Whoopi Goldberg Joins Design Jury For AIDS Memorial Park In Greenwich Village

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg and fashion designer Kenneth Cole have joined the jury that will choose a design for an AIDS memorial park in New York City.

The memorial is planned for a triangle across the street from the former St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village. The property is now owned by Rudin Management.

The memorial park is intended to honor the more than 100,000 people who have died from AIDS in the city and to celebrate the efforts of AIDS caregivers and activists.

Entries for the design competition are due Jan. 21. To enter the competition click here.

The winner will receive $5,000 and a runner-up will get $2,000. Winners will be announced on Feb. 1, 2012.

The memorial organizers said Wednesday that actresses Susan Sarandon and Julianne Moore, who are Village residents, have joined as supporters of the effort. Sarandon says the park will be “an inspirational, educational and green public oasis.”

“It’s time for us to preserve this historically significant location with a living memorial that connects current and future generations,” Sarandon said.

Organizers hope to have the park completed by World Aids Day on Dec. 1, 2014.

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  • Barbara Ruether

    All ths self-congratulaory adulation and self-promotion about creativity applied to a plot of land while none is applied to the communiy’s fight for a hospital to continue the provision of care and protection of vulnerable human life can but leave one in complete wonderment. Very impressed,

  • Timothy

    To remember 100,000 New Yorkers who died of AIDS (including my partners) and not the 1.5 million west siders including the theater goers to Whoopie’s Broadway and the 1,000s who walk past Kenneth’s Bleecker Store who might have a medical emergency needing a Full Service Hospital shows the greed and gluttony of the Rudin’s and the selfish nature of the Bandwagon of individuals and AIDS organizations, including the Head of CB2, who are now pushing for the AIDS Garden. With an AIDS MEMORIAL on the HUDSON RIVER and my partner’s last submission, restoring Jackson Square before he died, it does seem that GREED will be the overriding message of the RUDIN AIDS GARDEN. 1.5 million won’t be remembered if they die without a hospital, but a 100,000 will have been remembered on a triangle that later the RUDINS will take over to build a tower. Nothing is permanent with this greed. Blood is on the hands of the organizers, the Rudin’s, and CB2 for abandoning the LIVING COMMUNITY.

    • Timothy

      And Whoopie and Kenneth who’s butt was you sitting on while the community asked for help getting the message out We Need a Full Service Hospital. Come on who is fooling who?

  • Carol F. Yost

    It’s shocking that those celebrities eagerly jumped on the wagon for this memorial park, and said NOTHING about the proposed replacement of the hospital across the street with luxury condos! A huge swath of Manhattan is now without a hospital, and they haven’t said a word. If they had put their heft behind the demand for a new hospital, the whole approvals process for the Rudins’ nefarious scheme might have gone differently.

    So many of us stayed up late night after night, sending emails, writing letters, going to hearings and rallies, speaking out, and these celebrities did nothing. Suddenly, with the plan for a memorial park, they’re out in force. Politicians have ignored us because they look to the Rudins for their political future. This is a very, very dangerous situation, and people are not paying attention.

    I’m all for a memorial to the AIDS victims, but if you care about healthcare you have to care about a hospital, for crying out loud!

    Also, part of the park has been reserved for the oxygen tanks the hospital needed. If you do away with those tanks, it will be harder to restore the hospital.

    Wake up, people!

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