Some might see an echo of the pink triangle and think of Act Up, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. Some might see an echo of the letter lambda, the symbol of gay liberation when AIDS began decimating the gay population. Some might see a V for virus, or for St. Vincent’s, the hospital across the street where so many of the first victims went to die.
But most visitors to a new city park planned in the triangle bounded by Seventh Avenue, 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue would probably see only an angular, 18-foot-high canopy made of trellises densely planted with English ivy, Virginia creeper and honeysuckle.
It was that modest and multipurpose role that won the support of the Greenwich Village community board on Thursday night for what would be New York’s first prominent, free-standing AIDS memorial.