NYC Honorary Street Names


Father John J. Murray Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Union Turnpike and Bell Boulevard
Honoree: Father Murray (1929-2007) was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest on May 29, 1965. He was an alcoholic who struggled with the disease for years and decided to seek help. He joined Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and later became a leader of the local chapter. Over the years, he helped thousands of others who struggled with the disease of alcoholism. He also joined the Bishop’s Committee on Alcoholism Counseling. He was very involved with youth activities and neighborhood betterment activities such as the Clean-Up of the Greenway. (Grodenchik)
FDNY Lt. John “Muzz” Murray Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Kingsley Avenue and Manor Road
Honoree: John Murray served with Ladder Co. 20 in Manhattan for 14 years before being promoted to lieutenant and assigned to Engine Co. 165 in New Dorp. He died after a 10-m0nth battle with cancer.
LL: 2009/92
Police Officer Brian Murray Way ()
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of Bleecker Street and Charles Street
Honoree: Officer Brian Murray was killed on September 11, 1976 when a terrorist bomb he was trying to deactivate exploded. Terrorists attempting to win Croatian independence had planted the bomb in a locker at Grand Central Terminal and then hijacked a TWA flight. Officers from the NYPD Bomb Squad removed the bomb from the locker and brought the bomb to the department range at Rodman's Neck in the Bronx. There Officer Murray, along with three other officers, attempted to defuse it. In the process the bomb exploded, killing Officer Murray and seriously injuring the other three officers. The five hijackers were arrested when they landed in Paris and were returned to the United States to face charges. All five were convicted of air piracy, and two were convicted of murder. (Johnson)

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