NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Community leaders, activists, elected officials, and supporters observed World AIDS Day 2016 by attending the official dedication ceremony for the newly completed New York City AIDS Memorial, centerpiece of the New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent's Triangle. The Memorial is located at the intersection of West 12 th Street and Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan's West Village neighborhood. The New York City AIDS Memorial Board of Directors hosted the ceremony, alongside representatives from the END AIDS NY 2020 Coalition, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the New York State Department of Health. Until now, more than 35 years into the fight against AIDS, there was no highly visible public memorial in New York City recognizing the 100,000+ men, women and children lost to the disease and the extraordinarily heroic effort of caregivers and activists who helped change the trajectory of the epidemic. The Memorial sits at the gateway to a new park adjacent to the former St. Vincent's Hospital, which housed the City's largest AIDS ward and is often considered the epicenter of the disease, and less than a block from the LGBT Community Center, where ACT-UP first organized. The push for a memorial began as a grassroots effort in 2011, and with significant community support, public leadership and private generosity, including the special support of the Rudin family, the developers of the park and former hospital site, the Memorial is finally opening to the public.