The North Flatbush Avenue mourns the loss of Fran Trowbridge.
A message from the North Flatbush Business Improvement District President, Regina Cahill:
When I moved to Flatbush Avenue in the mid 70’s, one of the first people I met was Fran Trowbridge. Not only was she a welcoming and friendly face she was “pure Brooklyn”, a lifer and a resident of Flatbush Avenue since the early 50’s. She was part of the original moment, the Triangle Parks Committee, the group that shepharded North Flatbush Avenue through this slow renaissance of economic development and community improvements. Fran was a true advocate for Flatbush Avenue, a founding member of the Prospect Heights Association that established the Prospect Heights House Tour, and the local historian of the neighborhood. She could name all the past and present merchants as well as point out their successes and pitfalls, for Fran always spoke her mind.
Although Fran was never an official member of the board she provided guidance to the BID by always advocating for the long term “mom & pop” merchants that survived the tough times on Flatbush while welcoming the businesses catering to the new demographic.
It is with great sadness that we mark Fran’s passing and express our deepest condolences to her family.
Fran will be missed.