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Doris Diether memorial set for Washington Square Park

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | A celebration of the life of Doris Diether will be held — where else? — in her beloved Washington Square Park.

The memorial will be held Sat., Oct. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the Garibaldi Plaza, just east of the park’s central fountain plaza.

Doris Diether with the “Little Doris” marionette, made by Ricky Syers, in Washington Square Park eight years ago. (Photo by Megumi Williams)

Diether, a legendary Greenwich Village activist and the city’s longest-serving community board member, died at age 92 on Sept. 16 at her Waverly Place home. Sixty years ago, she was an ally of Jane Jacobs in fending off Robert Moses’ sweeping urban-renewal plans that would have demolished swaths of the Village. She went on to become the longtime “zoning maven” of Community Board 2.

Additional information about the memorial, including a possible rain date, will follow.

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