NYC Honorary Street Names


Mary Vavruska Way (Queens)
Present name:At the southeast corner of 34th Avenue
Location:Between 93rd Street and 94th Street
Honoree: Mary Vavruska (1932-2015) was a civic leader for over 50 years. As president of the Brulene Coop Board, she organized NORC and Selfhelp Community Services for the Northridge, Southridge and Brulene coops. She was a founder and board member of the Jackson Heights Community Corp. and in the early 1970s created the Dirt End Kids which organized teens to clean up Jackson Heights. She also organized services for the homeless at the Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church. She was a member of Community Board 3 for 15 years and its chair from 1980 to 1983; and was a member and officer of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. She was instrumental in the building of Louis Armstrong I.S. 227 and of the 115th Police Precinct on Northern Boulevard. As president of the PTA at PS 92Q and PS 149Q, she organized and led a strong parent volunteer team that helped the schools stay open when threatened with closure during the mid-1970ís; She also championed continued financial support for Paired Schools under the Princeton Plan to integrate schools after the decentralization of school districts. (Dromm)

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