New York City Dedicates AIDS Memorial

After 14 years of effort, the New York City AIDS Monument was dedicated yesterday in Hudson River Park. From 1985 to 2002, over 81,000 AIDS deaths were reported in New York City and the monument, a 42-foot long, 2-foot tall, 12-inch deep curved granite bench, is meant to be a place to quietly reflect the lives lost . An inscription on the side facing the river says, “I can sail without wind, I can row without oars, but I cannot part from my friend without tears.”

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  • Darth Paul

    Nice, but I find printed words in art (or jewelry) to be LAME. Also, I hate the font.

  • adzomelk

    frankly im surprised the momument isnt larger still i guess size isnt everything eh & for what its worth i like the font i rather think its the thing i like most about the piece

  • Gregoire

    It’s a very passive monument plopped down sort of in the middle of nowhere.

  • adzomelk

    im pretty sure it was set in view of where the piers used to be which seems rather touching & fitting a place

  • Hunky Trog

    A New York Blade story ( on the memorial includes the reasoning behind the location:

    In fact, the AMP chose the site, nestled within a grassy knoll of pine trees, because it allows for reflection and contemplation. It also overlooks the piling remnants of Pier 49. “As the tides change, water covers 90 percent of the pier at certain times of day,” Sypulski explained. “It reminds you of the passing of time: The day passes, the day dies, the day is born again.”

    That the piers were a fabled meeting place for gay men—particularly during the decades before AIDS hit in the 1980s—and that today the city’s LGBT youth congregate along the newly developed piers only add resonance to the monument’s site.

  • Hmmm Interesting

    But I thought homos got their undies in a bunch if you suggested in the least bit that AIDS is a disease for homos. Interesting. . .

  • Gina

    @ No. 7 – It was ‘tested’ first on gay people but was meant for Africans. H5N1 is made in US labs and is meant for Asians.

    Their are a lot of evil creatures on this planet, but also some very kind ones!

  • David Ezell

    @Hmmm Interesting: Not sure what you mean by this. Do you think AIDS is just a “homo” disease? Do drives to stop breast cancer imply only women can get cancer?

    This bench is a tribute to the gay and bisexual men who lost their lives. Acknowledgement of that does not mean they are the only ones who died. Why not pick on live people, not the ones who have passed and can’t defend themselves?

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