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Barry Chusid, Tenant Activist, Succumbs to Long Illness

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Barry Chusid (right) with Clayton Patterson. Photo by Hugh Burckhardt.

Last summer, I conducted an extensive interview with Barry Chusid, a longtime Lower East Side resident fighting to save 400 Grand Street, the apartment building he’d called home for many years. This morning there’s some sad news to report about Barry.  He was found dead in his apartment earlier this month, having succumbed to a long illness. Barry told me he was battling emphysema and other medical problems.

Barry was a well-known figure in the community. That’s Barry on the right (pictured above) with legendary LES photographer/documentarian Clayton Patterson. The photo was taken by Hugh Burckhardt inside Patterson’s Essex Street apartment about a year ago.

Barry had been scheduled to appear before Community Board 3’s land use committee this week. He intended to make another appeal to preserve 400 Grand, which sits on the most valuable parcel in the Seward Park redevelopment site (SPURA).  In our article, we detailed Barry’s argument — that the city had allegedly reneged on a promise to turn the building over to its residents (you can read the story here).

In the past few months, he had become a regular presence at CB3’s SPURA meetings, speaking frequently on behalf of 400 Grand’s tenants. The residents have been assisted by Manhattan Legal Services, which has struggled to get information about the building’s status from the city. At this week’s Community Board meeting, it was announced that the tenants’ association is deciding who will take over as spokesperson.

We’re trying to find out information about a memorial service for Barry, and will let you know what we learn.  Not everyone agreed with Barry’s point of view, but there’s no doubt he was a true Lower East Sider — a likable, passionate and tenacious guy who fought for something he believed in, right up until the end.

 

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