The 9/11 Tiles for America finally has a home. Now we need your help to secure a permanent parking permit so we can make it official.
On 9/10/2018, a white Bluebird Library bus pulled into a legal metered space on 7th Ave and Greenwich to greet the Father Mykal Judge walk and celebrate the return of the 911 Tiles for America to the “Heart of the Village” where they belong.
“Village Angels” transformed the former library into a mobile gallery so the fragile tiles could safely return and remain on display. The bus was designed for public use and is fully handicapped and wheelchair accessible.
9/11 Tiles for America captures a moment in time when people from all over the world came together to love and comfort each other despite the fear and uncertainty that abounded and is an important part of the healing process, and the fabric of our community.
Everyone who has been on board has been moved by the messages of love, peace, hope, patriotism, and sadness and they have been very supportive of keeping the charming bus full of tiles here on the corner.
The bus may move from time to time if it has an invitation to travel, but it is our goal to staff the bus with local residents and volunteers to welcome visitors, and anyone who takes comfort in the tiles and their messages, to experience them.
We are calling on you, our elected officials and community leaders to help us obtain any special permits we may need so the bus can remain at the original site.
The 9/11 Tiles are currently a special project under the 501C3 of the Temple of Understanding, and they are listed on the National Historic Registry and in hundreds if not thousands of tour books and websites from around the world. There are also collections of the original tiles at the 9/11 Memorial, the Constitution Center, and the Smithsonian that share the history of the tiles and reference the site.
George Capsis, publisher of WestView News along with The West Village Fund is working closely with the Temple of Understanding, and the community, to insure that the tiles remain in the Village where they belong.
We look forward to adding your names to the esteemed list of “Village Angels” who helped our community preserve the 911 Tiles for America.
Dusty Berke, Guardian/Curator,