Thursday, December 13, 2012

A petition to name part of East Sixth Street after Donald Suggs

Donald Suggs, a familiar face around the neighborhood, died in early October from an apparent heart attack. He was 51.

Now his many friends and loved ones have started a campaign to petition the city to name the block that he lived on East Sixth Street between Avenue A and B in his honor.

From the EVG inbox:

Donald Suggs Street, or Donald Suggs Way, or Donald Suggs Avenue
Sign a petition to name East 6th Street, between Avenues A & B Donald Suggs Street. Donald Suggs was an amazing, brilliant, multi-talented New Yorker who lived for over 20 years at 526 East 6th Street. His journalism at The Village Voice was groundbreaking in its expert coverage of marginalized people. He was African-American and gay. He was a social activist, a raconteur...

His family and friends feel the loss very deeply. He made it a point to know his neighbors, not just in his building, but on his block, and extended his friendliness to most of the East Village, becoming so well-known and well-liked, just for being him, that his death prompted overflowing expressions of grief on the same sidewalks where he'd walked so much, and his Facebook page has practically vibrated from the outcries and postings.

Donald's contributions to his neighborhood and to the city are considerable and noteworthy and deserve this street-naming recognition. Here is a formal obituary.

To sign this petition the old-fashioned way, you may stop by Exit 9 on Avenue A (between East Fourth and East Third) where Suggs recently worked.

Here are the hours to sign the petition at Exit 9:
Today, noon to 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec 17 — Thursday, Dec. 20, noon to 7:30 p.m.

Per his friend Jennifer: "Right now we will see if we can get enough signatures this way. If need be, we will look into doing an online petition."


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