Radical Hospitality

February 10, 2004
October 17, 2004

Radical Hospitality will draw upon artifacts, photographs, banners and posters, children's art and video to reveal the story of how ordinary people pitched in to provide comfort, support and amenities to the rescue and recovery workers at the site of the destroyed World Trade Center. Organized geographically, the exhibition starts in midtown Manhattan with the supply distribution centers hurriedly created at the Jacob Javits Center and the piers along the Hudson River, then travels downtown on West Street along the Hero Highway to Point Thank You at Christopher Street, where well-wishers cheered and held up hand-lettered and decorated signs expressing their appreciation as rescue vehicles traveled to and from the site. It then goes to Nino's Restaurant on Canal Street, which opened its doors around the clock and supplied the recovery workers with food, drink, and a place to unwind from their grueling task, to St. Paul's Chapel, a spiritual and physical haven for the workers, to Ground Zero and the ceremonies that marked the end of the recovery and clean-up operations.

Approximately 50 objects bear witness to the incredible outpouring of support for New York's rescue and recovery workers in the months following September 11, from a canvas banner hung on the fence at St. Paul's and signed by recovery workers, volunteers, and people visiting groun; to the tags of bomb-sniffing dogs Ajax and Laika; to a large hand-painted sign reading "Welcome to Point Thank You". Many of these items are now part of the Historical Society's permanent holdings through the History Responds collecting initiative, which ensures their preservation for study by future generations.

Creative: Tronvig Group