New Location For Tiles Of America 911 Memorial Unveiled
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Part of the memorial that once served to honor those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks now has a new home because the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had a contract to build a ventilation station at the site.
The Tiles for America memorial was unveiled Tuesday at the Jefferson Market Library.
The tiles originally hung from a fence at the corner of Greenwich and Seventh Avenues following the attacks up until last fall.
Many of them now hang in the library, which is just a few blocks away.
Officials involved in finding the tiles a new home say it's not just about remembering the sorrow of the attacks.
"We also remember all the people who came together," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. "People who stood up for each other with messages of love and support for people they didn't know and would never meet."
"Of course it's going to bring back memories of September 11th but it's also going to bring back the many good things that happened after September 11th," Lee Ielpi of the September 11th Families' Association said. "We have to focus on the good."
"I think we're keeping the memory of those of our loved ones who were lost on that day alive," Manhattan Sen. Brad Hoylman said.