NYC Honorary Street Names


Zanu G. Simpson Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of 99th Avenue and Hollis Avenue
Honoree: Zanu Simpson (1985-2017) or Z Da Great as he was known by friends, family, and clients, was more than a barber. He was a leader among his peers and in his community. The son of Jamaican immigrants, as a young man he played sports and attended I.S 192 and Bayside High School. He was All-City football quarterback and starting point guard for the Bayside basketball team. He traded his football for clippers and went into business with older brother. When he wasn’t cutting hair, he mentored younger Rifles players and Campus Magnet football players. On his days off, he would make house calls to a young man with autism just to cut his hair and make him smile. When his beloved Rifles would host carwash fundraisers, he showed up to donate even when his car did not need a wash. He held annual Back to School Picnics in which he provided a day of free food, games, and a $200 backpack give away filled with school supplies. On holidays he gave free haircuts to the homeless and, if a single mother could not afford her son's haircut, would offer a free haircut. (Miller)

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