The Appeals Court ruled against our cause of saving the priceless views toward Ground Zero, Lower Manhattan and the entire NYC skyline and of saving the Public Plaza from the existing hill and planned huge walls 9/ll memorial.  Not valuing the views or public input, they ruled on a technicality instead of the case's substance, that the DEP got the wrong permit and one that excluded public hearings.  Our dedicated attorney Cynthia Hadjiyannis did an excellent job.  We hope Gov. Christie (NJ has provided $ 6 million) or the Port Authority (has provided $7 million) won't provide anymore public funds so the Memorial Foundation must raise the remaining $10 plus million for the memorial, on which $4 million has already been spent.  Thank you for your steadfast support during this necessary battle on behalf of present and future park users!

existing memorial hill photo by Ricardo Kaulessar
courtesy of The Jersey City Reporter
rendering  of 30 ft high by 200 ft wall (one of two walls)
view from CRRNJ Terminal Concourse on southern side 
of Empty Sky's walls and hills
rendering done by Barteluce Architects and Associates

The Friends of Liberty State Park's cause is to save the NYC skyline views and the Public Plaza. The  "Empty Sky" 9/11 memorial was selected with no NJDEP public hearings.  NY and PA had public hearings for its memorials. The already existing 10 ft high by 200 ft long hill standing in the place of the now demolished popular riverside CRRNJ Terminal Public Plaza already blocks  the NYC skyline views, and the planned two 30 ft high by 200 ft long steel Walls would cause a worse obstruction of the panoramic and inspiring NYC views from the busiest and closest place in LSP looking toward lower Manhattan and the entire skyline from the Battery to the GW Bridge. The memorial hill blocks Ground Zero views.
The memorial either should be moved to another location in the park away from the Hudson River's edge, for instance to the lawn adjacent to the existing 9/11 memorial, the beautiful and peaceful 750 tree Grove of Remembrance or the inspiring Grove should be the  only LSP 9/11 memorial.  The lawn would still line up with where the Twin Towers stood and the lawn is one tenth of a mile to the west of the current site.  The Friends' goal is for LSP's only Public Plaza,  adjacent to the 1889  restored landmark CRRNJ Terminal,  to be rebuilt for the public's passive recreation uses such as NYC and river vista-watching, free summer concerts, festivals, weddings, photos, etc.
We have always expressed compassion for the victims' families.  If there had been public hearings, this treasured skyline vista wouldhave been protected for future generations and there wouldn't have been a need for our lawsuit seeking to invalidate the NJDEP's wrong permit which excluded public hearings.

The People have a right to public hearings on this memorial in this public park behind Lady Liberty, We urge you to read the links below, including the Daily News and the New York Times stories, the Bergen Record column by James Ahearn, and our lawsuit Briefs.

Your voice is important in supporting this important cause of urging the Governor to protect sacred dramatic "national shrine" views. Please voice your opposition to Governor Corzine to the 9/11 Memorial Design for LSP's Terminal Public Plaza area. The design includes the 10 foot high by 200 foot long north to south Hill blocking views across the river to Ground Zero, lower Manhattan, and the river on which people were evacuated on 9/11. Also in the design are two mostly east to west stainless steel Walls, that are 30 feet high and 200 feet long and block views up and down the river, and also to and from the historic landmark Terminal. The design also eliminates the former Pubic Plaza gathering space on which there were twice a week free concerts each summer, festivals, and on which people would walk or sit and take in the powerful, open panoramic vistas of the river and NYC skyline. This chosen with no public meetings and the state has refused to have a public meeting and has falsely said that there were public meetings. The August news story links at top of page go to the press accounts of the Friends own public meeting by the Hill on August 16 at which people spoke passionately about the Governor relocating or radically revising this 9/11 Memorial design.

