Nosy Neighbor: What is happening at the NYC Police Memorial?

A. wrote to ask: “Do you know what is going on with the Police Memorial at Battery Park City? It looks like they are removing it.”

Well, I knew they were not removing it, but I did need to get the full story from Nick Sbordone at the Battery Park City Authority. In consultation with the NYPD, the authority is expanding the NYC Police Memorial in order to fit more names of officers who were killed in the line of duty. It should be finished this fall, he said.

The memorial was dedicated in 1997 and designed by architect Stuart Crawford, who won a juried competition by using water as the primary integrating element. The wall is inscribed with the names of the officers and dates on which they were killed. Water flows down the flume past the granite wall, representing death, and then falls into the open pool. The remaining area around the pool is referred to as the “Sacred Precinct.”

For most years after it was opened, a handful of officers were added each year. But more recently as many as 30 names have been added due to 9/11-releated illnesses, which is what required the expansion.


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  1. Thank you…my sister is on the Wall and I was unaware of the work being done when I went to visit a few months ago..