NYC Honorary Street Names
Armando Perez Place (Manhattan)
Present name:East 9th Street
Location:Between Avenues B and C
Honoree: Armando Perez (1948-1999) was the co-founder, with Carlos Garcia, of the Real Great Society, a gang outreach and community empowerment organization. It organized over 30,000 youths around the country to stop fighting and to work on addressing the needs of their communities..
Joe Perez Way (Bronx)
Present name:Cypress Avenue
Location:Between 138th Street and 139th Street
Honoree: Joe Perez (1950-2012) was a campaigner for clean air and co-founded The South Bronx Clean Air Coalition, Inc.
Ricardo A. Perez Place (Manhattan)
Present name:West 136th Street
Location:Between Broadway and Hamilton Place
Honoree: Ricardo A. Perez (1954-2007) was an entrepreneur in Washington Heights, owning pharmacies, a medical clinic and over 30 money transfer locations. He served on the Community Board for over 30 years and was a supporter of numerous civic and charitable organizations.
Richie Perez Way (Bronx)
Location:At the northeast corner of East 172nd Street and Boynton Avenue continuing west to East 172nd Street and Ward Avenue and ending at the northwest corner of East 172nd Street and Manor Avenue
Honoree: Richard Perez, born and raised in the South Bronx, taught at James Monroe High School in the late 1960s. Soon after, he began calling for community control of schools, and in 1969 joined the Young Lords, becoming its deputy minister of information and also editing its weekly newspaper, Palante. In the early 1980s, he helped found the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights and became its national coordinator. As director of community development at the Community Service Society, he organized campaigns against racially motivated violence and for voter registration. He also organized demonstrations calling for prosecutions in police brutality cases, including the case of Anthony Baez, a Bronx man who died after being put in a choke hold by a city police officer in 1994. He was an outspoken critic of racial profiling by the NYPD and was a lead plaintiff in a 1999 lawsuit aimed at abolishing stop-and-frisk searches by the NYPD Street Crime Unit. He helped found People's Justice 2000, a coalition of groups that demonstrated for the prosecution of officers after the precinct assault on Abner Louima and the shooting death of Amadou Diallo. Mr. Perez died in 2004 at the age of 59. (Mendez and Palma)
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