Wednesday, 18 May 2016

JFK Airport’s Storage Space for 9/11 Artifacts Will Close

Hangar 17, which once stored hundreds of pieces from September 11, will likely be demolished

For the past 14 years, Hangar 17 at JFK Airport has served as a makeshift memorial for materials salvaged from the World Trade Center attacks of 2001. But now, as the number of items contained within the hangar has dwindled, its keepers—the Port Authority—have decided to close the space, according to The New York Times. By the end of the summer, they hope to have distributed the remaining 50 artifacts.

The Port Authority once had more than 2,000 items in storage, including steel from the Twin Towers and items salvaged from the mall beneath the WTC, but those items have since been given to institutions like the National September 11 Memorial Museum for display and safe keeping. Some of the remaining items at the hangar include wigs, blouses, an embroidered Wile E. Coyote polo shirt, and a satin-gloved mannequin hand.

Port Authority’s executive director, Patrick J. Foye, has assured that enough time will be given to find the remaining items a proper home.


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