Mary Vavruska

93rd St & 34th Ave

Mary Vavruska (1932 – 2015)

Mary Vavruska was a woman of many talents and interests, but her real calling was as a community leader and organizer, working with neighbors, community members, local businesses, politicians and the police to keep improving Jackson Heights and Queens, where she was a beloved local resident.

Judy Grubin, a close friend of Mary’s for almost 50 years, remembers how Mary would cook meals for her community and her eclectic reading habits.


Audio story, text and portrait of Judy Grubin by Hari Adivarekar

Neighborhood photos by Sarah Luft

Music by Isolation Waltz by Bryan Teoh (