The new City funding will go towards needed repairs to the memorial, which was built in 2004. The City is providing $250,000 to upgrade the memorial’s electrical and lighting system. The funding will also go towards new marine-grade gel to protect and preserve the memorial from corrosion or other deterioration resulting from an outdoor climate.
In 2017, BP Oddo held a ceremony honoring 66 dedicated first responders who lost their lives due to illnesses related to the September 11th attack by adding their names to the First Responders Memorial, which is adjacent to the Postcards Memorial. This year, the City honored the sacrifice of seven additional Staten Islanders and added their names to the memorial.
"The vision of former Borough President Jim Molinaro for a 9/11 memorial, along with Masa Sono’s unique architectural design of Postcards, was truly inspired; it is indeed the most special of places,” said Borough President James Oddo. “Mayor de Blasio and I recognize that we are the temporary stewards of this monument honoring the memory of those lost, and of the ongoing pledge to offer emotional support to their families. However, Postcards is in dire need of some TLC if it is to remain a pristine source of comfort, so I went to the Mayor and sought his financial help. His positive response was instantaneous and unwavering, and for that I am truly grateful."
“The Postcards Memorial is a sacred place. It gives comfort to survivors, victims’ families and visitors alike,” said Mayor de Blasio. “I heard the Borough President’s call to invest in the memorial’s upkeep so it can provide solace to our city for generations to come. We will always remember the sacrifices made on 9/11, and will work every day to live up to the memory of those we lost.”
“The Postcard Memorial is a tribute to the individuals whose lives were lost in tragedy, offering small solace to families forever impacted on that day,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “This Administration is proud to have worked with Borough President Oddo to secure the funding that this memorial deserves, and to honor the lives of New Yorkers who were taken too soon.”
The Postcards Memorial was built and is maintained by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.