The 9/11 commemorative tiles around the MTA lot at Greenwich Avenue and 7th Avenue South are one of our city’s most poignant and recognized memorials of the tragic World Trade Center terrorist attacks. However, in the seven years since they were created, many have fallen or broken off, been damaged or cracked, or yellowed from time and pollution. There seems to be little evidence of their being cared for by the MTA, on whose property they are located. If current conditions continue, we fear this memorial will simply be lost over time.
In the hopes of preventing this from happening, Village Preservation has written to the MTA, urging them to either take better care of the memorial tiles, or to help find a suitable permanent home for them where they can be preserved and honored.