NYC Honorary Street Names


Bishop Joseph H. Bell Sr. Way (Manhattan)
Present name:922 Saint Nicholas Avenue in front of Bethel Holy Church
Honoree: Bishop Joseph H. Bell, Sr. (1927-2015) was both a respected religious leader and an outstanding educator in the New York City public schools. He was pastor of Bethel Holy Church as well as the President and Senior Bishop of the Mount Sinai Holy Church of America, Inc., a Pentecostal denomination with approximately 90 churches in the United States and abroad. As an educator, he distinguished himself in the 1950s as one of the first African-American physics and chemistry teachers in the Bronx. He served in the Science Departments at the Food Trades Vocational High School; James Kieran Junior High School; Christopher Columbus High School; and the Adult Evening High Schools of New York City. In November 1971, he was appointed principal of Olinville Junior High School in the Bronx where he served for 12 years. (King and Levine)
Frank and Doris Bell Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of Classon Avenue and Sterling Place
Honoree: Frank and Doris Bell contributed to the community by the encouragement they gave to others who sought advice on overcoming their personal problems regarding their business endeavors, social interaction and financial obstacles. In 1968, they opened the Frank R. Bell Funeral Home. Their success over the past six decades was based on their humanitarian concern to serve those families, mostly in the neighborhood, who could not afford the cost of a funeral for their loved ones. Frank R. Bell Funeral Home has hired dozens of employees, some of whom have gone on to start their own businesses. Today, there are seventeen full-time staff members at Frank R. Bell Funeral Home who continue to enjoy a very comfortable standard of living in the community. 2017 will mark 60 years since the Frank R. Bell Funeral Home established a ministry that has served all faiths in the community. (Cumbo)
Sean Bell Way (Queens)
Present name:Liverpool Street
Location:Between 94th Avenue and 101st Street
Honoree: Sean Bell (1983-2006) died in the early morning hours of his wedding day, November 25, 2006. While leaving a Queens nightclub with friends, he was killed by bullets fired by five police officers. His death led to reforms within NYPD including breathalyser tests for police officers after discharge of a firearm. 

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