NYC Honorary Street Names
Max Bond Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the southeast corner of St. Nicholas and 162nd Street
Honoree: J. Max Bond (1935-2009) was a prominent African-American architect. In 1970, he founded the firm of Bond Ryder & Associates which designed the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. After Ryder's retirement in 1990, Bond joined Davis, Brody & Associates to form Davis Brody Bond. He was responsible for the museum component of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site. He was chairman of the architecture division at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning from 1980 to 1984, and was dean at the City College of New York School of Architecture and Environmental Studies from 1985 to 1992. He was also a member of the New York City Planning Commission from 1980 to 1986. (Rodriguez)
Michelle Middleton Bond Square (Queens)
Location:The four corners of the intersection of Merrick Boulevard and 224th Street
Honoree: Michelle Middleton-Bond, a former Assistant District Attorney for New York County, left in 1993 to open a law firm in southeast Queens. There she started an internship program for high school students. She also served on the board of United Children’s Appeal, volunteered for the United Negro College Fund, and taught legal writing at York College. Her life was cut short by cancer in 1997.
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