NYC Honorary Street Names


Giselle McGee Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Carroll Street
Location:Between Court Street and Smith Street
Honoree: Giselle McGee (1955-2017) pioneered French-English language programs in NYC schools. Early in her career, she taught at schools in Staten Island and Chinatown, and was a staff developer for seven years at P.S. 94 in Sunset Park and P.S. 15 in Red Hook. She became assistant principal at P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill in 2004, and in 2006 was appointed principal of P.S. 58, The Carroll School, in Carroll Gardens. She was one of only three forerunners in the NYDOE to introduce a French-English Dual Language Program, and grew the school from 330 to 975 students. She was made a Knight of the Order of Academic Palms in 2009 by French Ambassador Pierre Vimont for her work with the French-English Duel Language Program, and also received the Label FrancEducation, a prestigious award, given by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a formal recognition and accreditation of schools providing a French bilingual program. At the time, only eight schools worldwide had received the award, including two in New York. She was also selected for The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals. It is is the only program in the U.S. that recognizes and supports exemplary public school principals by providing them with a yearlong fellowship for study at Teachers College, Columbia University. (Lander)
Judge Hansel L. McGee Place (Bronx)
Present name:East 165th Street
Location:Between Boston Road and Forest Avenue
Honoree: Hansel L. McGee (1926-2002) was an attorney, Director for Bronx Legal Services, a Bronx Civil Court judge, and a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx. After his retirement, he served as Board Chairman of the Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Center, the Morrisania Revitalization Corporation, the African-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and was active in numerous other social, charitable and educational organizations. He was instrumental in creating the Harriet Tubman Charter School in 2001, the first charter school approved by NYS Board of Regents.(Gibson)

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