Judith Friedman

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When and how did you first meet Judi?

Joanne Mosley
Judi was one of the people who interviewed and assessed my package for purchase of a unit. The second evening of my residency she knocked on my door, reintroduced herself, ran through a list of Kensington amenities, and welcomed me to the building. "Oh, You've got a cat---I have a cat. I like cat people. I'm in 9K, you've got to meet my cat, Casey."
Marlene Siegel
she showed us our apartment- I think she decided we should live there even before we did!! And of course, she was right.
Amy Berman
Judi helped us buy our first apartment, as I am sure she did for many people at Caton Towers. She loved this community so much and convinced us this was a great place to live. We will always remember how she made us feel so welcome from our first days here. Amy & Russell Berman

What will you miss most about Judi?

Joanne Mosley
Judi was an interesting and dynamic person. She was very bright, funny, engaging, and multi-faceted. Judi knew everyone just about everywhere in the Kensington Community. Before there was Yelp, there was Judi's restaurant recommendations. Judi gave recommendations on the best places to shop for shoes, clothing, food, and services in and around Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Cobble Hill, and Park Slope. She knew about every upcoming community meeting, each new proposed new building project coming to Kensington, and each new store and restaurant opening long before the news was public. Judi also established strong relationships with the residents she brought into the building, remembering the names and birthdays of each of their children. Judi loved introducing her building friends to new residents, and was the life of each party here in Caton.

I will miss Judi's sometimes wicked sense of humor, her whirlwind energetic personality, and I will miss her company as a neighbor and as a friend. Judi loved exploring Brooklyn on foot, and would call sometimes and say "Meet me downstairs and let's take a walk to this new nearby restaurant," completely neglecting to tell me the restaurant was five miles away. There I would be two miles later, with blistered heels from inappropriate shoes, regretting that I failed to ask the appropriate questions before committing to her invitation. Judi was many different things to many different people, but what Judi never was, was boring. I will miss her dearly.
Marlene Siegel
She was completely unfiltered- I will miss her honesty, sense of humor, and her friendship.

What accomplishment was Judi most proud of?

Joanne Mosley
No doubt Judi was a very proud Mama Bear of Her Daughter and Grandchildren, and proud of Her Sister and Her Family, as well. Judi loved Family foremost. She would share every new photo, and each new accomplishment each Family Member achieved---in fact, over and over---and then more. That is just how proud Judi was of what they had built and were building in their lives, and She reveled in the fact that Her Family was proud of her, too.

Judi created a Family of Friends and Neighbors here at Caton Towers and was probably our most popular neighbor. Judi was so proud of the new residents she brought to Caton Towers, and would brag about how uniquely interesting each one was. Judi LOVED Caton Towers and was a real Ambassador for our building. Judi brokered a huge percentage of the sales and rentals here in Caton Towers, and She was extremely selective of who she would market to. Judi always said "I don't get hung up with the stupid crap lots of brokers focus on; I just make sure they are good, decent, hard working, and interesting folks coming to Caton; after all, they are going to be my neighbors." Judi helped transform a building of multi cultural residents into a community of neighbors; Judi was so proud of what she had helped create here at Caton Towers.
Marlene Siegel
Unquestionably, her grandchildren!!! Her family was her life.

What were the most important aspects of Judi's spiritual or religious life?

Joanne Mosley
Judi felt a total connection, love, and commitment to Her Family. Judi spiritually was committed to those she loved. Judi stayed connected to her Jewish culture and maintained some connection to her religious community as well. We never talked too much about spirituality, but I did get a sense that Judi was spiritual. I believe Judi took that with her.

How did Judi shape and influence Caton Towers?

Joanne Mosley
Judi helped bring neighbors together to build a community here.

What were the best things about Judi?

Joanne Mosley
Her laughter, and her heart when it was full. I also admired the intensity of her focus when she was committed to a cause.

What did you learn from Judi?

Joanne Mosley
I learned that it was easier to agree with Judi rather than differ with her (smile).

How did Judi affect other people?

Joanne Mosley
Judi was very humorous, social, and community minded. She helped foster that type of environment here at Caton Towers. Judi was so popular; everyone knew her.

How do you plan to honor Judi's memory?

Joanne Mosley
I certainly want to stay in touch with Judi's Family because she would want me to, and I'd like to help organize a permanent honorary recognition here at Caton Towers for Her. Would be nice to gather together Judi's best buddies and give Her a birthday party.