To many more! Coney Islander celebrates 103rd birthday with senior adult center

JASA celebrates residents 103rd birthdat
The JASA community came out to party and celebrate Bigelson’s big day.
Photo courtesy of JASA.

A Coney Island resident celebrated her 103rd birthday last week with the help of JASA’s older adult center on the peninsula. 

Jeanette Bigelson brought in her big day with the JASA community on Feb. 2 at a “roaring twenties” themed party chock full of live music, cake and presents.

According to Bigelson, after 103 years, the highlight of reaching this milestone is having familial support and being able to celebrate with close friends.

Coney Island local celebrates 103rd birthday
The JASA community joined Jeanette Bigelson in celebrating her 103rd birthday.Photo courtesy of JASA.

“The most exciting part is that I am still alive and I have two wonderful daughters and 3 amazing granddaughters who are always around when I need them,” she told Brooklyn Paper. “The Luna Park Senior Center is my second home. I knew the Center was throwing a party for my birthday, but I could never imagine it would be such a grand event. They made me feel like a queen for the day and I am profoundly grateful.”

Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny stopped in to present the birthday lady with a flower bouquet and appreciation certificates. Council member Ari Kagan and his office also extended their congratulations and gratitude.

“It was wonderful to see my old friend Jeanette Bigelson celebrate her 103rd birthday. We worked together and created a supply center for water, food, warm blankets, etc. in the Warbasse community center,” Brook-Krasny said. “We worked very hard in the aftermath of the hurricane and Mrs. Bigelson is a hero of her community. It is my honor to wish her a very happy birthday.”
Brook-Krasny presents Bigelson with flowers for 103rd birthday
Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny presents Bigelson with flowers and appreciation certificate.Photo courtesy of JASA.

Bigelson was born in Manhattan to a family of seven, all sharing a 4th floor walkup in the Lower Eastside. She got married and had my first baby at the age of 20 and dedicated her life to raising her children. In hindsight, she believes the key to living a long, fulfilling life is gratefulness and self-care.

“Thank God for what you have, enjoy your life to the fullest and take good care of yourself,” she said.

Update (Feb. 7, 3:28 p.m.): This story has been updated to include comment from Assembly member Alec Brook-Krasny.