NYC Honorary Street Names


John L. Nelson Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Columbus Avenue and West 91st Street
Honoree: John Nelson (1947-2015) managed school safety at PS 84, the Lillian Weber School for the Arts, for 34 years. For two years after his retirement, he continued to volunteer at the school where he was a father figure to many children. When not at school, he could be found at Sol Bloom Playground teaching sportsmanship and skills. Basketball and football were his passions. He spent countless hours teaching young athletes techniques only using their bodies but also their intellects. During the 1970s and ‘80s, when the city’s parks and recreational facilities were overrun with drug dealers and addicts, he watched over his young students and provided them with support. He made a lasting impact on all the students he worked with, one that carried far beyond the playing field. (Rosenthal)
Sheila Nelson Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of East 21st Street and Emmons Avenue
Honoree: Sheila Nelson (1945-2008) was a community activist and educator for over 34 years. She was a special education teacher, a Dean at Boody Junior High School, a Teacher Trainer, headed the Gifted Program in District 21, and was Coordinator of the Sigma Program and the Director of the Family College at Kingsborough Community College.

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