During a day long return visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, we came across an oddly placed viewing stand erected on the side of a hill in the southwest corner of the property, which contains the boarded up old abandoned hospital buildings you can see driving by on the BQE. This viewing stand was completely out of place, thus it warranted a closer inspection.
As it turns out, this platform is a mock up of what the 9/11 Memorial at the former World Trade Center site will eventually resemble. The New Yorker has the only story on this mock up that we could find: “The mockup was constructed earlier this year by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, the foundation that is building the memorial. It’s supposed to give (Michael) Arad and Peter Walker, the landscape architect, a better sense of the design than they could get from computer renderings and toylike models “.
Near the viewing platform was a flag that listed names of actual 9/11 victims. I’m not sure if any of these flags will be used at the actual memorial site but it seemed like a fine addition.
The article is short but sweet, pointing out some of the peculiarities of this mock up. Most notable is that none of the names used in the mock up are of actual 9/11 victims. Even the flight number “715” is fictional.
Many New Yorkers have been frustrated by the slow place of building the completed memorial, which is scheduled to be in place by 9/11/2011 (or more like, 9/11/2012). All things considered that isn’t too bad. It did take nearly 20 years to get the USS Arizona Memorial in place.
(And speaking of 9/11 – here’s a look at the subway line that ran right under WTC, as well as the Cortlandt St. station which was basically destroyed that day. The tunnel is still in use every day, though the station has recently been completely wiped out and will be rebuilt.)