NYC Honorary Street Names


Charlie Parker Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Avenue B
Location:Between 7th and 10th Streets.
Honoree: Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr. (1920-1955) was one of the leading jazz musicians of the 20th Century. A saxaphonist, he was famed as the founder of bebop music. Early in his career h acquired the nickname "Yardbird," often shortened to "Bird," He lived at 151 Avenue B during the height of his career in the 1950s.
Detectives R. Parker and P. Rafferty Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Snyder Avenue
Location:Between Utica Avenue and Nostrand Avenue
Honoree: Detective Robert Parker was a 22-year veteran of the NYPD. Detective Patrick Rafferty was a 16-year veteran. Each was responsible for approximately 400 arrests. Both were shot and killed on September 10, 2004 when they attempted to confront a suspect in a domestic violence dispute.
The Reverend Doctor Joe Louis Parker Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Broadway
Location:Between Cooper Street and Marion Street
Honoree: Reverend Doctor Joe Louis Parker (1940-2007) began serving at Wayside Baptist Church in 1960 under the leadership of Reverend Theodis Hutcherson. In 1972, he became a licensed minister and was installed as the second pastor of Wayside Baptist Church. He led efforts to combat social injustice and substance abuse.

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