NYC Honorary Street Names


Edward Joseph Martinez Way (Queens)
Present name:Cornish Avenue
Location:Between Broadway and Poyer Street
Honoree: Edward Joseph Martinez(b. 1941), an employee of Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Police Officer Louis Martinez Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:57th Street
Location:Between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue
Honoree: Louis Martinez (d. 2006) worked for Highway 2 on the Belt Parkway for 18 years and was a martial arts instructor in his community. He tragically drowned in Lake Meade while on vacation with several friends and family members.
Rev. Wenceslao Martinez Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Williams Avenue and Hinsdale Street
Honoree:  Wenceslao Martinez (1930-2011) worked at Dollcraft Company where he designed stuffed animals. He later started a business with his own creations of stuffed animals and employed hundreds of people in his community. After becoming a property owner he provided food and shelter for hundreds of homeless people in need and became a mentor to many people in his community. He was ordained as a pastor in 1973 and was affiliated with one of the first and largest Hispanic churches in East New York called the Roca De Salvacion for 45 years. In 2002, he established the pantry program at Las Maravillas del Exodo church. The food pantry continues to feed the hungry today. (Barron)

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