FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ'S)

 

 

 

How many victims of the 9/11/01 attacks on the World Trade Center were from Hoboken?
Where will the memorial be located?
What are the technical specifications of the site?
How will community input inform the memorial process?
How much will the memorial cost and who will pay for it?
What will happen to the memorial already built in Pier A Park?

 

 

 






Over fifty Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001, more than any other city in New Jersey. Tragically, all but three of these victims were under the age of forty. Hoboken’s emergency response teams played a vital role on that day, triaging more than 10,000 survivors at the Hoboken Path train station. As news of the magnitude of the event spread, 3,000 community members reported to St. Mary Hospital to volunteer in any way they could.

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Where will the memorial be located?
The memorial will be located in Pier A Park on the Hoboken waterfront. On September 11th thousands of people from Hoboken and the surrounding communities gathered at Pier A to witness the event unfold, and later on to remember and to morn. As the community began to recover from the shock of that day and to consider ways to commemorate lost loved ones and friends, Pier A emerged as the most fitting location for a memorial. The exact location of the memorial within the park is dependent on the nature of the winning memorial competition entry.

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What are the technical specifications of the site?
The largest and most actively used green space in Hoboken, Pier A Park is the winner of multiple design awards. It comprises seven acres, five of which are on a pier extending off the western bank of the Hudson River. London plane trees and a lawn have been planted in a manufactured soil on top of the restored pier, and a diagonal path runs from a fountain to a pavilion aligned to view the Empire State Building and the former World Trade Center towers on the opposite bank.
Thousands of commuters pass by Pier A each weekday as they travel to and from New York City by ferry, the Path train and New Jersey transit trains. The pier is also clearly visible from Manhattan’s downtown shores, and in turn, it commands a magnificent view of the New York skyline. Click here to view a site plan and photos.

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How will community input inform the memorial process?
Following September 11, 2001, a group of Hoboken residents formed the Hoboken September 11th Memorial Fund Committee to guide the creation of a permanent memorial. The Fund’s committee is made up of Hoboken families who lost loved ones in the tragedy as well as Hoboken officials and local residents who are active professionals in art and architecture, community development, public affairs and fundraising. Click here to view a full list of committee members.
Committed to understanding the needs and desires of all those affected by the events of September 11, 2001, the Committee reached out to a diverse cross-section of Hoboken residents to gather their feelings and memories of the event and to discover what their desires for a memorial. From February to April 2002, eight focus groups of 12 to 25 people each were held with family members, emergency and healthcare workers, students, and artists. The Memorial Fund Committee anticipates that the most compelling memorial proposals will be the ones that integrate the community’s feelings and ideas into the design in thoughtful and creative ways.
Interested community members are invited to read about the progress of the memorial process and to share thoughts and ideas with the Committee through this website. A Town Meeting was held on April 3, 2003 to present the competition guidelines and to gather community feedback.

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How much will the memorial cost and who will pay for it?
The Memorial Fund Committee is committed to the creation of a thoughtful and enduring memorial. To realize this goal, the Memorial Fund Committee is seeking to raise $500,000 to pay for the construction of a memorial that will last for generations to come. The final cost will depend on the success of current and future fundraising efforts and on the nature of the winning competition entry. As of April 2003, over 500 Hoboken residents have made donations to the Memorial Fund. Throughout 2003, the Memorial Fund Committee will be spearheading fundraising efforts that will include formal events, as well as efforts to involve local businesses, New Jersey’s governmental leaders, and the citizens of Hoboken in this important community project. Click here to find out how you can contribute to the memorial.

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What will happen to the memorial already built in Pier A Park?
On September 11, 2002—one year after the attacks—Hoboken residents gathered in Pier A Park to dedicate the temporary “tear drop” memorial currently on display in the park. This temporary plexiglass memorial was not, however, designed to stand the test of time or to survive inclement weather. The temporary memorial will be removed from the park after a winning competition entry is chosen, or if it ceases to be a proper memorial due to deterioration prior to that point.
A living memorial grove has also been designed for Pier A Park. The memorial grove will be comprised of thirty-six gingko trees, and the grove has been designed to complement the layout of the park’s existing trees. The memorial grove is scheduled to be planted during the summer of 2003.

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WHERE TO SEND CONTRIBUTIONS:
The Hoboken September 11th Memorial Fund
Hoboken City Hall
94 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Attention: Suzanne Hetman