NYC Honorary Street Names
Andrew Robinson Place (Bronx)
Present name:Clay Avenue
Location:East 169th Street and East 170th Street
Honoree: Andrew Robinson (1916-2000) was a longtime member and chairman of Community Board 4. He led campaigns for community beautification, improved sanitation, and public safety, and became known as “the Mayor of Claremont.”
Bishop William J. Robinson Place (Bronx)
Present name:Washington Avenue
Location:Between East 176th Street and East Tremont Avenue
Honoree: Bishop William J. Robinson (1933-2004) founded the Garden of Prayer Cathedral and served as its pastor for forty-two years. He also served as president of the Bronx Shepard Restoration Corporation, a very successful housing development and advocacy organization.
D’Aja Naquai Robinson Way (Queens)
Present name:Sutphin Boulevard
Location:Between 125th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard
Honoree: D’Aja Naquai Robinson (1998-2013) was killed by a stray bullet while riding a Q6 bus on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. She was just 14 and the unintended victim of a gang dispute. Her death was the impetus for the launch of the city’s Gun Violence Crisis Management System (also known as “CMS”) the following year. CMS concentrates its resources on 17 police precincts where 51% of shootings occur, citywide. Since 2014, nearly $20 million dollars has been provided to CMS and its Cure Violence partners. They are credited with reducing the rate of shootings in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. In the South Jamaica area overseen by Cure Violence organization LIFE Camp Inc., more than 500 consecutive days have elapsed without a single shooting. The lives saved can be attributed to the public outrage at the untimely death of D’Aja Naquai Robinson. (Wills)
Jackie Robinson Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:MacDonough Street
Location:Between Patchen Avenue and Ralph Avenue
Honoree: Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and advanced the cause of professional African-American athletes. In 1955, he helped the Dodgers reach the pinnacle of Major League Baseball by winning the World Series. He retired in 1957 with a career batting average of .311 and in 1962, he became the first African-American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1972, the Dodgers retired his uniform number of 42. In 1964, he helped establish the African-American owned Freedom Bank and he also served on the board of the NAACP until 1967. (Mealy and Cornegy)
Rev. Dr. James H. Robinson Avenue (Manhattan)
Location:the intersection of 122nd Street and Morningside Avenue
Honoree: James H. Robinson (1907-1972) founded the Church of the Master in 1938 in a building that had been erected in 1894 as Morningside Presbyterian Church. He served as its pastor until 1961. In 1958, he established Operation Crossroads Africa, considered a forerunner of the Peace Corps.
Sugar Ray Robinson Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard
Location:Between 123rd Street and 124th Street
Honoree: Sugar Ray Robinson (1921-1989) was born in Georgia and moved to New York as a teenager. It was in a Harlem gym that he was first introduced to boxing. He won the New York Golden Gloves championship in 1940 and at the age of 19 turned pro and became the world welterweight champion in 1946.
Yoseph Robinson Avenue (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Avenue J and Nostrand Avenue
Honoree: While at work one night in 2010 at MB Vineyards in Midwood, Yoseph Robinson, 34, was chatting with his girlfriend and cousin when a masked gunman entered the store and demanded the woman’s jewelry and the money in the register. Mr. Robinson lunged across the counter to grab the gun and told his girlfriend and cousin to run. He was shot three times in the ensuing struggle and died of his wounds..
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