NYC Honorary Street Names


John Cortese Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:7th Avenue
Location:Between 7th Street and 8th Street
Honoree: John Cortese (d. 2014), a Korean War veteran, he ran J.J. Cortese Fancy Fruit and Vegetable Market until he retired in 1998. He served as the president of the 7th Avenue Merchants Association and was instrumental in its founding in the 1980s. He was also well known for his leadership of the Park Slope Baseball League for 53 years. He was the annual organizer of the Little League Parade marking the opening of the Little League season in Prospect Park. Mayor Koch honored him as the Commissioner of Prospect Park Baseball and a baseball field in the park was named in his honor. He served as president of both the 72nd Police Precinct Community Council and Sing Out Brooklyn. (Lander)

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