Wednesday, June 24, 2015
#441 Pedestrian Balcony at Pier 49, Hudson River Park AIDS Memorial
Pedestrian Balcony at Pier 49, Hudson River Park AIDS Memorial
June 24, 2015, Rob Hickman, Keith Nelson
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The quote engraved into the black granite bench reads: “I can sail without wind, I can row without oars, but I cannot part from my friend without tears.”
This memorial — a 42-foot-long curved stone bench situated on a granite path cut into the lawn situated in a beautifully landscaped knoll near Bank Street. The path is complemented by a balcony that juts out over the river where Pier 49 once stood.
The old pilings, still visible above the water, are a poignant metaphor for the lives lost to AIDS. The memorial is intended to be used as a place for people to sit and contemplate those who have been lost.
Dedicated on the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day, November 30th, 2008, this permanant monument was built by the AIDS Monument Committee (AMC) to commemorate those who have died from the disease, those who live with HIV, those who have cared for people with HIV/AIDS, and the educators and researchers who will one day eradicate it.