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Across the street from Lenox Health, (formerly St. Vincent’s Hospital), in Greenwich Village sits a beautiful and touching memorial.

The New York City AIDS Memorial was built "to honor New York City's 100,000+ men, women and children who have died from AIDS, and to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of the caregivers and activists." The memorial was opened on World AIDS Day on December 1, 2016. The design features an 18-foot white triangular steel canopy, a black granite water fountain and benches. On the ground are passages from “Songs of Myself” by New York poet Walt Whitman. There are 8,992 words carved into the granite pavement.

This spot was selected as the site for the AIDS Memorial because of its location. The earliest documented AIDS cases in New York, first reported in 1981, were in the nearby West Village and Chelsea neighborhoods. Because so many patients were filling the hospital, in 1984 St. Vincent’s established the first AIDS ward in New York City and second one in the nation. St. Vincent’s Hospital closed in 2010, but has since reopened as a new emergency facility.

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