NYC Honorary Street Names


Leslie Lewis Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Wyckoff Street
Location:Between Bond Street and Nevins Street
Honoree: Leslie Lewis (1927-2016), a World War II veteran and former owner of an exhibit construction firm, moved to Brooklyn in the 1980s. Concerned about public safety in his neighborhood, he volunteered with the 84th Precinct Community Council and in 1993 became its president and a public safety liaison for Brooklyn Borough Hall. He was also responsible for the concept of ‘Job Power,’ which he developed as a way to bring together employers and minorities living in urban areas. This plan was pitched to the Department of Labor and he received thanks from President Nixon for his ideas. This concept evolved into the modern-day job fair, a now commonly used method to bring job seekers and employers together. (Levin)
Police Officer Edmund F. Lewis Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Amber Street and Clarke Avenue
Honoree: Edmund F. Lewis was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 29. He was a Police Officer for almost 9 years and volunteered at Ground Zero for many weeks after the attacks.
rue Barry Lewis Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the southeast corner of Lefferts Boulevard and Talbot Street
Honoree: This somewhat redundant co-name honors Barry Lewis (1945-2021) was best known as the quintessential New York City historical and architectural walking tour guide. With David Hartman, he co-hosted the TV special, “A Walk Down 42nd Street,” which aired on the New York PBS station WNET in 1998. The special bloomed into a series that was shown on PBS stations throughout the country. Lewis had a deep expertise in European and American architectural history from the 18th to 20th centuries. Information, stories, and passion for his subject matter flowed out of him as he walked the streets of New York. In addition to lecturing at institutions like the New-York Historical Society, he taught Modern Architecture & Design at the New York School of Interior Design for 25 years. His courses were wildly popular, and he won NYSID’s William Breger Faculty Achievement Award for extraordinary teaching in 2001. He was also recognized by the Landmarks Preservation Society and the American Institute of Architects. (Koslowitz)

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