NYC Honorary Street Names


Bishop Wenzell P. Jackson Place (Bronx)
Present name:Nelson Avenue
Location:Between West 167th Street and West 168th Street
Honoree: Wenzell P. Jackson was pastor of the Mount Hermon Baptist Church and a civic leader in the Highbridge area until his death in 2013 at age 47. He was chair of Community Board 4; vice chair of the 44th Precinct Clergy Coalition; and chair and founder of the Highbridge Clergy Coalition. As chair of the CB 4 Parks Committee, he oversaw the program to replace park facilities displaced by construction of the new Yankee Stadium. He also organized CB4ís Community That Cares Campaign, a quality of life initiative that involved obtaining a new Middle School for Highbridge; protests against the concentration of homeless shelters in the district; a Stop the Violence Initiative; and a Gun Buy Back program. (Greenfield).
Gregory "Jocko" Jackson Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:Linden Boulevard
Location:Between Mother Gaston Boulevard and Powell Street
Honoree: Gregory Jackson (1951-2012), a former player with the New York Knicks, was director of the Brownville Recreation Center and an organizer of the annual Brownsville Oldtimers Week.
Kenneth S. Jackson, Jr. Blvd. (Brooklyn)
Present name:Autumn Avenue
Location:Between Pitkin Avenue and Sutter Avenue
Honoree: Kenneth Jackson Jr. (1983-2007) was very active in his church and community. He served as a mentor to neighborhood youth in East New York and worked as a Senior Counselor at the Police Athletic League..
Leroy Jackson Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 135th Avenue and 228th Street
Honoree: Leroy Jackson was a community activist and Co-President of the 228th Street Block Association. He was a caretaker and landscaper of the five-block-long center isles along 228th Street from 134th Avenue to 137th Avenue in Laurelton. He used his own personal funds to purchase "Please Curb Your Dog" signs for the center isles, and was active in the removal of unsightly clothing bins that defaced the community, which made the sidewalks safer for pedestrians. A certified Tai Chi instructor, he organized a community health and exercise program at the Robert Couche Senior Center. He conducted this program for over 15 years and it program continues today. He was also a coach for the Rochdale Little League for 10 years, the longest period in the league's history, and also worked with the Community Computers Program where he set up computers and taught basic computer skills for those who did not own computers. Leroy Jackson received several awards for his service to the Laurelton and Jamaica communities. Among others, he received the NYPD Model Block Award for Community Service from then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. (Richards)
Vincent Jackson Way (Bronx)
Present name:Clinton Avenue
Location:Between East 181st Street and East 182nd Street
Honoree: Vincent Jackson was a sergeant in the NYC Health and Hospital Corporation hospital police when he retired in 1992. He went on to become an advocate for housing and social programs that would improve the lives of members of his community.

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