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In Memoriam

Linda Mariano | Courtesy of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club

“There is always a battle for Brooklyn. It’s just on every front, on every doorstep, on every block somebody is trying to take away a piece of your heritage, of your culture, of your history.” – Linda Mariano

Ardent neighborhood preservationist Linda Mariano of Gowanus, Brooklyn passed away on April 1, 2021. Linda was a founder of Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus (F.R.O.G.G.) and a founding member of Voice of Gowanus. In her role as a founding member of the Gowanus Landmarking Coalition, she helped push a number of Protestors oppose demolition on Pittsburgh’s North Side | Courtesy of Gowanus landmarks to individual city-level designation. Linda chaired the Archaeology and Preservation Committee of the Gowanus Superfund Community Advisory Committee, and she was a passionate advocate for a Gowanus state and national register historic district. Listen to Linda’s oral history with the Archive Project on our website at www. A portion of her preservation papers are included in the Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus papers at the Center for Brooklyn History.