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Introduction
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Title
Flight 587 Astoria Park Memorial
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Town, State
New York, NY
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ID #
939
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Compilation Date (Initial)
November 10, 2002
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Compilation Date (Latest)
October 08, 2010
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Site Worked Last
November 29, 2010
Description
This memorial grove of six oak and six serviceberry trees recalls and mourns passengers and crew killed when their jetliner crashed and burned. At the crash site, five local residents were also killed. 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 remembrance site – a sister-site is located in Bani, Dominican Republic -- includes an engraved stone marker that commemorates the sorrowful occurrence. The memorial grove is located in the northwest corner of Astoria Park, near where Shore and Ditmars Boulevards cross and just beside and below the Hell Gate railroad bridge crossing of the East River, between Queens and Manhattan, New York, NY. • The memorial’s creation was sponsored/supported by the HHS Foundation, non-profit and Queens-based, caring for children of the Dominican Republic; Thomas M. Quinn & Sons, Inc., a Long Island City funeral home, founded 1896; the National Tree Trust, a nationwide organization “dedicated to planting trees;” and, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. • The memorial was dedicated November 9, 2002. • This database includes six public monuments and memorials recalling Flight 587. See Comments and Notes, below, for specifics.
Content
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1)
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
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Terrestrial
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Parallel
3)
Earthworks
4)
Landscaping
5)
Large
7)
Not applicable
8)
Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
3000-333.1, 3000-333.2, 3000-333.3, 3000-333.4
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Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
Yes
11.1)
Parallel Description
Tablet/Plaque
11.2)
Parallel Preservation
Good
11.3)
Parallel Scale Inscription/Text
Average (life-size)
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Not yet determined
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Not Yet Determined
Setting
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1)
Park/Garden/Lawn/Field
2)
Land (elevation/depression) , Open Space , Water
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
5 Good
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
5 Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
4.4 Satisfactory (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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2002
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November 09, 2002
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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
Astoria
5)
State
NY
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Zip
11105
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Country
United States
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Latitude (GPS)
40.7818850000
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Longitude (GPS)
-73.9197590000
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Intersecting Street 1
Ditmars Blvd
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Intersecting Street 2
Shore Blvd
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Additional Identifier 1
Astoria Park
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Additional Identifier 2
15)
Terrestrial
16)
16.1)
Auxiliary support group
16.2)
Business/businesses
16.3)
Community Group
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2001-current
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
November 10, 2002
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19.1)
Newspaper
19.2)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
October 08, 2010
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
21.1)
Site Survey
21.2)
Website
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Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
RACIAL/ETHNICITY: Combination -- Hispanic, Caucasian, likely others.
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT: Start Date -- Assumed to be 2002.
SETTING: NUMBER OF MONUMENTS ON SITE -- There are two others in the area, but not yet entered into the database.
LEAD SPONSOR(S): Auxillary support group -- National Tree Trust; Business/businesses -- Thomas M. Quinn & Sons, Inc.; Community group -- Hipolito-Hector-Steven (HHS) Foundation.
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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