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In Memoriam – Lucy Cecere

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Lucy Cecere, this past March 19. She was 87. A warm and gracious lady as well as a tireless advocate for her West Village neighborhood and for senior citizens, she was a kind and friendly presence alongside her husband Lenny at well-loved key-and-mailbox spot Something Special on MacDougal Street. Whether her customers lived in the neighborhood or not, she always treated them as neighbors. Born and raised in the West Village, she co-founded the West Village senior citizen advocacy group Caring Community in 1974 and helped build it into a community institution: in 2010, she received an award from Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for her work on behalf of the community. In many ways, she was a modern-day Jane Jacobs, a vital and important presence in the effort to protect historic New York buildings and neighborhoods. In her own determined way, Lucy Cecere embodied everything that’s good about New York: the idea that a neighborhood can be a welcoming place for everyone working together for its common good. She was literally a friend to all, the best possible example of a real New Yorker. She is terribly missed. Our condolences to everyone who had the good fortune to know her.

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April 2, 2011 Posted by | New York City, obituary | , , | Leave a comment