Alex Braginsky Drive
Forest Hills Street
Honors 9/11 Victim
Russian Was Living American Dream
by Matthew LiPani (Times Newsweekly.com)
Community Board 6 on June 23 voted unanimously to name a Forest Hills street after a Russian immigrant who was achieving the American Dream until his death during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. An NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development spokesperson also discussed affordable housing.
Alex Braginsky Drive is the proposed name for 62nd Drive from 108th Street to 110th Street. Braginsky, who died at age 38, came from Odessa by the Black Sea in 1979. He graduated with honors from Flushing's John Bowne High School and Queens College before getting a job as a financial adviser for Reuters. He was attending a conference at Windows on the World at the time of the terrorist attack. Oscar Jonas, a community liaison from City Council Member James Gennaro's office, said that Braginsky also helped incoming immigrants obtain jobs and cope with their new environment in America.
"Along the way he never forgot to give back to the community he lived in," said Jonas."We lost more than a piece of the Manhattan skyline that day."
Nelly Braginsky, the victim's mother, thanked CB 6 for the approval, adding that the terrorists "not only killed my son, they also killed by grandchildren," since Alex Braginsky never got the chance to marry or procreate.
Trees were planted in Alex Braginsky's honor at the Queens Botanical Garden and in a memorial park in Haifa, Israel.