NYC Honorary Street Names


Mattie Harris Place (Bronx)
Present name:Tilden Street
Location:Between Bronxwood Avenue and East Gun Hill Road
Honoree: Mattie Harris (1923-2003), a lay practical nurse, was a community leader in the Northeast Bronx for more than 35 years. She was active in the Tilden Street Block Association, the Williamsburg Mobile Patrol of the Northeast Bronx (President), the 47th Precinct Council (Past Second Vice President), the Northeast Bronx Democratic Club, and the Abyssinian Baptist Church.
Melvin Harris Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 222nd Street and 97th Avenue
Honoree: As a youth, Melvin Harris (d. 2015) started a group to steer his peers away from the drug gangs in southeast Queens.. In his adult years he helped unite clergy and civic leaders in the group “Concerned Citizens Against Drugs.” He also organized “People United Against Brutality” which opposed indiscriminate police stop-and-search tactics, and was active in the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP. In 1987, he joined Local 1056 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, representing public bus drivers in Queens. He became the local’s Political Director and the Union Representative for the Queens Depot. As such he participated in civic meetings on improving public transportation in southeast Queens. He also had had a significant role in preparing a union contract that had national implications because of its trail-blazing benefits. He later moved to Nassau County where he was appointed to the Human Rights Commission. (Miller)

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