The ‘Tiles for America’ project has been removed from Mulry Square, as the MTA wants to build a ventilation project on the site. It’s unknown at present what will happen to the tiles, which are in storage as of September 2012, though plans call for them to be restored nearby.
Mulry Square, at 7th and Greenwich Avenues in the Village, is named for Emigrant Savings Bank President Thomas Mulry (d. 1916), a tireless contributor to Catholic charitable causes, notably the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. The square is across the street from the former St. Vincent’s Hospital (who hasn’t wound up there late at night at one time…?)
St. Vincent’s Hospital retained a ‘wall of hope and remembrance’ with the fliers of people missing after the towers were destroyed. The hospital closed in the spring of 2010 and has been demolished.
Seemingly spontaneously after 9/11/01 the chain link fence surrounding a parking lot on Mulry Square sprouted ceramic tiles (like the ones in your bathroom) with messages of hope and positivity for NYC’s future. Hardly maudlin but heartfelt, the tiles are devoid of calls for revenge but ask for renewal and rebuilding. I thought Forgotten NY should show a few of them on the anniversary of the awful day. In reality, the tiles are sponsored by the Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association, and if you would like to contribute a tile, you’re advised to contact them.
A building project has now done away with the tile remembrance site. If you know where the tiles are now, indicate in Comments.
9/10/03; updated 9/10/13 and 9/11/15