Street Memorial for Harry Wieder on Essex

Posted on: July 2nd, 2010 at 6:34 am by

A makeshift memorial is now in place on upper Essex Street, where, just two months ago, community activist Harry Wieder was fatally struck by a taxicab.  The tribute itself is tightly secured to a sign post outside P.S. 20, and is comprised of a pair of white-painted crutches, a photograph of the man, and some flowers.

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Harry Wieder was an LGBT rights, transportation, and disabilities advocate who also sat on Community Board 3.  He whimsically referred to himself as a “disabled, gay, Jewish, leftist, middle aged dwarf who ambulates with crutches.”

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On the night of April 27, after a Community Board 3 meeting at P.S. 20, Harry Wieder crossed Essex Street to where his car was parked.   His colleagues reportedly watched in horror as the accident unfolded, and accompanied him to Bellevue Hospital.  He was 57.

This Harry Wieder memorial appears to be the work of the Ghost Bike Project.

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