- Jersey City Reporter "news Brief" on April 2011- Memorial Update and FOLSP Denunciation

- The Record newspaper column 9/15/10 An over-the-top-Sept. 11 memorial

- The Star Ledger 9/10/11 negative review of Empty Sky design 

- Story on the battle to save NYC skyline views and Public Plaza Daily News 5/10/10

- In Tribute

- Grove of Remembrance Dedication Speech

- "Empty Sky" Memorial Lawsuit Brief 7/09/08

- "Empty Sky" Memorial Reply Brief 1/07/09

- NY Times article on "Empty Sky" 9/11 memorial and memorial foundation 4/19/09

- NY Times Article on Friends "Empty Sky" Lawsuit 3/25/07

- The Daily News story "Critics call for a halt to project blocking Liberty Park cityscape" 6/16/09

- The Jersey City Reporter Story "Empty Sky" still full of controversy" 9/13/09

- Jersey Journal story on Friends protest against new spending on view-blocking hill 5/28/09

- Please support legal fund to preserve Liberty State Park Sacred Views and Public Plaza

- The (Bergen) Record: 11/4/07 Column by James Ahearn "A living memorial is best" opposing "Empty Sky" memorial

- Hudson County Legislators Sign on to Assemblywoman Joan Quigley's letter to Governor opposing "Empty Sky" memorial

- JJ - Corzine calls state memorial  "absolutely essential" 9/12/08

- JC Reporter - Just a mound of dirt in the park 9/14/08

-  JC Reporter "Empty Sky" Memorial Foundation Opposition Letter to Editor 11/08/08

- Letter to the Editor: Grove should be only LSP 9/11 Memorial by Short Hills resident 8/08/09

- Letter to the Editor by Nutley resident: Illogical and Irrational to obstruct our view 8/02/09

- "Empty Sky" 9/11 Memorial Letter from Sam Pesin to victims' family members

- Friends' "Empty Sky" memorial protest signs outside Terminal for Governor's 9/11/08 press conference

- JJ Over Budget Memorial 10/8/07

- JJ Editorial "Big Pile of Dirt..." 10/9/07

- SL High Bids Halt LSP Memorial 10/11/07

- JJ Empty Sky or Empty View 7/31/06

- JC Reporter No "Friend" of State 7/28/06

- SL An Unshared View 7/28/06

- JJ Editorial "Rethink Memorial" 8/1/06

- JC Reporter Unhappy with State 8/20/06

- JJ State Moves Ahead 8/18/06

- SL Walls will Ruin City View 8/17/06

- JJ letter to the editor "Don't Destroy City Views" 8/26/06

- JJ News Story on Governor giving the go ahead for "Empty Sky" memorial and ignoring park's users opposition 10/07/06

- Law Case Justification and Press Conference Statement on "Empty Sky" Memorial Lawsuit

- Transcript of Friends Public Meeting on "Empty Sky" Memorial 8/16/06

- Assemblyman Lou Manzo's letter to Governor on "Empty Sky" Memorial

- Max & Ruth Elsasser's Letter

- Friends Message on Governor's decision against Memorial Relocation

- Summary of the "Empty Sky" Memorial Relocation Cause

- Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders Supports the Friends on "Empty Sky" Memorial

- Petition to Governor Corzine

- Email to Governor Corzine

- Flyer for public meeting

- Summary of the Memorial Relocation

-  website of architect - image of Memorial design of Hill and Walls

- Friends' letter to governor 7/17/06

- Friends' letter submitted to the editor of the Star Ledger

- Sam Pesin's letter to Governor Corzine 7/17/06

- Statement for the need for a public meeting 5/31/06

- Email sent to NJDEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson by a 9/11 survivor

- Letter to the Governor by Ruth Conrad, the widow of the late Ted Conrad, one of the founders of Liberty State Park

- Statement for June 13 meeting

- JJ Editorial "Public not heard on park's memorial" 5/31/06

- JJ 9/11 tribute controversy spurs bill 6/6/06

- Sam Pesin letter to Commissioner Lisa Jackson

- Colin Egan to Commissioner Lisa Jackson

- William Price

- An email from a handicapped person who loves the park

- From: "Ruth Conrad"

- Thomas Bragen to Lisa Jackson

-  Roberta Murdoch

- Lifting the freeze

- How to Dishonor the Memories of 9/11 Victims

- Ethel G. Lawner, MD

- Linda D'Esposito

- Dan North

- Michele Dupey

- Reply to DEP Commissioner's letter 7/28/06

- Liberty Yacht Club Jersey City

- Video of lawsuit filed by FOLSP

Morris Pesin on Plaza


Alina Oswald

Steve Latham

Sam Pesin by Mark Finn Jersey City Magazine