1935 - 2020
GREENSTEIN--Mina Bernice (Baylis), July 11, 1935 - March 25, 2020. Our beautiful mom has passed away after a brief illness, cutting short a full and active life. Proudly born and raised in Brooklyn to Hyman Charles and Jeanne Levine Baylis, Mina graduated from PS 241, Erasmus Hall High School, The Cooper Union and Columbia University. In 1961, she married the love of her life, Marvin Neal Greenstein, and together they started a family in Manhattan. Mina was an AIGA award-winning graphic designer and art director of children's books. In retirement, she was an active volunteer with The Cooper Union, Gracie Mansion, Congregation Or Zarua, and other organizations. She was also a regular at the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, NYC Ballet, the Peoples' Symphony Concerts and more. She was passionate about Brooklyn, NYC, politics, justice, art, and especially her family and friends. She was also a fabulous cook and will long be remembered for her challah, meringue mushrooms, cheesecake, and egg creams. Mina was predeceased by her husband, parents, and brother Carl Baylis. She is survived by children Elizabeth and John Greenstein, daughter-in-law Rebecca Rubel, grandchildren Noa and Daniel Greenstein, nieces Michele Baylis Copelotti and Ruth Anne Baylis, and by many loving friends and family. Private graveside ceremony on March 27, with a public service at a date in the future. Contact Congregation Or Zarua for virtual shiva details. Donations to The Cooper Union - School of Art.

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Published by New York Times on Mar. 27, 2020.
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I was just thinking of a funny story Mina told me when we worked at Orchard Books in the late 90s and learned about her passing on Google. She was an incredible designer, a mensch, a hardcore foodie. I still remember the chow fun she'd bring to the office from her favorite spot in Chinatown as if it were yesterday. May her memory be a blessing.
Ana Cerro
January 31, 2021
I only met Mina briefly a couple of times and it was obvious she was devoted to Gracie.
Theresa LaSalle
March 30, 2020
The Gracie Mansion Conservancy and all its various stakeholders as "The People's House "and residence of New York City mayors salute Mina Greenstein. We together mourn her loss. Above all we share condolences with her family, friends, and fellow worshipers. Her example for more than a decade as guide and teacher for the visiting public--local school children above all- leaves a lasting and inspiring example. For us her memory is a blessing. Sincerely, Paul Gunther, Executive Director , Gracie Mansion Conservancy
Paul Gunther
March 28, 2020
I worked with Mina when she was art director at Orchard Books in the late 1990s. She kept me in stitches with her wry comments and impatience with corporate nonsense. She absolutely loved New York City and all of its cultural riches, and she used to regale me with her many outings and trips to museums, galleries, and concert halls around the city. She wanted to savor all that New York had to offer. She was also so much fun to work with and was such a talented art director. I am sorry to say that we fell out of touch. She was so vibrant, and I hope her family will take comfort in many warm and loving memories of her.
Harriet Sigerman
March 27, 2020
This dark time is all the darker that the brilliant light that was Mina has been extinguished. She will be remembered always with admiration and love.
Lois Atkinson
March 27, 2020
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