Councilmember Paul Vallone hosted a street co-naming ceremony in honor of Benjamin Fried, a beloved, lifelong community activist and small business owner, who passed away last year at age 98. Fried dedicated much of his life advocating for Bayside, the neighborhood he called home. From establishing events such as the annual Children’s Holiday Parade to fighting against the closure of Firehouse 306, Fried always put his heart into community service.
“Today we are standing together to honor Benjamin Fried and his entire family. Benjamin Fried was affectionately known as the Mayor of Bayside, and for good reason. The overwhelming presence and support from the community joining us today is a testament to the impact and influence Ben had on our neighborhood. We proudly stand here across the street from the former location of Ben’s Hardware Store, which had been a staple of Bayside for decades,” said Vallone at the August 24 event.
Fried’s son, Jack, president of the 111th Precinct Community Council said, “My father was a very staunch worker to make Bell Boulevard and Bayside a very viable community. He has been an active member of the community for about 35-40 years, and he was a big businessman in the community for about 67 years.”