Sunset Park

September 11, 2001 Living Memorial Grove

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This grove of flowering trees is a living memorial dedicated to the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. It is a passive space for quiet contemplation. This is one of five Living Memorial Groves, one in each borough, with clear views of downtown Manhattan where the twin towers once stood. 

The viewshed parks were important community gathering places on Sept. 11. All of the groves have trees that flower with white blossoms in early spring. The Manhattan grove is composed of trees transplanted from the plaza areas around the World Trade Center that were badly damaged but survived. The trees planted in these groves will provide a lasting reminder of a terrible event, while also creating a gathering space for remembrance and healing. 

September 11, 2001 Living Memorial Groves

  • Ferry Point Park, Bronx
  • Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • City Hall Park, Manhattan
  • MacNeil Park, Queens
  • Von Briesen Park, Staten Island

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Recreation CentersSunset Park Recreation Center

New York City’s recreation centers and indoor pools remain closed to the general public until further notice to provide COVID-19 related services as well as free childcare options for children who are scheduled for blended learning. To learn more or to apply for the childcare program, please visit the New York City Department of Education’s Learning Bridges program page.

Once we reopen, NYC Parks will extend all existing recreation center memberships to cover the length of time we are closed to the general public.

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