Circle of Heroes Monument in Battery Park City to honor essential workers – NBC New York
Days before the planned construction of a monument in Battery Park City to honor essential workers who served on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, protesters stood outside the site to demand a stop to the project.
Protesters gathered near the construction site on Saturday in hopes of saving the green space before it was replaced by the Circle of Heroes. The group says there has been no meeting or public hearing on plans for the monument, which will call for cutting down trees and replacing grass with concrete.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the monument will feature 19 red maple trees symbolizing the essential workers who transported New York City during the pandemic, including nurses, doctors, healthcare workers, transit workers, police officers , paramedics and paramedics, firefighters, correctional officers, store workers, National Guard, government workers, construction workers, utility and communications workers, delivery drivers, teachers, sanitation workers, construction and manufacturing workers, restaurant workers and hospitality workers
Protesters on Saturday say they want to honor essential workers in the pandemic without sacrificing park space.
“These trees, this green space, this is the biggest green space south of Central Park. Parks were essential for the city to go through COVID and we just want to make sure that we don’t end up doing something that we don’t. can’t resume, “said Tristan Snell of the Battery Park City Parents’ Association. “We want to measure twice and cut once.”
A spokesperson for the governor said the state was proud to plant 19 new trees in the park in a public space that all New Yorkers could enjoy.
“This location was chosen through an open process by 23 leaders representing hundreds of thousands of critical workers, and the design of the site allows people to continue to enjoy the space of the park. We look forward to working with all who use this public space and seeing generations of New Yorkers from across the state enjoy and celebrate this monument, ”said Jordan Bennett, spokesperson for Cuomo.
Construction of the Essential Workers Monument is due to be completed by Labor Day, September 6. The union leaders commission representing all essential workers chose the site of Battery Park City to install the monument. The location of the monument will be at the water’s edge, within sight of the Statue of Liberty.
“At the onset of the pandemic, when people were told to stay home, essential workers went to work day in and day out, making sure their fellow New Yorkers were safe, fed and cared for,” Cuomo said in a statement.. “While we may never fully reimburse our essential workers, we can honor and celebrate them with this monument that will forever be remembered as a tribute to all they did for New York in our greatest time of need and at- These heroes continue to inspire us every day and we are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice. “
The monument will also feature an Eternal Flame as a symbol of New York State’s undying gratitude for essential workers.
In April, Cuomo announced the formation of the Essential Workers Monument Advisory Committee. The committee, made up of essential workers, met to advise on the locations, design and installation of the essential workers monument.
Additionally, on Wednesday it was announced that New York State will provide $ 25 million in child care scholarships to all essential workers.