NYC Honorary Street Names


Louis Powsner Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of West 17th Street and Surf Avenue
Honoree: Louis Powsner (1920-2014) grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. After serving in a bomber squadron in World War II, he earned his Bachelorís Degree at Long Island University and joined the family retail clothing business in Coney Island. Despite difficult times, including periods of crime and competition from suburban malls, he remained until his retirement in 1994. Powsner served on Community Board 13, the Bensonhurst West End Community Council, the District 21 School Board and was president of the Coney Island Board of Trade and the Joint Council of Kings Board of Trade. He took a firsthand approach to public safety, including assisting in 79 arrests over 71 years. He ran for political office and assisted on numerous campaigns on the local, city and state levels. He was a staunch advocate for small businesses, public safety, housing and other issues impacting the local quality of life. (Tryger)

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