Proposals for Bay Ridge 9-11 memorial to be displayed

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Five prominent artists selected to submit plans for a Bay Ridge monument that will serve as a memorial to Brooklynites killed on Sept. 11, 2001, will have their proposals on display starting this week.

The five finalists - Alice Aycock, Robert Hickman, Deborah Masters, Helen Evans Ramsaran and Robert Ressler - were chosen from among 30 individuals and artist groups nationwide that submitted applications.

The memorial monument, which is to be erected at the 69th Street Pier, from where many residents watched in horror as the towers crumbled, will be constructed in honor of the more than 100 residents of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst who were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

"Even though it’s called ’Brooklyn Remembers’ we’re pretty much going to make this a monument to those who died from community boards 10 and 11," explained Howard Feuer, chairman of the selection sub-committee and district manager of CB11.

The models arrived last month and are now being stored, still unwrapped, at the Brooklyn Arts Council in Downtown Brooklyn until they go on display.

Brooklyn Remembers Inc., the group of civic leaders charged with choosing that monument, will make the final decision following the public review session.

The committee still has some decisions to make, including whether or not to include victims’ names on the monument.

The public is encouraged to review the plans and submit comments.

The exhibit will be at the Long Island Commercial Bank, 375 86th St., from Sept. 8 until Sept. 22. And the exhibit will be displayed at Commerce Bank, 1630 Shore Parkway, from Sept. 24 through Oct. 8.

For more information about the exhibit or to learn more about Brooklyn Remembers Inc., call (718) 921-4526.


9-11 Events

Here are some of the commemorative Brooklyn events scheduled for next Thursday, Sept. 11.

Promenade prayer service
8:46 am and 9:03 am, Brooklyn Heights promenade at Pierrepont Street, (718) 596-4840 ext. 11.
At this spot on the promenade, which overlooks the World Trade Center site, Congregation B’nai Avraham of Brooklyn Heights will conduct its regular morning prayer service (7:45-8:30 am), followed by the blowing of a shofar (ram’s horn) at the exact times the hijacked planes hit. The shofar blowings will be followed by a recitation of psalms.

Aquarium blood drive
10 am-4 pm, Education Hall at the New York Aquarium, West Eighth Street at Surf Avenue, (718) 265-FISH
The New York Aquarium joins Maimonides Medical Center to conduct a blood drive on the Aquarium’s grounds. Blood donors will get a free admission pass to the New York Aquarium.

AMICO Senior Center
11 am-noon, 5901 13th Ave., (718) 748-5200
Councilman Vincent Gentile hosts a ceremony in the 9-11 Memorial Reading Room of the AMICO Senior Center. A portrait of the World Trade Center by a Bay Ridge artist will be dedicated and there will be a short musical selection and guest speakers.

Asser Levy Park
6:30-8:30 pm, Ocean Parkway at Sea Breeze Avenue, (718) 373-0195.
Local elected officials will join members of the uniformed services in a memorial service featuring a color guard and performances of patriotic songs.

Veterans Memorial Pier
7:30 pm, 69th Street Pier at Bay Ridge Avenue and Shore Road, (718) 238-6044.
State Sen. Marty Golden hosts a memorial service that will honor World Trade Center victims through prayer, song and a candle-lighting ceremony.

Carroll Gardens vigil
7:30 pm, Corner Summit and Hicks streets, (718) 596-7750.
The Roman Catholic parish family of Sacred Hearts and St. Stephen hosts a prayer service on the front steps of the church, with the St. Stephen tower standing as symbol of hope against the scarred city skyline - which stands behind it. (On Wednesday, Sept. 10, a Memorial Vigil Mass will be celebrated inside the church at 7:30 pm.)

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