NYC Honorary Street Names


Roberta (Bobbie) Jacobowitz Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of St. Mark?s Place and Hyatt Street
Honoree: Roberta Jacobowitz (d. 2014) was a former executive director of the Downtown Staten Island Council. From 1955 to 1976, she owned clothing stores on Staten Island and later worked as a real estate agent and in sales. In the 1980?s, she became the executive director of St. George/Tompkinsville Improvement Corp, later renamed the Downtown Staten Island Council. To improve the physical appearance of the area, she informed merchants about a city grant program to help store owners spruce up their storefronts. She organized volunteers to remove graffiti and clean streets, and worked with the Parks Department to beautify Tompkinsville Park. She also co-sponsored a program that brought high-speed Internet to office buildings in the area, and was a driving force behind the establishment of St. George's Greenmarket. (Rose)
LL:L.L. 2016/23
Ronald I Jacobowitz Place (Bronx)
Present name:Kossuth Ave
Location:Bounded by E 208th St and E Mosholu Pkwy N
Honoree: Mr. Jacobowitz (1959-1995?), a teacher, executive chef and policy consultant, was active in organizations advocating for gays and lesbians. He was a founder of the Gay Men of the Bronx Inc. and of Bronx Lesbians and Gay Men for Political Action. In addition, he was an organizer for the Committee for David Dinkins in 1993, and was an organizer and political consultant to organzations such as the Gay Men's Health Crisis and the NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.

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