World Trade Center Relief Efforts
On September 11th, 2001, our world and our lives were changed forever. The Gramercy Park Block Association was privileged to help in the days and months following September 11th. Our relief effort at the 13th Precinct command center included preparing and serving thousands of meals, providing shelter and distributing critical supplies to our police, fire and emergency units, and to hundreds of visiting police, fire and rescue units who poured into New York from around the country to assist and support workers at Ground Zero. The bonds we formed then became permanent, and our support for first reponders continues to this day.
Overview of the GPBA’s WTC Response
GPBA World Trade Center Initiatives
Outdoor Memorial Concerts
For years, GPBA has supported the Law Enforcement Explorers program, providing young men and women from diverse communities with an introduction to careers in law enforcement or the criminal justice system.
The Gramercy Park Block Association has sponsored numerous concernts and other events over the years in remembrance of lives lost at the World Trade Center on September 11.
The Gramercy Park Block Association plants and maintains a rememberance garden at the entrance to the 13th Precinct on east 21st Street.
Olive Leaf Program
The Gramercy Park Block Association sponsored a wellness program for World Trade Center responders at the Olive Leaf Wholeness Center at Kenmore Hall on 23rd Street. The program was the only one of its kind in the nation.
Calvary Church Vigil
The Gramercy Park Block Association held a concert vigil at Calvary Church for those whose lives were lost at the World Trade Center on September 11.
Serving Meals to WTC Responders
For many months after September 11, the Gramercy Park Block Association organized groups of neighbors and local restaurants to provide round-the-clock meals at the 13th Precinct and ESU Truck 1 for those taking part in recovery operations at the World Trade Center.
The Block Association developed a video series documenting NYPD Emergency Service Detectives’ memories of their 14 fellow officers who died on 9/11. These videos were created so that the children of the fallen officers could learn more about the lives lived and the dedication and bravery shown by their parent who lost their life on 9/11.
Tribute Videos Overview
Tribute to Sgt. John Coughlin
Tribute to P.O. Steve Driscoll
ESU Truck 4 Remembers 9/11
Tribute to Sgt. Rodney Gillis
Tribute to Sgt. Michael Curtin
Tribute to Det. Danny Richards
Bomb Squad Remembers 9/11
Tribute to Brian McDonnell
Tribute to P.O. Walter Weaver
Tribute to Vinnie Danz