NYC Honorary Street Names


Firefighter Thomas R. Kelly Avenue (Queens)
Present name:99th Avenue
Location:Between 97th Street and 98th Street
Honoree: Firefighter Thomas R. Kelly (b. 1962) died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
Reverend Dr. James C. Kelly Sr. Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Baisley Boulevard and Smith Street
Honoree: James Clement Kelly Sr. (1928-2015) was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After serving as an infantryman in the Korean War, he became a clergyman. He was pastor of two churches in Richmand, Virginia, before relocating to Jamaica, New York, where he pastored the Calvary Baptist Church from 1977 to 1988. On September 11, 1988, he became the founder and pastor of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica, New York. The church is located at 122-05 Smith Street. He received numerous awards during his more than 50 years in the Gospel Ministry. He also served in numerous civic and religious capacities, including Vice President of the Richmond NAACP and Board Member of Jamaica Hospital. He held several high positions in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and other denominational bodies. (Miller)
Walter Kelly Jr. Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 132nd Avenue and Farmers Boulevard
Honoree: Walter Kelly Jr. was a jazz musician who began playing the trumpet in his high school band. He later played in a US Army Band during the Korean War, in which he earned the rank of Sergeant. After his service, he played in numerous New York City nightclubs and was among Harlem's great musicians during its ‘Jazz Heyday’ in the 1950s and 60s. He toured Japan three times with the Sil Austin Band and played the Ed Sullivan Show with the Ray Charles Band. He also toured the United States with his own band, the ‘Kelly All-Stars.’ He portrayed Louis Armstrong in a play about musicians that was given at numerous junior high schools throughout the City, and he toured the country with the hit Broadway play, ‘Sophisticated Ladies.’ (Richards)

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