The first tribute to the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was made official Wednesday as New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani signed a bill renaming the reservoir in Central Park.
The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir will be officially dedicated within the next month, possibly including the former first lady's children, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and John Kennedy Jr.Onassis, a longtime New York City resident, died at her Fifth Avenue home in May after battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer. She was 64.
Earlier this month, the City Council unanimously voted to rename the 132-year-old waterway in her honor.
"In doing so, we have dedicated a quiet, beautiful place in memory of a quiet, beautiful woman," said City Council Speaker Peter Vallone at the bill-signing ceremony in City Hall.
During her lifetime, Onassis could often be found jogging around the reservoir or strolling there with her grandchildren.
"New York will miss her," Giuliani said at the ceremony. "Renaming this reservoir is the least the city could do to honor this great woman. "
The 106-acre reservoir runs from 86th to 96th streets, close to Onassis's Fifth Avenue apartment. It was built in 1862 and until 1993, its 1 billion gallons of water were used to supply drinking water to the city.