NYC Honorary Street Names


Lowery Street (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Queens Boulevard and 40th Street
Honoree: This reflects the historic name of 40th Street in Sunnyside, prior to the adoption of numerical street designations in the early 20th Century.
Robert Lowery Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Riverside Drive
Location:Between 155th Street and 158th Street
Honoree: Robert Lowery (1916-2001) was New York's first African American fire commissioner and the first commissioner appointed by Mayor John V. Lindsay after his election in 1965. He served at a time when there was a rise in arson-related fires throughout minority neighborhoods. His appointment demonstrated the immense strides towards racial equality the city has taken. When he first joined as a firefighter in 1941, blacks were prohibited from using kitchen utensils and slept in separate areas of the department. He is known for his dedication to and efforts towards the improvement of race relations. He remained active in civil rights causes even after retirement. (Levine)

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