Showing posts with label Frances Goldin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Frances Goldin. Show all posts

Monday, October 9, 2023

Dedicating Frances Goldin Way

This past Thursday, the community came together to dedicate the stretch of Fourth Street between Cooper Square and Second Avenue as Frances Goldin Way...
Here's more about Goldin from the Cooper Square Committee: 
Frances Goldin was one of the Lower East Side's most noteworthy and accomplished activists, civic leaders, and advocates for affordable housing. She was a leader in the establishment of the Cooper Square Committee, its affiliates, and the Metropolitan Council on Housing while fighting tirelessly for more than 50 years for the racially just integration of the Seward Park Urban Renewal area. She was dedicated to gay rights and was once honored on the lead float in the annual Gay Pride Parade in NYC. She was also a distinguished literary agent and founded her own firm representing many Pulitzer Prize-winning authors.
The East Village resident died in 2020 at age 95. 

And here's the moment of the unveiling...

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Check out this free screening of 'Rabble Rousers: Frances Goldin and the Fight for Cooper Square' tomorrow night

Tomorrow (Thursday) night, there's a free screening of "Rabble Rousers: Frances Goldin and the Fight for Cooper Square" on Fourth Street between Second Avenue and the Bowery. (This block is part of the official Open Streets program just on Thursday evenings.) 

The documentary tells the story that led to the creation of the Cooper Square Community Land Trust:
A trailblazing housing organizer and her diverse working-class neighbors fight Robert Moses, the real-estate industry and five mayors to create the first Community Land Trust in New York City — an oasis of permanently low-income housing in the heart of the rapidly gentrifying Lower East Side.

Read more about the film here.  

There's a pre-film discussion starting at 7:45... with "Rabble Rousers" starting at 8:30 p.m. 

Goldin died in May 2020 at age 95.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

RIP Frances Goldin

Frances Goldin, a lifelong preservationist and community activist, died on Sunday in her East Village apartment, according to published reports. She was 95.

As The New York Times noted, Goldin, who was born in Queens in 1924, "won her first street brawl when she was 11 and as a grown-up never stopped fighting to safeguard her beloved Lower East Side from upscale developers."

Here's more from the Times on her remarkable life:

An unreconstructed socialist, Ms. Goldin was an advocate for affordable housing and a staunch defender of the poor.

Her activism extended over two careers. In one, she was a civic leader in a vintage neighborhood that was being gussied up with fancy names (“as soon as they said ‘East Village,’ they tripled the rent,” she told The New York Times in 1984) and studded with asymmetrical buildings girdled in glass.

In the other, from 1977, she was a literary agent who represented progressive authors, including Susan Brownmiller, Martin Duberman, Juan Gonzalez, Robert Meeropol, Frances Fox Piven and the New York City historian Mike Wallace. The novelist Barbara Kingsolver chose Ms. Goldin on the basis of her advertisement that read, “I do not represent any material that is sexist, ageist or gratuitously violent.”

Goldin was the founder of both the Metropolitan Council on Housing and the Cooper Square Committee.

Tributes to her on Twitter included...

She is survived by two daughters, Sally and Reeni Goldin, and a grandson.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Frances Goldin could kick a cop in the balls and not get arrested, probably

[Andrew Burton/Getty Images]

Frances Goldin, founder of the Cooper Square Committee and catalyst for getting the rent reduced at the St. Mark's Bookshop, was among the many Occupy Wall Street protestors yesterday. The 87-year-old literary agent is a longtime activist who has been arrested nine times. She is quoted in a feature at MSNBC today:

"And I was sure I'd be arrested today, but the cops were determined because of the bad publicity for them, to not arrest an 87-year-old woman."

"I said [to an officer], 'What if I socked you in the eye?,' and he said, 'I'd give you a free shot,'" Goldin said. "'Well, what if I kneed you in the groin?,' and he said, 'No, you're not going to get arrested!'"

And here she is on NBC New York...