NYC Honorary Street Names


Educator & Athlete Arnold Obey Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Jersey Street and Crescent Avenue
Honoree: Arnold Obey (d. 2020) was a long-time educator and a pillar in Staten Island’s sports community starting from when he starred on Wagner College’s basketball team in the mid-1960s. He grew up in the Bronx and helped lead DeWitt Clinton H.S. to a 38-1 record, two public school city championship games and one city title between his junior and senior years. He went on to a Hall of Fame career at Wagner, starting three years for the Seahawks and leading them to a 54-29 record during his tenure. He scored 1,018 career points on Grymes Hill. He became the boys’ varsity basketball coach at Staten Island Academy. He was a Drug Awareness Teacher during his tenure. He was an Assistant Principal at PS 16 in Tompkinsville in the mid-1980s and later became principal at PS 31 in New Brighton. He ran the night center at PS 18 in West Brighton for several years. The Brighton Kiwanis Club honored him by naming a race after him in 2017 when the club held the Arnold Obey/Armed Forces Day 5K Run. The fundraiser helped collect funds for Staten Island’s high school track & field teams. He was the recipient of numerous awards, specifically by Lifestyles for the Disabled of Staten Island for his leadership and dedication. He was also recognized by the Brown Bombers. (Rose)

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