Councilmember Rosie Mendez worked hard over the last five years to find a proper public statement for the work and accomplishments of a progressive advocate many of us knew well, Miriam Friedlander.
On Sunday, October 19th on the Southeast Corner of 6th St. and Second Avenue there was a street co-naming ceremony and reception. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, former Senator Tom Duane, former Councilmember Margarita Lopez, VID members Tony Hoffmann, Katharine Wolpe, and Frieda Bradlow, joined Councilmember Rosie Mendez in naming Miriam Friedlander Way
Friedlander was the outspoken, firebrand Democrat who represented the East Village and Lower East Side in the City Council during some of the area’s most turbulent years, from 1974 to 1991, and died at New York University Medical Center on Sun., Oct. 4, 2009, at 95.
A political figure who evoked passionate reactions from her admirers and detractors alike, she is best remembered for advocating on behalf of gay and lesbian issues, women, tenants and the homeless.
Lincoln Anderson, The Villager