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.

Memorial For Mary Spink Sunday; Sharing More Memories of a Tireless Community Activist

Photo courtesy: LES People's Mutual Housing Association.

A short time ago we received details about the memorial service for Mary Spink, the widely respected and loved community activist who died earlier this week. On Monday, she lost an extended battle against a failing liver and kindeys, passing away at Beth Israel Hospital, at the age of 64. The service will take place Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Union (7th Street & 3rd Avenue).

Throughout the week, we’ve been receiving heartfelt emails about Mary and talking with community leaders about a woman who showed remarkable courage in overcoming life’s obstacles and making a real difference in a neighborhood she loved.

Community Activist Mary Spink Loses Battle Against Long Illness

This morning we were sad to learn about a big loss for the Lower East Side.  Longtime community activist Mary Spink, who had been battling a failing liver and kidneys, died late last night at Beth Israel Hospital.

Mary was executive director of Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, an organization that has renovated and built many buildings throughout the neighborhood for affordable housing. She was a member of Community Board 3 and a board member of the LES Peoples Federal Credit Union,  the LES Girls Club and many other organizations.

Last June, Mary was named a “Woman of Distinction” by State Senator Daniel Squadron.  At the time, the senator said: “Mary represents the best of individual achievement against all odds, which she directs entirely at empowering and bettering her community. Her passion, hard work and ingenuity have inspired countless others and made the Lower East Side a better place. I’m thrilled to honor everything that Mary has done to make our community more affordable and diverse.”