My good friend, Marjorie Ferrigno, died Nov. 14. She was in her late 90s.
A founding member of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association, she was an indefatigable advocate for city landmark designation of her beloved neighborhood. She was also a community and city activist and had been a member of the Queens Preservation Council and other organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
Marjorie was knowledgeable and articulate and knew how to talk to everyone in order to achieve her selfless goals and objectives. She had a twinkle in her eye and always expressed herself in assertive yet polite and charming ways. She was successful in convincing elected leaders and other officials to take her position on a variety of issues.
Together with her late husband Nick, they were a dynamic duo of energy and persistence. They were role models for all preservationists. They were loved by all.
In 2010, the Queens Preservation Council presented Marjorie with the Nancy Cataldi Memorial Award for her dedicated service to her community as a civic leader and neighborhood advocate. Her husband and teammate was also honored at that time posthumously. They will both be remembered for their work in preserving and protecting their community as well as for their style and grace.
May they both rest in peace and may Broadway-Flushing achieve the historic landmark status that so many have been working for over the years. What a fitting tribute that would be for the Ferrignos.