CLICK HERE for text of speeches from the event.


Jane Jacobs, A Public Celebration Jane Jacobs, A Public Celebration audience

Over 150 people turned out to listen to Jane Jacobs: A Public Celebration in Washington Sqaure Park on June 28, 2006.


Commission Tierney reads proclamation

Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Robert Tierney reads a proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg honoring Jane Jacobs. Behind him (l. to r.) Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Center for the Living City Co-founder and LPC Commissioner Roberta Gratz, and GVSHP Executive Director Andrew Berman.

Borough President Stringer addresses the crowd

Borough President Scott Stringer addresses the crowd.

Andrew Berman addresses crowd Andrew Berman addresses crowd

GVSHP Executive Director Andrew Berman addresses the crowd.  CLICK HERE for the text of his speech.

Roberta Gratz addresses crowd

Roberta Brandes Gratz addresses the crowd.  Gratz worked closely with Jane Jacobs and organized the public celebration.

Ned Jacobs addresses crowd Ned Jacobs addresses crowd

Jane Jacobs’ son Ned addresses the crowd.  To the far right on stage is City Council Member Rosie Mendez.

Paul Goldberger addresses crowd

Paul Goldberger, former New York Times and New Yorker architecture critic and Parson School of Design Dean.

Ron Shiffman addresses crowd

Ron Shiffman, former City Planning Commissioner and Director of the Pratt Center for Community Planning and Development.

Professor Sandy Ikeda

Sandy Ikeda, Professor of Economics at Purchase College.  Prof. Ikeda teaches a class on Jane Jacobs as an economist.

State Senator Tom Duane

State Senator Tom Duane.

Erik Wensberg speaks

Erik Wensberg, longtime ally of Jane Jacobs and founding member of the Committee to Save the West Village.

Hillary Brown speaks

Hillary Brown, pioneering environmentalist who helped set green building standards.

Elizabeth Yeampierre

Elizabeth Yeampierre, attorney, community activist, and environmental justice and civil rights advocate.

Mary Shamis Erouart

Mary Shamis Erouart, 15-year-old granddaughter of Mary Nichols, closes the event with a reading from Jane Jacobs’ writings. 

Mary Nichols was a Villager who wrote for the Village Voice about Jane’s efforts.

Other speakers included Assemblymember Deborah Glick (CLICK HERE for text of resolution passed by New York State Assembly honoring Jane Jacobs, introduced by Assemblymember Deborah Glick), Councilmember Rosie Mendez, and Eliza Nichols (daughter of Mary Nichols).