Street Co-Naming on Saturday For Lower East Side Community Hero Mary Spink

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Coming up on Saturday, City Council member Rosie Mendez is co-hosting a street co-naming ceremony for “Mary Spink Way.”

Spink was a beloved community activist who died in 2012. She was executive director of Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, a member of Community Board 3 and a board member of the LES Peoples Federal Credit Union. In the last years of her life, she was an important voice for building affordable housing in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area.

The co-naming ceremony will take place from noon-1 p.m. on the southeast corner of East Second Street and Avenue A. A reception will follow.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to: mschweinsburg@council.nyc.gov or call 212-677-1077.

Here’s the resolution approved earlier this year by Community Board 3 in support of the street co-naming:

WHEREAS, Mary Spink, the longtime activist and resident of the block of East 2nd Street between Avenues A and B, died in 2012 at the age of 65 after many decades of service to this community; and WHEREAS, Mary was executive director of Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association and a valued member of Community Board 3, as well as a board member of the LES People’s Federal Credit Union, the LES Girls Club, and many more organizations; and WHEREAS, Mary has been described as passionate, hard-working, determined, resilient, and a person who always made time to volunteer for causes she cared about. Her work in preserving and creating affordable housing on the Lower East Side has left a lasting legacy on the district; and WHEREAS, the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association organized to support co-naming the street where she lived in her honor. They presented petitions and letters from 365 residents and many of the businesses on the block, as well as the local City Councilwoman; so THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Community Board 3 supports the co-naming of East 2nd Street between Avenues A and B in honor of Mary Spink.

Mary Spink.

Mary Spink.