It wasn't til I was photographing in the Clinton Community Garden this morning that I realized that I likely had indeed met the late Adam Honigman.
Last Spring, as I was entering the gate of the Garden with my
trusty membership key, there was a man who identified himself as a founding member of the Garden standing outside the gate. He proceeded to give the two of us an impromptu mini-lecture about "getting involved".
The man looked suspiciously like the one in the photograph posted on the Garden gate this morning...
"Don't just be takers!" he practically scolded Mr. D and myself... Hehe.
Although a bit presumptuous,and somewhat gruff, we shrugged agreeably that he indeed made a good point... And we thanked him for his suggestion...
This was a speech (if it was indeed Adam H.?) from a man that was certainly well qualified with his distinctive and proven resume' of community service and activism:
HONIGMAN--Adam, passed away on October 16, 2007. Adam, a local parks activist, was one of the groundbreakers of the Clinton Community Garden in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. He was also one of the most outspoken opponents against the West Side Stadium project. Survived by son Daniel. Services will be Friday morning 10am, in the main sanctuary of Temple EmanuEl, 1 East 65th Street. Donations will be accepted by Doug Fogel. Call 212-541-9810. Published in the New York Times on 10/19/2007.
Update: Manhattan Community Board 4 Website: Adam Honigman October 16, 2007 The Board Office is sad to report that Board Member Adam Honigman passed away on the evening of October 16th, 2007. He served enthusiastically on the Board's Waterfront and Park Committee and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen Land Use Committee...
Adam was a founding member and past-president of the 55th Street Block Association, founding member and vice-president of the DeWitt Clinton Park Conservancy, founding member and steering committee member of the Clinton Community Garden, and founding member of the Friends of the Bellevue Sobriety Garden... In 2005 Adam was a recipient of the NYC Parks Greenthumb “Garden Hero” Award... He will be missed.
I received the following message from his son: Daniel B. Honigman... "Appreciate the photo on Flickr. Adam Honigman is my father. I imagine that news of his death--if you had the pleasure of knowing him--must have been a shock. Suicide really is shocking to anyone who comes in contact with it... This is my first time back in the neighborhood in a long time. It's funny how neighborhoods, especially Hells Kitchen, works in Web 2.0, huh?... Thanks for the post. -d; Saturday, October 20, 2007 10:10:00 PM EDT"
Update: A memorial guest book for Adam Honigman, has been set up here.