NYC Honorary Street Names


Henry Clayton Street (Queens)
Present name:169th Street
Location:Between 137th Avenue and 140th Avenue
Honoree: Henry Clayton, Jr. (1943-2019) served his community starting in the 1970s, providing free extermination services in his Southeast Queens community. In 1988 he opened what became one of the largest Black-owned travel agencies in NYC. It grew to employ over 30 black and brown community members who also went on to become professional entrepreneurs. He partnered with Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York to provide safe, affordable, and memorable trips for seniors and their families. Additionally, he used his community route as a Frito-Lay salesman as a pathway to support, employ and mentor young men throughout Jamaica Queens. He provided holiday gifts out of his own pocket for over 150 families every year. (Adams)
Roxina J. “Roxie” Clayton Road (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of 225th Street and Linden Boulevard
Honoree: Roxina J. Clayton (1937-2016) retired from the Transit Authority after 25 years, in which she rose from Relief Token Booth Clerk to Train Dispatcher. She was a life-long volunteer inr her community, especially for the elderly, participating in Meals on Wheels and Rockaway Revue senior center performances. Despite relocating to Queens, she was known as “The Lady That Sweeps” for regularly sweeping the sidewalk of the block in front of her family’s Brooklyn home. She was an active member of the Greater Allen Cathedral, performing with its Cathedral Choir. She served as president of the South Carolina Club, organizing charity events for the senior congregation members, and also was involved with Habitat for Humanity and the Fresh Air Fund. She died in a tragic vehicular accident caused by a fleeing robbery suspect. (Miller)

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