NYC Honorary Street Names


Hy Genee Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Broome Street
Location:Between Allen Street and Eldridge Street
Honoree: Hy Genee (1922-2006) was the president and spiritual leader of Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue, which is the only Greek Jewish Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. He was born on Orchard Street, and lived his entire life on the Lower East Side. He single-handedly kept Kehila Kedosha Janina, located at 280 Broome Street, alive for over fifty years and saw the synagogue/museum become a historic landmark. This area was the epicenter of Romaniote immigration at the turn of the 20th Century. Hundreds of Greek Jewish families once lived in the tenements on this block, which contributed to the establishment of the current synagogue building in 1927. (Borelli)

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