NYC Honorary Street Names


Hector Rivera Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Dyckman Street and Sherman Avenue
Honoree: Hector Jose Rivera (1957-2005) was born in Yamasa, Dominican Republic and developed an interest in literature and poetry at an early age. In 1975, he moved to New York City and attended Hostos Community College, receiving his associate's degree in Liberal Arts. He later transferred to City College of New York where he focused in Sociology. He founded poetry groups such as the Terpsicore and Nuevo Suerco that were voices for social change and on behalf of the oppressed. One of his known pieces is "Los emigrantes del siglo," that expresses the melancholy of those away from their native country. His poems such as: "Biografia del silencio", "Giros del tiempo", and "Poemas no communes para matar la muerte," connected to the grief of exile. The love for his country is what led him to write poems and stand up for those who did not have a voice. (Rodriguez)
Henry Rivera Place (Manhattan)
Present name:W 225th St
Location:Bounded by Adrian Ave and Jacobus Pl
Honoree: Henry Rivera (1951-1992) taught construction skills to special education students at the Manhattan School for Career Development. He and his students rehabilitated a rundown building in Harlem and turned the lot behind it into a community garden. On April 16, 1992, he was doing laundry at a laundromat when there was a robbery attempt and assault on the laundromat owner. Henry Rivera came to his aid and was fatally shot.
Julio Rivera Corner (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of 78th Street and 37th Avenue
Honoree: Julio Rivera born in 1961 in the Bronx, moved to Manhattan in 1980 and launched a modeling career. On July 2, 1990, he was the victim of a brutal attack in the schoolyard of P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights. In 1991, three individuals were arrested and convicted of his murder. RGPR)
Marlene Rivera Walk NYPD Police Officer (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northwest corner of Palmetto Street and Wilson Avenue
Honoree: Marlene Rivera (1982-2006) who lived on Palmetto Street all of her life, was a New York City Police Officer assigned to the 103rd Precinct in Queens. She was killed when the car in which she was a passenger crashed on September 22, 2006.
P.O. William Rivera Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:6th Avenue
Location:From Bergen Street to Dean Street
Honoree: Police Officer William Rivera served in the 78th Precinct for his entire career of over ten years working on assignments included patrol, street narcotics and anti-crime. During that time he made 260 arrests and received six citations for outstanding police work. He was killed in the line of duty on October 2, 2004..
Rivera Avenue (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 161st Street and River Avenue
Honoree: Mariano Rivera played for the New York Yankees from 1995 to 2013. A 13-time All-Star, he is also known for his philanthropy, donating more than $500,000 annually to underprivileged children in the United States and his home country of Panama. (Arroyo)
Sylvia Rivera Way (Manhattan)
Present name:none
Location:Northeast corner of the intersection of Hudson Street and Christopher Street
Honoree: Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002) was a long-time activist for gay and transgender rights. She has been credited with throwing the first bottle in the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969, which marked the beginning of the modern-day Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Movement. She worked the last six years of her life at Uplift Lighting, located near the corner of Christopher and Hudson Streets.

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