NYC Honorary Street Names


Cecil Collymore Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Putnam Avenue
Location:Between Grand Avenue and Downing Street
Honoree: Cecil Collymore purchased property along Putnam Avenue in 1978 when it was a place of prostitution and drugs. He owned a number of shops including Collymore Laundry, a 99-cent store, and a coffee shop. The area is now being developed and changing positively. He was the founder of the Putnam Avenue Community Service Inc., which supplied free employment referrals for the youth and elderly, promoted computer training, and provided transportation for elderly and cancer-stricken children to attend special events. He was the first volunteer to assist the 88th Precinct in organizing a small community patrol, and gave out food to needy families. (Cumbo)

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