Another 9/11 memorial for Tod’s Point?

That seems to be the proposal and I’ll admit to mixed feelings. That was a horrific day and I will always sorrow, but I’m not sure what a second memorial accomplishes – I reflect on the incident just about every time I go to the Point and gaze down to the New York skyline with its missing towers. Works for me, but I also can understand how family members and friends of victims could want more. It’s a poser, but I guess our RTM will puzzle out the right thing to do.

(By the way, if you can make your way to Captain’s Island, check out the original memorial – beautiful and moving).

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14 responses to “Another 9/11 memorial for Tod’s Point?

  1. xyzzy

    I was at ground zero that day and honestly I wonder what the motives are for people who keep bringing it up. I don’t think it helps the mourning process to keep the pain fresh, and I worry that the event is being used to further a political agenda.

    • I don’t see it as political, XYZZY but then again, what isn’t these days? Still, friends of mine lost children that day, other friends barely escaped and my own two daughters watched the towers burning (before the cops, for inexplicable reasons, closed the Point). So I’m still angry, and won’t forget it, but another memorial? I’m inclined to think not.

  2. The site proposed is on top of the concrete sewage disposal vault for the Grass Island Waste Water Discharge into Greenwich Harbor.

    I swear I am not making this up. Go look.

    Greenwich Point, the obvious site, was rejected due to our denial of access policy, which would impact out-of-town visitors to the memorial.

    Repeat: I swear I am not making this up. Go look.

    • Yes, Earth, I did see that it’s being proposed for the sewage plant but I sensed that was kind of a red herring. For sure, if that’s the only place to put it, then we shouldn’t do it at all.

  3. Stanwich

    Some mixed feelings here too. Not sure Grass Island is a “nice” enough place for such a memorial. I thought Roger Sherman Baldwin Park or even Bruce Park near the water would have been more suitable. Also, why are we thinking of this now and not a few years ago? While I applaud the organizers’ intent, I worry that a compressed time frame will not allow for a thoughtful and proper memorial. In fact, I think constructing a memorial in time of the 15th or 20th anniversary might be even more meaningful given that it would help us remember.

  4. If you saw that, then your headline is mis-leading. Tod’s Point is the location that works, since that is where most residents were used to seeing the Towers on the skyline.

    The distance between the Towers was 101 feet. From the picnic tables at the Point to the Towers was 158,567 ft at a true bearing of (in surveyor’s terms) South 48 degrees West, forming an angle of about one arc-seconds.

    For almost ten years I have walked that path around the point, and like many others the memorial to the victims is planted there forever.

  5. Cos Cobber

    I just visited the memorial on Great Captains Island this weekend. I think its a wonderful and perfect location. I confess however that I dont think we need a second memorial, but then again I wasnt directly affected, so who am I to say.

    I’m not sure we should have two memorials. If we are going to creat a new one, lets move the present one.

  6. Georgie in Greenwich

    I don’t agree with a second memorial…and as noted above by Earth Image, certainly not over a sewage plant.

    Further, after two wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) as a result of 9/11—I think its just to include all those young men and women who have died combatting terrorism.

  7. dogwalker

    It’s the upcoming 10th anniversary that is pushing this along.

    When I heard Grass Island, I couldn’t believe it; when I saw the rendition, I REALLY couldn’t believe it. So, EarthImage, they are talking about next to the flag pole? Seriously, who comes up with these ideas?

    I really have no strong feeling about another memorial. But can’t think of a location in town where the memorial they are proposing would not look quite out of place.

  8. Greenwich Gal

    I agree – enough with the Memorials already. The ultimate Memorial will be the locations themselves be it Manhattan, Washington DC or Pennsylvania.

  9. Sound Beacher

    Doesn’t anyone remember the week or two after 9/11 two tall bushes were planted on Greenwich Point facing the site of World Trade, as a memorial. They were taken out and no details as to where they’d come from or why they were removed.. They would have been a nice organic memorial if they’d been growing for past 10 years.

  10. HG

    I don’t want to be flip about this, but I would like to get UBL’s body back from the burial at sea and hang it from a gibbett in lower Manhattan as a warning to those tempted to follow in his footsteps and to represent the fulfillment of the nation’s promise to avenge those he murdered. I think we’ve got a lot of bad guys down in Gitmo who could join him, allowing the President to fulfill his campaign pledge to close the Gitmo prison. I am not talking about a trial either…if the aircraft used to transfer them here is easy to clean, the executions could just be done on the plane.

  11. Mr. Independent

    I am with you CF. The best memorial is keeping up our vigilance so that it never happens again.

  12. George Crossman

    Some where behind the proposal there is someone who stands to make some money. There certainly was the first time around. Where is the memorial for the Sugar Boat or for D-Day?