GREENWICH VILLAGE, NY (PIX11)—There’s a specific painful memory we in the news business have from 11 years ago. An occurrence after the towers came down that we have not seen before – at that scale.
As if given the idea at the identical moment, those looking for loved ones printed missing person posters which began to emerge all over the city. People searching even asked to plaster our livetrucks with the papers, which within hours would be completely covered.
The triangular property in the southeast corner slowing transformed into a collection of tiles named, Tiles for America. In a neighborhood that prefers privacy over tourism, it is an exception. People from around the country and the world can be seen visiting and photographing the memorial any day of the week.
The tiles, however poignant, are an endangered species. The MTA plans on building a ventilation facility on the property, and considering they own it – no one can tell the state agency otherwise. The project may take 3-5 years and when finished, the MTA said it would take a small collection of the tiles to decorate the lower area of the facility.
That proposal did not satisfy a group of dedicated residents who have come to see the memorial as a treasure to be protected. A group has sprouted led in large part by Dusty Berke and Andretti Mullens who live nearby. Creating Tiles for America Preservation Society they have taken on the responsibility of cataloguing, restoring, and preserving the collection with the goal of finding it a space near its original home.
Here’s how you can help:
To donate - www.indiegogo.com/tilesforamerica
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