Community Board Approves Latest Design For NYC AIDS Memorial

Thursday night, Manhattan Community Board 2 voted to support the design for the future NYC AIDS Memorial, crafted by Brooklyn architectural firm studio a+i.

It’s an updated and refined version of the company’s initial “Infinite Forest” design, which originally called for a fenced-in grove with mirrors (see below). Now the memorial is a more modest 1,600-square-foot arrowhead shape to be situated, appropriately, across from St. Vincent’s Hospital in the West Village, where many of the first AIDS cases were reported.

The next step is for the memorial must be approved by the Department of City Planning and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

What do you think? Is the new design an improvement on the original plan? Would you come up with something completely different? Break ground in the comments section.


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  • Brandon

    Great. It looks like the Jolly Green Giant’s toilet.

  • pierre

    At first glance I thought it looked like a giant stiletto.

  • TonyC

    This is my neighborhood and this one step towards placating many residents who have lost St Vincent’s Hospital,which was across the street.We have no major ER now and has been like this for years

  • Idi Amin Dada

    @pierre: Same here.

  • scribe37

    @pierre: yeah that is what I thought from the first picture

  • AS

    Looks like a Giant stiletto to me as well.

  • Tim

    The first design was way cooler and unique. I saw stiletto, too.

  • Brickman

    More symbolism…..Building an Aids Hopsice would show more concern…

  • Dave

    the first one was really attractive and reflective, this second one is ugly vines on a rack, Really! with all the artists in NYC this is the best idea we can come up with.

  • Hyhybt

    @Dave: No, it’s the *cheapest* they can come up with. Or, at least, it’s cheaper than the other, much more attractive and interesting design.

  • Hyhybt

    To be fair, though, the mirrors could be a maintenance problem.

  • Alex

    Truly hideous. The ‘infinite forest’ concept seemed at least dignified and meditative. This looks like an ugly gazebo on the rooftop of Soho House.

  • MikeE

    When I first saw the Infinite Forest design, my first reaction was “finally, someone who actually has a heart designing an AIDS memorial.

    The Montreal AIDS memorial is a bunch of rusty columns. Yes, it truly demonstrates compassion and remembrance. NOT!

    now, like so many others here, my first reaction was “why a giant stiletto shoe?”

  • JB

    This redesign is terrible. It resembles a bus-stop and in no way commemorates or dignifies the struggle against HIV / AIDS. So uninspired.

    I contacted the Memorial committee and urged them to reconsider the redesign. Anyone else who cares to can do so at

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