Saturday, November 20, 2021

A memorial for 2 longtime Tompkins Square Park regulars

Longtime East Village activist John Penley has organized a memorial this afternoon in Tompkins Square Park for two longtime friends and Park regulars who died this year — Faith Laugier and Roger White. 

The event, to be held in the center of the Park, is also a response to the recent sweep of Seventh Street, in which city officials removed the makeshift housing that had been between Avenue A and Avenue B in recent months. 

Penley, who now lives in Las Vegas, is putting this together via Facebook. Per the invite:
It looks like the Prime time to go is all afternoon and early evening on Saturday ... please bring FLOWERS, CANDLES and FOOD for Houseless people and warm clothes too. Leave them in the Park. Peace and Love to all.
White, a local musician, and artist, died on Nov. 8. He was 50 or 51, according to friends. An official cause of death was not released. You can read more about Laugier here.

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