NYC Transit Moves WWII Memorial to New Home

Photo: Larry Leventhal
Photo: Larry Leventhal

After six decades in its original home of 370 Jay Street, New York City Transit’s memorial to its Second World War heroes has been moved to a new location at 130 Livingston Street.

The war memorial, which lists 85 Transit employees who served during World War II and where they died in service, was designed by the same architects of 370 Jay Street, William E. Haugaard and Andrew Thomas. It had been commissioned in the 1940s by the Board of Transportation, which was headquartered in the building after its construction in the early 1950s. The building later became the headquarters for New York City Transit.

The memorial consists of 12 granite panels, each measuring 2 inches thick, 5 feet wide, 3.5 feet high and weighing approximately 500 pounds. Altogether, the panels span 15 feet wide and 14 feet high. Nine panels are engraved with the employees’ names, which are superimposed on a carved map of the world that bears bronze stars marking the locations where they died.

For a time before 1995, the memorial was blocked from view by a reconfiguration of 370 Jay Street. It was then moved to an outside spot by the main entrance for public view. Since then, NYC Transit has relocated its headquarters and gradually vacated the building. New York University plans to move into the space and renovate it as a new science campus, and in preparation, NYC Transit removed the memorial earlier this year and reassembled it in June at 130 Livingston Street, which houses several Transit departments.

The memorial was officially rededicated in the front lobby of 130 Livingston Street during a ceremony in August. Transit employees who had served during World War II, as well as current service members and NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco, were among those who attended.

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Servicemembers and NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco attended the rededication.