Manhattan Beach lost one if its staunchest and most tenacious advocates this week. Long-time resident and community activist Ed Eisenberg passed away on March 1 at the age of 79.
Neighbors and friends will best remember Eisenberg for his outspoken defense of the neighborhood, its parks, and public safety. He was an active member of the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association, the 61st Precinct Community Council, and Community Board 15 until his death. And he never stopped looking out for the community he loved to call home.
In recent years he raised his voice about park funding, a dangerous pier, and even the NYPD’s blotter blackout in the pages of this paper. His opinions may have occasionally differed from those of his neighbors, but no one questioned where his heart was.
“Ed Eisenberg devoted his life to making his community a better place, and he did it in his own uniquely passionate, relentless way,” said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay) in a statement. “He knew the details of every community meeting and neighborhood event, almost before they were scheduled.”
Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D– Sheepshead Bay) also also recalled Eisenberg’s passion for his neighborhood.
“I’ve known Ed for a long time, and have always admired the passion he held for his favorite part of Brooklyn,” Deutsch said in a statement. “Manhattan Beach will never be the same.”
Eisenberg is survived by his wife Eileen, his two sons, and three grand-children.