2010-02-19 / Community

Artist, Veteran Donates Work To Local 338

By Nicholas Briano

Inside the Rockaway Park Waldbaum’s last week, Rockaway artist Mike Greenstein presented Local 338 President John Durso with his painting showing the city’s skyline, with the World Trade Center missing, but outlined. Inside the Rockaway Park Waldbaum’s last week, Rockaway artist Mike Greenstein presented Local 338 President John Durso with his painting showing the city’s skyline, with the World Trade Center missing, but outlined. Rockaway resident Mike Greenstein, featured in The Wave one year ago for donating his artwork to the VA Hospital, has once again donated one of his pieces of artwork; this time to Local 338 in a presentation inside the Rockaway Park Waldbaum’s last week.

As a member of Local 338, Greenstein presented President John Durso with his painting that shows the city’s skyline with the World Trade Center missing, but outlined. The painting will hang in the Local 338 office in Long Island.

Greenstein, a World War II veteran, who was once called “the strongest man in the Army Air Force,” donated a painting last year that he had done specifically for the Brooklyn Campus of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System.

Greenstein served in the AAF from 1942 to 1946. During that time, he held four junior world records in strength and once lifted 586 pounds with his teeth. He is also credited with bending a one-inch piece of iron across the bridge of his nose.

After the war, Greenstein went to work locally as a mechanic for Trans World Airlines. He remained with TWA for 17 years and then switched gears to become a wedding photographer. Greenstein came to Rockaway more than a decade ago and has since taken up painting and become a well-known local artist.

Now Greenstein is trying to raise money for both the JASA Senior Center, located at 106-20 Shore Front Parkway, and the St. Camillus Senior Club, both of which are in desperate need of financial assistance.

“I will give one of my New York City Skyline paintings away for free to anyone who can come up with $1,000 for either of these seniors centers,” Greenstein said. “They could really use the help.”

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