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.
Interview with Judy Grubin (friend of Mary)
Read the full transcript.
Audio story, text and portrait of Judy Grubin by Hari Adivarekar
Neighborhood photos by Sarah Luft
Music by Isolation Waltz by Bryan Teoh (FreePD.com)