NYC Honorary Street Names


Charles C. Pinn Triangle (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:The Lewis Avenue Triangle at Fulton Street and the Green Street space located at Fulton Street and Lewis Avenue
Honoree: Charles C. Pinn (d. 1995) was a youth organizer and a legislative assistant to Assemblyman Al Vann and NYC Council Member Annette Robinson. He was elected secretary of the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP and was active in organizations serving both youth and seniors.
Dr. Sam Pinn Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Fulton Street
Location:Between Grand Avenue and Cambridge Place
Honoree: Dr. Sam Pinn Jr. was an educator, social worker, civil rights activist and cultural leader. As Chairman of the Fort Greene Council Inc. , which he had helped found in 1973, its sponsorship of senior centers, grew from a single center in Fort Greene-Clinton Hills to 13 centers located throughout Brooklyn. The expansion also included a meals-on-wheels program, two child-care centers, COMPASS, and UPK for ALLs. In 1990, Dr. Pinn organized Jazz 966, which for a modest $15.00 donation gave Brooklynites an alternative to the expensive Jazz clubs in Manhattan. It featured artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter; Houston Person, Saxophonist; Etta Jones, Jazz Singer; and their own Danny Mixon, Pianist. For five years, he also hosted and produced a weekly radio show on WNYE, 91.5FM. He was Chairman of Independent Brooklyn CORE for 16 years and helped fight for social justice and political empowerment. As Chairman of Brooklyn's Community School Board No. 16, he helped initiate policies that dramatically improved the district's reading and math scores as well as attendance. Born in Virginia, Sam Pinn earned his Bachelor's degree in sociology from Morgan State University, a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers, and two Doctor of Law degrees: from Mary Holmes College and from Morgan State University. He was also a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) in the State of New York. He died on December 27, 2017 at the age of 82. (Cumbo)

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