Distinguished Residents

Alice Walker ALICE WALKER, best selling author of prize-winning novels including The Color Purple, lived at 55 Midwood Street in the 1970s.

MEREDITH RAINEY, 1992 U.S. Olympic Team Runner, grew up in Lefferts Manor. She did much of her early training in Prospect Park.

JOAN NELSON, an internationally known artist, enjoys the large space of a Manor home.

has won two Emmy Awards for television costume designs.

SYD JOE’S CARIBBEAN ALL STAR ORCHESTRA was the most prominent West Indian musical group in Brooklyn for years.

The late DR. ALEXANDER WEINER discovered the Rh factor in blood. Prior to his discovery, 10,000 babies died each year in the U.S. due to incompatibility with their mother’s blood

The late DAN STRAYHORN, Broadway singer, dancer, and actor was featured in such shows as Sophisticated Ladies, Grand Hotel, Starlight Express, and the Wiz.

JOHN MOTLEY, musician and conductor, conducted the All-City High School Chorus at Gracie Mansion for Mayor Koch in 1981. In 1964 he accompanied Marilyn Anderson and Sidney Poitier at the United Nations at the opening ceremonies of the 19th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

HUGH CAREY, Governor of New York, from 1975 to 1982 moved with his family to Rutland Road when he was 16.

CHRISTIE TODD WHITMAN, former New Jersey Governor and former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was born at 109 Maple Street, in a house built for William Todd, the head of the New York-based Todd Shipyards Corporation.

Former Brooklyn District Attorney, FRANK PRIAL lived at 1842 Bedford Avenue.

Burlesque actress MAE WEST’S MOTHER lived on Rutland Road. Mae used to visit her mother regularly, and she delighted and shocked the neighbors by exercising in the back yard.

Online Membership Payments

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Membership is $25* per household, $15* for seniors.

Membership includes one holiday wreath, and extras are available for purchase at $12* each.

Wreath distribution day for 2021 will be Saturday, December 4th.

*an additional $1 merchant fee will be added to each membership or extra wreath purchased.

LMA Echo, Latest Edition PDF

(Summer 2022 edition)

Headlines from this issue:

Redistricting, Two Primaries and New Office Holders Reshape PLG’s Political Landscape - Milford Prewitt

PLG’s New Private Middle School Teaches “Maker Education,” Learning by Doing - Milford Prewitt, Janice Grannum

Midwood 2’s Richard Maxwell, Peace Maker During Crown Heights Riots, Youth Counselor, Educator and Singer, Dies at 77

Popular Korean Grocer Closes Seven Months After Owner Dies

“Dr. Joe,” Longtime Rutland 1 Resident Who Loved His Neighbors Dies of Dementia

Also in this issue:

PLG Historical Project – “Voices of Lefferts” – Seeks $7,500 from GoFundMe
“Voices of Lefferts,” the six-year-old historical writing project focused on Prospect Lefferts Gardens, hopes to raise $7,500 to continue its series of publications and printed oral histories.

To contribute, visit gofundme.com/f/voices-of-Lefferts-community-writing-project. The group’s works can also be purchased at Greenlight Books where it occasionally holds reading events and talks.

Echo Looking For Co-Editor
The Echo is looking for a co-editor or writer to volunteer their talents in generating editorial content about this dynamic neighborhood. If interested, contact Milford Prewitt at 917-301-7700 or milfordprewitt@aol.com

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