[Photo by Nick Solares via Eater]
Food writer Josh Ozersky died this past May 4 at age 47. According to published reports, he died after suffering a seizure in his Chicago hotel room.
His friends have come together to have a bench in Tompkins Square Park dedicated in his honor. Here's Eater's Nick Solares with the story:
Ozersky, who hailed from Atlantic City, NJ, always loved the East Village, where he once made his home. It is thus appropriate that the memorial bench that has been erected in his honor is located in Tompkins Square Park, near the dog run where he once romped with his puppy Judah and close to some of his favorite restaurants.
For those who are curious, the Parks Department has a program that allows people to dedicate spaces in city parks for a fee that goes to the park. Here are details about the Adopt-a-Bench program via the NYC Parks website:
When you adopt a bench in a City park, you can add a personalized message or inscription on a small plaque. Our bench adoptions, which are $2500 for an existing bench, support the upkeep and maintenance of that particular bench for 10 years.
On Friday night, Ozersky's friends gathered at the Boxcar Lounge on Avenue B to have a drink in his honor.