Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Community advocate Harry Wieder killed by cab on the LES

Harry Wieder, a Community Board 3 member and an activist for gay and disabled rights, was struck and killed by a cab last night on Essex Street. He was 57.

According to DNAinfo, Wieder was leaving a Community Board 3 meeting at PS 20 when the incident occurred on Essex Street between Houston and Stanton.

“I will miss Harry terribly,” CB 3 Chairman Dominic Pisciotta told DNAinfo. “He contributed so much to the board, and you could always count on him being at nearly every meeting. He loved serving the community, and most of all fighting for it.”

As The Lo-Down noted: On Wieder’s Facebook Page, he described himself as a: “Disabled, gay, Jewish, leftist, middle aged dwarf who ambulates with crutches…”


Anonymous said...

Very sad. I hope people appreciated just how much he contributed to our neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

This is a shame.

~evilsugar25 said...

wow. that's really sad.

just tonight during my cab ride home i was noticing how close the cars and people cut it with each other. it's insane, really.

what a shame.

screwtheright said...

I knew Harry. He was a regular at Three Lives bookstore, where I work. Smart and funny and very dear. I'm so sad to learn of his death. His poor mother!