NYC Honorary Street Names


Lucy and Lenny Cecere Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of MacDougal Street and Houston Street
Honoree: Lucy Cecere (d. 2011) served on the board of the Village Nursing Home and helped save the home when it was threatened with closing in 1975. The Village Nursing Home, now Village Care, remains an important primary-care institution for the elderly and people with HIV/AIDS in the Downtown area. She founded the Golden Age Club to support low-income seniors with healthy meals and was the co-founder of the Caring Community which today serves more than 2,000 seniors at four different locations in and around Greenwich Village. After 9/11, she coordinated with the NYPD to provide healthy meals for first responders. Lenny Cecere (d. 2015) was born in Brooklyn, also to Italian immigrant parents, but lived in the Village from 1949 on. Lenny was an army veteran involved with the allied recapture of France and the Battle of the Bulge. After marrying Lucy at Our Lady of Pompeii in 1949, they moved to nearby Sullivan Street. After they bought 51 MacDougal Street in 1962, Lenny eventually took over the retail space on the ground floor, turning it into a store called “Something Special,” selling doughnuts, bagels, candy, greeting cards, and eventually renting mailboxes and copying keys.  In this capacity Lenny became a beloved and widely known fixture in the community, whom countless Villagers, famous and everyday, came to rely upon for essential services in their daily lives.  Lenny was also an active member of the Father’s Club at Our Lady of Pompeii School, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion posts in Greenwich Village. (Johnson)
Richard Cecere Corner (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Northwest corner of 37th Avenue and 83rd Street
Honoree: Richard Cecere (1943-2007) was chairperson of Community Board 3, active in two Democratic clubs, president of the Kiwanis Club of Jackson Heights, and active in several other civic and charitable organizations.

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