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Lifelong Woodside musician honored with street co-naming where he organized neighborhood concerts

Locals organized a concert in honor of Lowell Marin during the street co-naming in Woodside. Photo courtesy of CM Won’s office

June 26, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan

Lowell Marin, a lifelong Woodside resident known for his dedication to sharing his musical talents with the community, was honored with a street co-naming ceremony and concert over the weekend.

Members of his family and the Northern Woodside Coalition joined Council Member Julie Won on Sunday to officially co-name 34th Avenue between 59th Street and Broadway as “Lowell Marin Stage.” The site was where Lowell organized annual concerts at the Sergeant Collins Triangle for neighbors to enjoy. 

Marin was also a music educator who trained students who found success playing in internationally recognized bands. He founded the band “Laughing Boy,” which blended blues, jazz, soul and rock into a distinct style. 

The new street sign was installed on 34th Avenue between 59th Street and Broadway in Woodside. Photo courtesy of CM Won

“Lowell Marin had a profound impact on the local music community, dedicating his life to performing and imparting his knowledge onto the next generation of musicians,” said Council Member Julie Won. “His loved ones remember him as a compassionate, talented and witty person and an active member of the Northern Woodside Coalition.”

Won added that she was proud to co-sponsor Intro 1278, which made the street co-naming in Marin’s honor possible. Earlier in the process, she penned a letter in support of the co-naming, which was initially proposed by Lowell’s brother, Craig Marin, an internationally renowned puppet artist. 

After growing up in the NYCHA Woodside Houses, Marin went on to contribute to Northern Woodside Coalition, a community group in District 26, as one of their longtime members. 

“Lowell Marin was the ultimate man of Woodside and we’re so happy to be part of this celebration of the life of Lowell Marin,” said Tom Ryan of the Northern Woodside Coalition.

The community members in attendance emphasized that he had a significant impact on the local and citywide music scene through his own playing, teaching and event organizing. Following the street co-naming ceremony, a tribute concert was held in his memory. 

He passed away on September 2, 2022, at the age of 64. 

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