2006-09-01 / Community

AA 587 Memorial Racing Towards A November 12 Deadline

With about nine weeks to go, construction crews worked feverishly to meet a November 12 deadline for the new American Airlines Flight 587 Memorial Park being constructed at the southern end of Beach 116 Street. On that date, of course, the Mayor expects to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the crash of AA 587 into Belle Harbor, only fifteen blocks away. Pictured, an artist's rendering of the completed memorial.

The site as it looks today. Notice the new Ocean Grande building tucked up next to the memorial on Beach 116 Street and the boardwalk. The site as it looks today. Notice the new Ocean Grande building tucked up next to the memorial on Beach 116 Street and the boardwalk. The forms that will soon hold the concrete walls that make up the memorial and that will hold the names of all those who died in the crash, appeared to be almost ready for pouring late this week. The forms that will soon hold the concrete walls that make up the memorial and that will hold the names of all those who died in the crash, appeared to be almost ready for pouring late this week. The fence at the southern end of the site abuts the boardwalk. It is not clear from the artists rendering just what portion of the memorial is formed by the concrete object shown in this photograph taken on Thursday. The fence at the southern end of the site abuts the boardwalk. It is not clear from the artists rendering just what portion of the memorial is formed by the concrete object shown in this photograph taken on Thursday.

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It is my opinion that a "Quiet Zone" sign should be posted for the Flight #587 memorial. During the summer months 116th street is the hub for most beachgoers, with loud music playing, and throngs of people coming and going.
We should, out of respect for those who lost their lives, be very sensitive to this beautiful memorial,remember why it was built, and what it represents for families and friends who have lost their loved ones.


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