Office of Borough President James P. Molinaro
Staten Island, New York
Staten Island September 11 Memorial
Staten Island was one of the hardest hit communities on 9/11, losing more than 270 loved
ones in the terrorist attacks on New York City that day. As a result, Staten Island needed
its own memorial, a place for the loved ones of the victims to mourn and reflect, and a
place for all visitors to remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day.
Borough President Molinaro made the creation of a Staten Island 9/11 Memorial one of
his top priorities, and allocated over $2 million in capital funding for its establishment.
Mayor Bloomberg also allocated $300,000 in capital funds for the Memorial.
A Memorial Advisory Committee was formed, which included members of victims’
families and community representatives. The committee selected Masayuki Sono’s
Postcards from nearly 200 submissions. The solemn, yet uplifting design will feature
two thin structures resembling postcards, perhaps sent to lost loved ones. From afar, they
appear to be outstretched wings or a flower about to blossom.
In order to honor the individual lives lost, part of Mr. Sono’s design provides that each
Staten Island victim be honored with a 9”x11” granite plaque that will bear their name,
birth date and place of work on September 11, 2001 as well as their profile in silhouette.
Construction of Staten Island’s 9/11 Memorial began on September 11th, 2003. Borough
President Molinaro asked the New York City Economic Development Corporation to
schedule the opening and dedication of the Memorial for September 11, 2004, the third
anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
In a ceremony that was attended by 3000 people, Borough President Molinaro and Mayor
Bloomberg dedicated the Staten Island Memorial to victims of terrorist attacks on the
third anniversary of 9/11. They were joined by architect Masayuki Sono and former
Mayor Rudy Giuliani in paying tribute to the Staten Island victims of the 9/11 terrorist
The Staten Island 9/11 Memorial is located along the North Shore Waterfront Esplanade
adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the Richmond County Ballpark at St.
George. The site provides panoramic views of New York Harbor, Lower Manhattan and
the Statue of Liberty.
February 2003 - photo by Michael Falco