At Barbara's Way Memorial Garden lies this plaque from the Neponsit Property Owners' Association. Family, friends, local politicians and community members gathered this weekend to remember a woman who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the residents of Rockaway through her involvement in community affairs, the arts and education. On Saturday, September 12, Beach 144 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard officially became Barbara's Way in memory of community activist Barbara Eisenstadt, who died at the age of 69 in October 2007. A memorial garden was also dedicated in Eisenstadt's honor on the median at Beach 144 Street.
The ceremony came on the same day when, just blocks away at Riis Park, the 25th Annual Rockaway Music and Arts Council's Fall Festival - which Eisenstadt founded - opened its two day run.
|Friends and family gather for the dedication of Barbara's Way Memorial Garden and the renaming of Beach 144 Street at Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Beach 144 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard is now known as Barbara's Way. Two of the Eisenstadt grandchildren inspect the plaque at the memorial garden prior to the dedication. City Councilman Eric Ulrich presents a replica of the street sign to Eisenstadt's family. Also pictured is Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who said: Eisenstadt "left a big footprint in the community and now you can always see the footprint." Also pictured is Eisenstadt's husband Marvin and his grandson. Marvin Eisenstadt thanks those assembled for honoring his wife, Barbara. Barbara's Way Memorial Garden. |