On Tues, Oct 6th at 6:30 pm, a “Larry Selman Way” sign will be installed at the corner of Bedford and Grove Street in the West Village of Manhattan.
Residents will remember Larry Selman, who died in 2013 at age 70, as a neighborhood fixture who often stopped folks on the street to talk and to ask for a donation for charity.
Over his lifetime—although he lived in poverty himself—Larry raised over half million dollars for numerous charities. His enthusiastic, kind-hearted and open personality was showcased in the Academy Award nominated documentary “The Collector of Bedford Street.” He was a true philanthropist, fundraiser and unstoppable community activist, although he had an intellectual disability, an IQ of less than 60.
Since his death, locals have worked tirelessly to have Bedford Street co-named in his honor. With the help of Community Board #2 plus the City Council, Mayor de Blasio signed the “Larry Selman Way” bill on August 10, 2015 .—WestView Editors
Update: There has been a slight change in the time of the Co-Naming of Bedford St. Larry Selman Way. The correct time is 6:00 pm, Tuesday October 6th.