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Tear Drop Memorial, Bayonne

Categories: Monuments, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
To the Struggle Against World Terrorism is a 10–story sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli that was given to the United States as an official gift of the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. It stands at the end of the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey, and was dedicated on September 11, 2006, in a ceremony attended by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.DesignThe sculpture is in the form of a 100ft tower made of steel and coated in bronze, split with a jagged opening through the middle. Inside the opening hangs a large stainless–steel teardrop, 40ft high, in memory of those whose lives were lost during terrorist attacks in the United States. The eleven sides of the monument's base bear granite name plates, on which are etched the names of those who died in the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.Tsereteli did not disclose the cost of the sculpture except to say that he paid for labor and materials. A lawyer for the sculptor released the cost at about $12 million. Tsereteli said metals for the sculpture were obtained "From a military factory that did airplanes. In Dzerzhinsk. A secret city."It was initially given to the local government of Jersey City, but was rejected. It was then relocated to its present placement in Bayonne. In August 2010 the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced it had plans to build a container facility on the location and the monument would most likely have to be moved. However these plans have not been confirmed by the Port Authority. Robert "Captain Bob" Terzi, a Bayonne taxi driver started an online petition to prevent the relocation.
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  • I was touched by this monument and what it represent. It's a hidden treasure in Bayonne. You can also see the beautiful skyline view of lower manhattan and Brooklyn from the monument 
  • At least one New Jersey town turned down this over-sized monument, and I certainly would have been part of the group opposing it. There are very moving monuments to fire fighters who died on 9/11 in N...  read more »
  • This is an awesome monument with an impressive story behind it. The monument was erected as gift front he Russian government and its leader Vladmir Putin. The monument was positioned opposite the site...  read more »
  • This is a hidden, almost secret, memorial to the victims of terrorism, given to the US by Russia. It's located at the end of an industrial harbor spit with a view of Red Hook across Upper Bay, South of Manhattan. The centerpiece is a 100' tower, split in the center around a gigantic nickel teardrop. The grounds are nicely landscaped with grass, pathways, and benches surrounding the tower. It deserves a more prominent and accessible location; it's as if they couldn't find a home for it so they put it in the first spot that became available.
  • I notice only one person left one star [probably by accident] Yes awesome place and well worth visiting. Also helps get rid of that gloom and doom West is spreading about Russia.
  • This is so beautiful. It's to bad it's kind of hidden. It was a gift from Russia. And so nice, just look at the pictures. It's worth the quick trip across the water if your down near the 9/11 site anyway...
  • Mainstream media doesnt report these things cause its run by the government and our government wants us to be blind and in the dark. Someone needs to put this out there so more people know about it.
  • Off the beaten path? Absolutely. This is a beautiful memorial, stunning. When you visit it, you can see why they chose the site. I walked around it several times in the rain. I took photos of the panels that have a personal meaning for me. I read the inscriptions on the paths. Deeply moving.
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