NYC Honorary Street Names


Barbara Simmons Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Lefferts Avenue and Kingston Avenue
Honoree: Barbara Simmons (1952-2016) was an active member of the Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) under the Department of Education and was also an active member of NYC Community for Change. She fought for education reform and traveled to Albany many times to lobby for money for schools and better housing for the poor. (Eugene)
Jahi Williams-Simmons Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:Intersections of Newbold Avenue with Virginia Avenue and with the Cross Bronx Expressway Service Road
Honoree: Jahi Williams-Simmons (1952-2013) was the co-founder and chair of Survival Instinct-The Network, Inc. (SITNET), a not-for-profit organization that promotes cancer awareness, early detection and screening. He introduced “Our Personal Care,” which provided those in need with transportation to and from cancer screening appointments. He was responsible for the first organized annual cancer walk in the Bronx and was instrumental in the inaugural children’s cancer walk. He also founded A.L.I.A., where he gave guitar lessons and taught youth about the arts (Palma)
Rev. Dr. Jasper Simmons Place (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 155th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree:  Rev. Dr. Jasper Simmons (1922-2015) was the longest serving Pastor in the tri-state area. He was ordained in May 1953 and began his ministry by founding File Chapel Baptist Church on East 124th Street. As it grew, it relocated to 505 West 155th Street. He opened a Head Start Program and instituted Thanksgiving Day dinner, which has served the community for over 24 years, a weekly soup kitchen, started in 1995 and serves over 100 people every Thursday and gave many in the area employment. He was a member of the Baptist Ministers? Conference of Greater New York and Vicinity for 55 years, president of the C.H.A.N.C.E organization for 7 years and Community and Senior Chaplain for the NYS Department of Corrections Prison Ministry. .(Levine)
LL:L.L. 2016/23

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