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New York City AIDS Memorial

 
 
New York City AIDS Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 26, 2017
1. New York City AIDS Memorial
Inscription.  
The NYC AIDS Memorial honors more than 100,000 New Yorkers who died of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). It also recognizes the contributions of caregivers and activists who mobilized to provide care for the ill, fight discrimination, lobby for medical research, and alter the drug approval process, effectively changing the trajectory of the epidemic. The memorial aims to inspire and empower current and future activists, health professionals, and people living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS) in the continuing mission to eradicate the disease.

The Memorial sits on a triangular site that was most recently part of the former St. Vincentís Hospital campus. Following the closing of the hospital in 2010, a public park was designed for the site through a community review process. The new park was constructed by the Rudin Management Company as part of the conversion of the hospital into a residential development and given to the City of New York in 2017.

This park was selected as the site for the AIDS Memorial because it sits at a unique crossroads in early AIDS history in New York City. The earliest
New York City AIDS Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 26, 2017
2. New York City AIDS Memorial
The marker is visible on the right.
documented AIDS cases, first reported in 1981, disproportionately affected the gay male population, which had large communities in the surrounding West Village and Chelsea neighborhoods. As a result of the number of ill patients filling the beds and hallways of the hospital, in 1984 St. Vincentís established the first AIDS ward in the city and the second in the nation. The Memorial site is less than a block from the LGBT Community Center on 13th Street, where ACT-UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and other AIDS advocacy and support groups first organized. It is also within blocks of the first headquarters of Gay Menís Health Crisis (GMHC), and the former office of Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, who pioneered community-based research trials for AIDS drugs. His co-op boardís attempt to evict him led to the nationís first AIDS anti-discrimination case in 1983. Many consider the Memorialís location as the symbolic epicenter of the epidemic and the mobilization against it.

The memorialís white triangular steel sculpture, central fountain, and benches were designed by studio ai architects, selected through an international design competition. Renowned visual artist Jenny Holzer chose and arranged passages from “Song of Myself” (1855), poet Walt Whitmanís transcendent celebration of hope, unity, and human dignity, which are engraved in the memorialís granite pavement.
New York City AIDS Memorial Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 24, 2019
3. New York City AIDS Memorial Fountain
"Song of Myself" passages engraved into the pavement.
The memorial is a place of contemplation and provides a shelter for reflection and remembrance of the men, women, and children lost to AIDS. It also serves as a gathering place and reminder of the work that remains to defeat the disease. The memorial was dedicated on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2016.

The NYC AIDS memorial organization is a 501(c)(3) corporation that developed the memorial and supports the ongoing maintenance and educational programming for the space. For more information and to support this endeavor, please visit nycaidsmemorial.org.
 
Erected by NYC Parks.
 
Location. 40° 44.249′ N, 74° 0.088′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue and West 12th Street on Greenwich Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: NYC AIDS Memorial Park at St Vincent's Triangle, New York NY 10011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Former Site of Saint Vincentís Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Willa Cather (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the First PFLAG meeting (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stuart Davis (about 500 feet away); The Beatrice Inn (about 700 feet away);
NYC AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent's Triangle image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 16, 2019
4. NYC AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent's Triangle
McCarthy Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); 4 Patchin Place / e.e. cummings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Whittemore House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  New York City AIDS Memorial. Official NYC parks description of the monument. (Submitted on November 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. LGBT, LGBTQ
 
Categories. Civil RightsScience & Medicine
 
NYC AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent's Triangle site, 2001 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 11, 2019
5. NYC AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent's Triangle site, 2001
The triangle was one of the Materials Handling Centers for St. Vincent's Hospital.
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 26, 2017
6. Inset
AIDS advocates protest at City Hall, 19??
AIDS Awareness art at the street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 24, 2019
7. AIDS Awareness art at the street
AIDS Awareness art at the street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 24, 2019
8. AIDS Awareness art at the street
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7, 8. submitted on November 21, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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