NYC Honorary Street Names


Elizabeth Jennings Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Park Row
Location:Between Beekman and Spruce Streets
Honoree: A century before Rosa Parks, Elizabeth Jennings (1827-1901) refused to leave a public streetcar because of the color of her skin. She was physically forced from the streetcar and sued the company, driver and conductor. Represented by future president Chester A. Arthur, she won her suit, paving the way for African Americans to freely ride NYC public transit. Ms. Jennings later founded New York's first kindergarten for African-American children.
Peter Jennings Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 66th Street
Location:Between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
Honoree: Peter Jennings (b. 1938) was the chief anchor of ABC-TV's World News Tonight from 1983 until shortly before his death in 2005. Jennings also anchored the ABC evening news from 1965-67, which at the time made him the youngest network anchor in TV history.

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