NYC Honorary Street Names


Rafael A. Estevez Way (Manhattan)
Present name:183rd Street
Location:Between Wadsworth Avenue and Audubon Avenue
Honoree: Rafael A. Estevez (1939-2012), a construction worker, co-founded Corazones Unidos, which maintains one of the best heart surgery hospitals in the Dominican Republic. After migrating to the U.S. in the late 1970s, Estevez co-founded the Dominican Children’s Aid Committee; was a founder of the Corazones Unidos in New York, and chaired the Dominican Parade Organizing Committee. He became the president of the parade in 1989 and was instrumental in moving it from Washington Heights to the Avenue of the Americas. He helped organize the P.S. 132 Parents' Association and later served as its president. He was also responsible for the renaming of the school for Juan Pablo Duarte, a founding father of the Dominican Republic. (Rodriguez)

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