NYC AIDS Memorial Park Launches Design Competition

St. Vincent's. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

When St. Vincent's hospital closed last year, this magazine remembered the sad, central role it played in the global AIDS crisis, but noted, "There is no true standing memorial to HIV victims, even though there were more from New York by 1995 than U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War." A community park, memorial, and learning center is now planned to fill St. Vincent's Triangle park, across the street from the hospital, and a design contest is currently running through January 21, to be judged by a panel including 9/11 memorial designer Michael Arad and writer Kurt Andersen. The public park and "living memorial" aims to open by World AIDS Day on December 1, 2014.

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