NYC Honorary Street Names
Betty Davis Street (Queens)
Present name:221st Street
Location:Between 115th Road and 115th Avenue
Honoree: Betty Myrl Victoria Davis (1938-?) was born in Jamaica and immigrated to the U.S. in 1983. In September 1990 she became School Crossing Guard with the New York City Police Department. Her last assigned post was Sacred Heart School.
Clinton Davis, Sr. Road (Queens)
Present name:College Point Boulevard
Location:Between Roosevelt Avenue and 40th Road
Honoree: Clinton Davis, Sr. (b. 1962) a Port Authority Police Officer at the World Trade Center, was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. Blvd. (Queens)
Location:At the southwest corner of Tuskegee Airmen Way and 154th Street
Honoree: Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr.(1912-2002) was the first African-American general officer in the United States Air Force and on December 9, 1998, was advanced to four-star general by President Bill Clinton. He was one of the first five graduates to get wings at Tuskegee Army Air Field in March 1942 and was assigned to the newly activated 99th Fighter Squadron. By August of that year, he became squadron commander. The group flew m any combat missions under his command. He returned to the United States in September 1943 to assume command of the 332nd Fighter Group (Wills) [This is one of 18 namings along Tuskegee Airmen Way honoring outstanding units and individuals in African-American military history.]
James E. Davis Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Nostrand Avenue
Location:Between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway
Honoree: New York City Councilman James E. Davis (1962-2003), a former Corrections Officer and Police Officer, was dedicated to stopping violence. Prior to elected office, he campaigned to persuade Toys R Us to stop selling realistic looking toy guns and founded an organization called “Love Yourself, Stop the Violence.” On July 23, 2003, during a Council meeting at City Hall, he was murdered by a political opponent who suddenly and inexplicably opened fire.
Leon Davis Street (Manhattan)
Present name:West 43rd Street
Location:…Eighth Avenue to Ninth Avenue
Honoree: Leon Davis (1905-1992) founded Local 1199 of the Drug, Hospital and Health Care Employees Union in 1932 and served as its president for 50 years. Under his leadership it grew to become the largest health care workers unions in the U.S., with over 150.000 members in 20 states. Its headquarters are on West 43rd Street.
Miles Davis Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the northwest corner of West 77th Street and West End Avenue
Honoree: Miles Dewey Davis III was one of the most innovative and influential jazz musician-composers of the 20th century. He was one of the first African-Americans to own a townhouse on the Upper West Side where he composed, collaborated and rehearsed at 312 West 77th Street for 25 years. (Brewer)
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