NYC Honorary Street Names


Charlie Santiago Drive (Brooklyn)
Present name:Milford Street
Location:Dumont Avenue and Hegeman Avenue
Honoree: Charlie Santiago (1997-2005) was well known by the residents in the neighborhood for his angelic smile and how respectful he was to everyone. He was the president of his 2nd grade class and had a bright future ahead of him. Sadly, he was killed by a speeding car while crossing the street to meet his mother at an ice cream truck.
Pastor Debbe Santiago Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of West 16th Street and Mermaid Avenue
Honoree: Pastor Debbe Santiago (1949-2016) founded Coney’s Salt and Sea Mission over 30 years ago. She was a former homeless drug addict who was in and out of jail before the Bible turned her life around. She and her husband began a street ministry with nothing more than a shopping cart and a desire to help people escape poverty and addictions. Later, they opened their apartment for meals, Bible study and shelter, and in 1989, opened their first Salt and the Sea Mission building. Here she developed a men’s residential program, youth and after school programs, and an overnight sleeping program. She was ordained a minister in 1998 and began a program for domestic violence survivors and conducted weekly religious services, and classes for children and adults. Every Palm Sunday for the past 30 years, she officiated at the Blessing of the Rides at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park on Coney’s Opening Day. (Treyger)

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