City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn joined city officials, as well as Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny on Thursday, at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, to remember those who perished on the Titanic.
An Irish immigrant, Quinn’s grandmother, Ellen Shine, was one of the 700 people who survived the tragedy and only died in 1993, aged 101.
“The story of the Titanic is a human story that has the good, the bad and the great things that people demonstrate in the face of disaster,” Quinn said.
The mayoral candidate lay a wreath at the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse at the South Street Seaport, which was erected in 1913, a year after the tragedy.
The 45-minute ceremony included the unveiling of an exhibit at the South Street Seaport Museum, “Titanic at 100 Myth and Memory”.
Titanic commemoration events happening this weekend in New York City.
All Hands on Deck: Remembering the Titanic
The New York Public Library has an exhibit of Titanic memorabilia, including sheet music for songs played on the ship. (Free exhibit open through Aug. 31 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, third floor, Lincoln Center Plaza)
100 Years Later: Little-Known and New Facts About R.M.S. Titanic
J. Joseph Edgette, a professor emeritus at Widener University, will lead a tour of Woodlawn Cemetery — gravesite of several Titanic passengers — while discussing lesser-known details of the ship’s journey. (Sunday, 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx; $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students)
Titanic exhibit at the South Street Seaport Museum
Artifacts on display include blueprints for the ship’s first-class wing and examples of the ship’s portrayal in pop culture throughout the years. (Open through May 16 at 12 Fulton St.; free with $5 museum admission)
‘Titanic Sinks!’: Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of One of the Twentieth Century’s Most Infamous Disasters”
Barry Denenberg, author of the historical-fiction book “Titanic Sinks!”, will give a presentation designed for younger readers. (Sunday, 1 p.m. at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West; $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for children and free for members)
Titanic History Walking Tour
This two-hour tour stops at Pier 54 and the West 14th Street Macy’s, which was partly owned by Isidor Straus, one of the ship’s casualties. (Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon, Greenwich Village; $20 (for information on reservations and meeting place, call 212-465-3331)
James Cameron’s film version of the disaster was re-released in 3-D in theaters last week. (Playing in most AMC and IMAX theaters indefinitely)
*Source AM New York