2006-02-03 / Editorial/Opinion

Time Is Running Out To Acquire Twisted 9/11 Metal

Time is running out for Rockaway’s Tribute Park to acquire from New York City a piece of twisted metal from the World Trade Center. We know that many people do not want to see the metal from the buildings that were destroyed on September 11, 2001 in Tribute Park. They want serenity. They want peace and solitude. Patrick Clark’s failure to complete his glass cupola for the official opening of the park, however, provides an opportunity to perhaps go in a different direction for that portion of the park. It is imperative that the park includes the names of all the Rockaway people who died during the terrorist attack. According to recent published articles, the city has only four or five pieces of the steel from the trade center left for memorials. The Rockaway Partnership (a consortium of the Chamber of Commerce and Community Board 14) should move immediately to reserve one of those few pieces. Then, the partnership should erect that piece of twisted metal in the center of a cluster of glass bricks, each with the name of one Rockaway person who lost his or her life that day. It is time to move on, to rethink the glass cupola or to complement it and to put into the park what should have been there in the first place.

—Howard Schwach

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