NYC Honorary Street Names


Det. Joseph A. Picciano Way (Queens)
Present name:62nd Street
Location:Between 53rd Drive and 53rd Avenue
Honoree:  Detective Picciano, a 10-year veteran of the NYPD, was assigned to the 41st Detective Squad in the Bronx. On February 15, 1971, he was shot and killed at the 41st Precinct building while fingerprinting a suspect that he and other detectives had arrested for abducting a 13-year-old boy. As he was being fingerprinted, the suspect began to struggle with Detective Picciano and his service revolver fell to the ground. The suspect was able to gain control of the weapon and fired two shots, killing Detective Picciano. Other members of the Detective Squad were able to return fire, killing the suspect. Det. Picciano resided in Maspeth, Queens, with his wife Theresa and their three children. (Crowley)

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