Friday, March 11, 2011


Tomorrow is the public memorial celebration for Chloe Dzubilo at Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square at 2:00 pm. She will be celebrated by singers, artists, filmmakers, and activists.

A transgender and HIV/AIDS activist, an artist, writer, and punk rocker, Chloe moved to the East Village in 1982. She died on February 18, falling onto the subway tracks while disoriented from overmedication. She was 50 years old.

If you didn't know her, you noticed her. Maybe walking around the East Village, as she said, "wandering around the neighborhood that I am sadly watching disappear." Or playing with her band at CBGB's or Meow Mix. Or at a book party or a poetry reading. At a rally or a march. When you saw her, you were reminded of what the neighborhood was all about.

People like Chloe keep vanishing from the city, for one reason or another. It seems that when one like her goes, 100 cardboard cut-outs fill the space left behind. The city, and the East Village, will be that much less vital, less alive without her.

Read more about Chloe's life at:
Daily Kos
Village Voice

And visit Chloe's Facebook memorial page here.


EV Grieve said...

RIP Chloe.

BrooksNYC said...

Thank you for this post, and for the three links.

Am reading about her life, and thinking what a strong, kind soul we've lost.

Jeremiah Moss said...

she was a cool person and will be missed.

Anonymous said...

So pleased to see this memorial posted on this blog. I think its the loss of people like Chloe that is the hardest part of "vanishing NY". She was a unique spirit and embodied the essence of what I think is fucking awesome about NYC. She will not be forgotten. RIP Chloe.

Marty Wombacher said...

Always sad to see another original and unique person gone. RIP Chloe Dzubilo. I wish I could've met you. Thanks for the tribute and the links.

Melanie said...

RIP Chloe!!

bodyworkerart said...

Thank you for this memorial. I was her neighbor for the few years she lived next to me (on 6th St.). I recall her funny little dog and at one point she got a little trampoline and would jump on it even in the winter months! Whenever I saw her she always had something so down to earth, simple and from her gut to say--it always made sense. Thanks for your color and spirit Chloe--I will miss you. Probably most of all the way you saw the world--which made the underground seem alive...