NYC Honorary Street Names


Manny “The Wrong Man” Balestrero Way (Queens)
Present name:73rd Street
Location:Between 41st Avenue and Woodside Avenue
Honoree: Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero (1909-1998) a Stork Club musician, was an innocent man who in 1953 was arrested outside his home in Jackson Heights and accused of robbery. During his trial, an outburst by a juror resulted in a mistrial. Shortly after, the real thief, Charles J. Daniell, was caught before Balestrero's second trial began. Daniell confessed to forty robberies, including the two for which Balestrero was accused. Alfred Hitchcock movie, “The Wrong Man,” based on Balastrero's ordeal, was filmed at the actual locations where the events occurred. (Dromm)

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