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2005 News Releases

July 14, 2005

Donna Silberberg
Molly Charboneau
Rudy Orozco

DC 37 re-opens 125 Barclay St. entrance,
closed since September 11th

District Council 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts along with other DC 37 officials cut a green ribbon today to officially reopen the 125 Barclay Street entrance of the union's headquarters—one block north of Ground Zero—which has been closed since September 11th, 2001.

"DC 37's main entrance at 125 Barclay Street was closed on 9/11 when our member, retirees and staff were forced to flee the building. Because of rebuilding at Ground Zero, it has not been safe to reopen it until now," said Ms. Roberts.

"DC 37's building staff has done a tremendous job of bringing our headquarters back to full operation. Today we reopen this entrance in the spirit of healing from those tragic events and moving forward."

In addition to a new marble façade to replace the one damaged on 9/11, the union's logo atop the Barclay Street side of the building has been freshly painted to guide members and visitors to the reopened entrance. Inside the lobby, a lighted display of photos and text pays tribute to the hundreds of DC 37 members who worked so hard on rescue and recovery at Ground Zerofour of whom gave their lives in the effort.

DC 37 has been a major part of Tribeca for 32 years, moving into its headquarters building in 1973. Originally, the old World Telegram Sun newspaper occupied 125 Barclay Street. After 9/11 the building was closed for six months; until now the only access has been through the back entrance.


District Council 37 represents 121,000 city employees and 50,000 retirees.



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