NYC Honorary Street Names


George Carlin Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 121st Street
Location:Between Morningside Drive and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: George Carlin (1937-2008) was a five-time Grammy Award winning comedian, writer, social critic and actor. Born in Manhattan, he dropped out of school when he was 14 years-old. After serving in the Air Force, he worked for several years as a disc jockey and later formed a duo with comic Jack Burns. He appeared on The Tonight Show more than 130 times and hosted the first Saturday Night Live. His most famous routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," got him arrested on charges of obscenity after performing in Milwaukee in 1972. The case was thrown out; however the bit played a significant role in the U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld the FCC’s ability to regulate indecent programming on public airwaves. (Levine)

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