NYC Honorary Street Names


John G. Scarangella Park (Brooklyn)
Present name:None (commonly known as Shady Park)
Location:Area …between Avenue U and Avenue V and West 13th Street and Stillwell Avenue
Honoree: John Scarangella graduated from Lafayette HS and, as a youngster, often played in this park. He was a 12-year veteran of the NYPD when, on April 16, 1981, he and his partner spotted and pursued a van matching one seen in connection with several burglaries. It stopped. The two occupants jumped out of the van and shot the police officers through the windshield of their patrol car before fleeing again in the van. P.O. Richard Rainey, though wounded, was able to radio for help. P.O. Scarangelle, severely injured, died of his wounds on May 1, 1981. The killers were later caught, tried and sentenced to 25-years-to-life for murder and attempted murder.
Officer John Scarangella Way (Queens)
Present name:Eastbound side of Baisley Boulevard
Location:Between 166th Street and 168th Street
Honoree: Officer John Scarangella was shot on May 1, 1981 when he and his partner stopped a van sought in connection with several burglaries. He died two weeks later. The suspects were later caught, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

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