other collapse. Remembered too by the memorial are those who helped with the rescue of thousands in their escape from New York as many survivors were brought from ground zero by ferry to be examined and treated. Here, one is reminded too of the giving by countless volunteers and of the hard work contributed by so many first responders. • The memorial site includes twisted steel beams from the trade center’s ground zero site – and hence the work’s alternate title: “Twisted Mangle.” Between these honored steel pieces and the Hudson waterfront stands a black granite stone, a rectangle in shape with six-by-eight foot dimensions that rests on a pedestal. The polished granite has etched on its several surfaces images, dedicatory language and the 38 names of those killed in the attacks. More specifically, its west-facing side contains an image of the twin towers of the trade center; on the east-facing side of the monument are the 38 names of the Jersey City residents. And on the two remaining, comparatively slender, planes are the names of memorial development committee members who served to create, build and sustain the memorial works on behalf of the city and its citizens. • Private donors contributed to the monument’s development by means of the 9/11 Memorial Committee of Jersey City, Inc., 15 members strong and headed by John Guarini and Joseph Napolitano, Sr. City government, led by Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham, secured the steel from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, owner of the trade center, not long after the attacks. Jersey City, which provides site maintenance services, also contributed the space and, later, paid for some necessary inscription repairs. • The memorial -- some three blocks south of the Exchange Place PATH station -- is situated on the Hudson River waterfront, at the foot of Grand Street, immediately east of Hudson Street. It was unveiled September 9, 2002.
Content
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1)
Individual|group/family recognition
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Group of common citizens/persons
3)
Not Applicable
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Male and Female
5)
Combination
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Diorama|model|complex
4)
Stone/rock and metal
5)
Large
6)
Main + Two
7)
Inscribed/lettered directly
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Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2700-744.1, 2700-744.2, 2700-744.3, 2700-744.4, 2700-744.5, 2700-744.6, 2700-744.7, 2700-744.8, 2700-744.9, 2700-744.10
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Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Not yet determined
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Not Yet Determined
Setting
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1)
Plaza arrangement
2)
Open Space , 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
7 Exceptional
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
6 Very Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
5.6 Very Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
2001
5)
September 11, 2002
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Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
1769 , 1900 , 1902
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
61
2)
Town/City
Jersey City
3)
County
Hudson
4)
District
Exchange Place
5)
State
NJ
6)
Zip
07302
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.7148250000
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Longitude (GPS)
-74.0333210000
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Intersecting Street 1
Grand St
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Hudson St
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Waterfront
13)
Additional Identifier 2
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Government, Local
16.2)
Membership Group/Public Contribution
17)
2001-current
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
July 19, 2011
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19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Newspaper
19.3)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
TITLE ALTERNATE: Twisted Mangle
DESIGN (1): In the summer of 2006, the monument was moved by Burns Bros. Memorial, Jersey City, to a granite company in Vermont to correct errors in the work’s original inscription program, including the misspelling of eight names. By the 9/11 memorial ceremonies of 2006, the piece was back in place.
DESIGN (2): City government staff, Pro Arts, an arts organization in the city, as well as individual local artists and others helped energize an inclusive, monument selection process; formally the Jersey City 9/11 Memorial Committee, this leadership group, during 2002, chose a proposal, one of 63 submissions, by Voss Finn, of Cincinnati. During 2003, however, despite this selection process – some would say outside this process – a work by a Russian sculptor, Zurab Tsereteli, named “To the Struggle against World Terrorism,” came to be favored by the city’s governing council. Ultimately, in 2005, for a variety of reasons, the Tsereteli gambit could not prevail in Jersey City. (It was however chosen by the city of Bayonne, a near-neighbor, and dedicated in 2006.) But, by 2005 the window had closed for the Voss Finn proposal via the 9/11 Memorial Committee. The monument in place at the tenth anniversary is that installed for the first anniversary, on 9/11/2002.
SITE MAINTENANCE: Local government: Jersey City, NJ
SITE DEVELOPMENT: Start -- Assumed 2001
SPONSOR(S): Membership Group/Public Contribution -- 9/11 Memorial Committee of Jersey City, Inc.
SOURCES: Nyier Abdou and Brendan Berls, “Removal of 9/11 Plaque Irks Some,” The Star-Ledger, August 20, 2006; Jason Fink, “Grumbles Over Big Gift,” Jersey Journal, December 17, 2003; Tom Jennemann, “Status of 9/11 Memorials in Each Town Some Progress But Also a Lot of Debate,” Hudson Reporter.com, September 9, 2006; Ricardo Kaulessar, “Making Sure That 9/11 Is Not Forgotten,” Jersey City Reporter.com, September 3, 2005; Prescott Tolk, “Tribute of Steel: Jersey City Acquires WTC Remnants for Memorial Sculpture.” Hudson Reporter.com, June 7, 2002.




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