Gramercy Park Remembers:  

GPBA's response to the 
9/11 World Trade Center disaster 

WTC Relief Effort Organized by GPBA
Recorded oral history given by Arlene Harrison and documented history of GPBA's relief efforts are permanently installed at 
the National September 11 Memorial Museum

Phase 1: GPBA worked with neighbor restaurateur Danny Meyer
Week of September 11, 2001 
Working with neighbor restaurateur Danny Meyer, we organized community volunteers to deliver meals cooked by Meyer's staff to Chelsea Piers Triage Center, Washington Irving Relief Center, Lexington Avenue Armory site for families, St. Vincent's Hospital, Police Academy cadets and instructors and the 13th and 10th Precincts. 


Phase 2: GPBA organized round-the-clock relief effort at 13th Pct 
September 12 to mid-December 2001 
Organized round-the-clock community relief effort at 13th Precinct Command Center by residents, area merchants, restaurants and hotels to prepare and serve meals, provide shelter and distribute critical supplies to police, fire, emergency and other support units.  This also included the Medical Examiner's Office, Coroner's Office, Pier 94 families and Cabrini Hospital Center medical technicians, as well as visiting National Guard members, and volunteers from around the country who came to assist the workers at Ground Zero

Phase 3: GPBA organized community WTC programs
November 2001 to September 2002  
  • Community partnership with the Olive Leaf Wholeness Center to cook meals and for relief workers to shower, sleep, receive health services, receive counseling, obtain essential supplies.
  • Visiting program to Command Center by neighborhood children who baked cookies for officers, and helped decorate precinct walls with letters, cards, pictures and support banners.
  • "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" benefit to support families of local NYPD officers who lost their lives at WTC.
  • "Kids Helping Kids" project - nationwide effort for children across the country to reach out to children of officers lost on 9/11.
  • Presentation of photographs to the 13th Precinct "NYPD - You Make Us Proud", permanent 4ft x 8ft installation showing our community's love and support
  • Thanksgiving dinner for officers of Emergency Service Squad No. 1.
  • Prayer vigil and candlelight procession from Calvary Church to Brotherhood Synagogue.
  • Holiday Toy Drive for children of local officers lost at the World Trade Center.
  • Christmas caroling, tree trimming visit by neighborhood children 13th Precinct, ESU
  • "Thank You" event to pay tribute to officers of 13th Precinct and ESU.
  • Video project for kids of 14 ESU officers lost at WTC - memories from fellow squad members
  • WTC outdoor concert to honor those lost on 9/11 and pay tribute to Police, ESU officers, Emergency Medical Technicians, Firefighters and other rescue workers.
  • WTC Remembrance Ceremony and breakfast with officers of 13th Precinct and ESU, and the community, at the Precinct on the anniversary of the WTC attack.
Phase 4: GPBA's Ongoing Support for Local First Responders
Mid-December 2002 to present
We continue to support the ESU, 13th Precinct, and other local first responders, who worked grueling shifts during the 8 1/2 month recovery effort in addition to regular duties.  We organize annual events, holiday parties, and other programs to honor them for their service.
Click on images below to read a 4
-part booklet of articles/photos 
detailing GPBA's response to 9/11

Speech given by Arlene Harrison

ESU "Truck One Mom"

Neighbors pull together - T&V  9/20/01

Prayer Vigil and Candlelight Ceremony  9/20/01

They cannot dim our light - T&V 9/27/01

Volunteer effort causes gridlock - T&V 9/27/01

Gramercy group help out relief - The Villager  

GPBA 13th Precinct relief effort  - T&V 10/4/01

Gramercy residents honor heroes - T&V 10/13/01

NHN Fundraiser  11/18/01

Farewell to our local heroes  T&V 11/15/01

Neighbors help neighbors - T&V 11/22/01

Kids helping kids T&V 12/6/01

Acts of Remembrance- NY Resident 12/17/01

GPBA serves Thanksgiving dinner to ESU - T&V 12/13/01

Kids Helping Kids - T&V 12/6/01

Remembering the heroes - T&V 12/27/01

New Year salute to friends, neighbors and good strangers - T&V 1/10/02

It seems to me ... The army of volunteers - T&V 2/21/02

Remembering city's darkest days - T&V 3/14/02

Goodbye, Mom: Final farewell to hero cop - T&V 3/28/02

Her NYPD Angel: Girl knows hero dad is in heaven -  NY Post  10/11/01

Farewell to a Cop with a Heart - Irish America Apr/May 2002

Students plant memorial garden - T&V 5/9/02

Concert will remember heroes - T&V 5/23/02

Gramercy Pk to host 9/11 memorial T&V 9/5/02

One Year Later...   T&V 9/12/02

Gramercy leader remembers  T&V 9/12/02

Dust and sorrow at Ground Zero - T&V 9/12/02

ESU Squad No. 1 Memorial Plaque Dedication

GPBA concert tonight dedicated to 13th Precinct - T&V 6/2/05

Police pay tribute to Gramercy Park's Good Samaritans - T&V 1/2/02
To learn more about our WTC Projects,  visit our website.

Following 9/11 GPBA hung "They Cannot Dim the Light" banner over the entrance to the 13th Precinct 

GPBA's "You Make Us Proud" permanent WTC photographic installation at 13th Precinct

GPBA recorded memories of their fellow officers who died at WTC to be given to their families.

Officers salute as the remains of P.O. Moira Smith are brought from Ground Zero

GPBA's WTC Prayer Vigil at Calvary Church with a candlelight procession to Brotherhood Synagogue.

GPBA and Olive Leaf Wholeness Center facilitated health services for WTC uniformed personnel.

In the months following 9/11, GPBA volunteers served meals at the 13th Precinct

NYPD Emerald Society's Pipes and Drums played GPBA's WTC Benefit at the home of Dr. Henry Jarecki.

Officers of the 13th Precinct thanked GPBA's World Trade Center Relief Effort volunteers.

Families of deceased Officers Moira Smith and Brian McDonnell attended GPBA's Benefit.
Rabbi Daniel Alder, Rev. Tom Pike and Msgr. Harry Byrne at GPBA's WTC Memorial Concert.

The Gramercy Brass Orchestra performed at the GPBA's WTC Memorial concert on Gramercy Park East
Harrison with GPBA Treasurer Norman Kurlan at GPBA's WTC Memorial concert.

13th Precinct Explorer Post 1313 set up annual Outdoor WTC Memorial Concert on Gramercy Park East

Neighbors attend GPBA's annual Remembrance Concert at Calvary Church on the anniversary of 9/11.

GPBA maintains 13th Precinct Memorial Garden planted by Epiphany School children.
GPBA led nationwide "Kids Helping Kids" effort for children to reach out to children of officers lost on 9/11

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