NYC Honorary Street Names


Fred Bass Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:at the northeast corner of Broadway and East 12th Street
Honoree: Fred Bass(1928-2018) began working at the Strand bookstore, founded by his father, when he was 13 years-old. After serving in the U. S. Army, he became manager of the store in 1956 and moved it to Broadway at 12th Street. Over the years, the store expanded to occupy four floors and added an antiquarian department. By 1997, it was the largest used-book store in the world, with over 2.5 million books. Fred introduced a number of innovations, establishing satellite Strands in kiosks outside the entrance to Central Park at Grand Army Plaza and downtown in the South Street Seaport. He also created a literary quiz for prospective Strand employees to test their knowledge of books. He donated regularly to the Fresh Air Fund, God's Love We Deliver, Boys Town of Italy and of Jerusalem, the Dole Fund, the Robin Hood Foundation at 826 Broadway, and Calvary Hospital. (Rivera)

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