NYC Honorary Street Names


Dorothy Skinner Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of 140th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: Dorothy Skinner (1926-2012) was a community leader devoted to making Harlem safer, more stable, economically sound, well-educated and politically strong. In the 1970s and 1980ís, she was active with the NYPD, particularly in the war on drugs. She would coordinate many activities with the Police Athletic League and, as President of her Block Association, was responsible for organizing many events such as block parties, jazz mobiles, and Halloween parties. She was also on the Board of Directors of West Harlem Group Assistance, serving as President for over 20 years. This organization dedicated itself to rebuilding the West and Central Harlem Community. She spent a few years working for the NYC Department of Education and served as Deaconess of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church before retiring. (Levine)

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