Neighbors Unite to Fundraise for Orchard Street ‘Mayor’ Who Suffered Stroke

Posted on: January 7th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Ryan Chadwick

Danny Coffey, the homegrown property manager and steward of lower Orchard Street, is in a bad spot and needs assistance. You’ve definitely crossed paths with him, forever patrolling the block between Grand and Broome Streets, often whistling loudly to himself.

Last Thursday (January 3), the 56-year-old neighborhood fixture suffered a stroke, and required emergency surgery. Now in recovery, friends and neighbors are rushing to his aid. He had a stent put in, and breathing tube was removed Friday.

Meanwhile, Grey Lady owner Ryan Chadwick is rallying the neighbors, and already created a crowdfunding campaign via GoFundMe to help pay for Coffey’s medical bills and other living costs. (He reportedly has no health insurance.)

“Many in this community have received help from Danny, and now it’s our time to help him,” the appeal reads. “Your donations will go directly to Danny helping with Medical and Recovery Costs.”

So far, the account has raised more than $6,250 toward the $30,000 goal.

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