NYC Honorary Street Names


Bobby Smith Court (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Forest Avenue
Honoree: Bobby Smith (d. 2008) was called the Mayor of Forest Avenue. After serving in Vietnam , he taught physical education at Sacred Heart School in West Brighton. He volunteered and donated food for the runners and volunteers at NYC Marathon start at Fort Wadsworth every year. Every also organized, at his own expense, trips to Yankee Stadium for Staten Island youth who could not afford tickets to the games.
Captain Wayne E Smith Place (Queens)
Present name:Grand Ave
Location:Bounded by Queens Blvd and Van Loon St
Honoree: Captain Smith (1957-1994), a Queens native, joined the NYFD in 1979. He was promoted to Captain in 1993 and in 1994 was transferred to Ladder Company 136 in Queens. On August 7, 1994 he sustained internal injuries and burns while fighting a two-alarm fire. He died 59 days later.
Dylan Smith Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue
Honoree: Dylan Smith was a Queens lifeguard who, during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, used his surfboard to save six people. He rescued the six people by using a homemade rope bridge and his surfboard to get the people away from fires spreading across the Rockaway Peninsula. He was selected as People Magazineís Heroes of 2012. He drowned in a surfing accident in Puerto Rico on December 23, 2012. (Ulrich)
Firefighter Leon W. Smith, Jr. Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Hancock Street
Location:Between Ralph and Patchen Avenues
Honoree: Leon W. Smith, Jr. (b. 1953) was killed on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Firefighter Roy E. Smith Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of Forest Avenue and Broadway
Honoree: Roy E. Smith grew up in Staten Island. He joined the United States Air Force at 17 and quickly rose through the ranks. He became the youngest staff sergeant in the USAF when he was promoted to that rank. He served in Vietnam and, upon his return home, he joined the FDNY, serving at Engine 16, Ladder 7 in Manhattan and Engine 156 in Staten Island. He was a responder during the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. He died in 2017, at age 67, as a result of 9/11 related illness. (Rose) \
Herbert Ellis Smith ďSmittyĒ Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Nevada Avenue
Honoree: Herbert Ellis Smith, a decorated naval veteran of the Vietnam War, began working for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in 1973. Over his 37-years career, he managed more than 85 New York City Parks and supervised over 800 employees. He was a first responder at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and joined the recovery effort as a heavy equipment operator. He was also a volunteer and supporter of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and several other charities. (Oddo)
J.W. Smith Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location: Southeast corner of Mickle Avenue and Givan Avenue
Honoree: John Smith (1948-2017) joined Grace Baptist Church in 1995, and served in many positions of responsibility. In March 2005 he was ordained into the Grace Deaconsí Ministry and served multiple terms as President of the Menís Ministry. He was a charter member of the Menís Choir and the Peace Keepers; a member of the Laymenís Unified Missionary Baptist Association; as well as an active member of the Usherís Ministry, the Veteranís Ministry, and President of the Transportation Ministry. In this position, he coordinated transportation for disabled and elderly members, and served as a driver and youth advisor during the Youthís Midnight Run, driver for the Annual Sunday School Retreat, as well as the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention. For several years, he recruited members for the Annual Toy Drive, and was Spiritual Advisor for the Station of Hope (Prison) Ministry. He served on the boards of the Ujamaa Community Development Corporation; two foundations; and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a group of volunteers trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response. He was also active in the 47th Precinct Community Council. (King)
James "Jim" Smith Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Lawrence Avenue and Morrison Avenue
Honoree:  James Smith (d. 2020) was a dedicated community advocate and former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He served in the United States Coast Guard and later founded the Pride Center of Staten Island. He served as president of the Vietnam Memorial committee and was instrumental in the subsequent construction of the memorial at The Armory in West Brighton. He was partly responsible for bringing Gen. William C. Westmoreland, former commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam, to Staten Island to be was keynote speaker for the opening ceremony in 1988. Jim Smith was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and founded the Miss Hibernian Pageant in 1979. He was also a co-founder of the Miss Staten Island Pageant. A firm supporter of the ideals adhered to by the Miss America Organization, he eventually assumed the role of local executive director. He would go on to judge a number of pageants throughout the country including. most recently, the Ms. Senior America Pageant. (Rose)
Loretta Ruddock Smith Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of West 174th Street and Davidson Avenue
Honoree: Loretta Ruddock Smith was a community leader in Morris Heights, active on issues including housing, education, youth services, and public safety. She was a member of Bronx School Board Nine and board member of the Mt. Hope Housing Company, Inc. She supported Bronx Community Board Five and the 46th Precinct Community Council. As a member of the Charity Baptist Church of Christ in the Bronx for 42 years, she served in various leadershp roles including as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. (Cabrera)
LL:L.L. 2016/23
Msgr. William Smith Way (Bronx)
Present name:Beck Street
Location:Between Intervale Avenue and Tiffany Street
Honoree: Msgr. William Smith (d. 2008) was assigned to St. John Chrysostom Church. While at St. Johnís, he co-founded the Mid Bronx Desperadoes (MBD), a coalition of volunteers who were determined to save their community from its overwhelming incidence of arson, disinvestment and abandonment. As of 2017, MBD has successfully constructed and renovated over 2,300 units of housing. It also developed the New Horizons Retail Center, which has created over 200 jobs. Msgr. Smith was transferred to St. Athanasius Church in the mid 1980s. There he co-founded the St. Vincent de Paul Nursing Home in 1992. After it opened, he played a major role in the everyday operation of the nursing home, including holding Mass for seniors twice per week and making visits all hours of the day. (Salamanca)
P.O Moira Smith Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:74th Street
Location:Between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
Honoree: Police Officer Moira Smith (b. 1963) was killed during rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
LL:2002/ 28
Rosemary Ann Smith Place (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Victory Boulevard and Wild Avenue
Honoree: Rosemary Ann Smith (b. 1940) worked at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Social Activist Charles K. Smith Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Broadway and Castleton Avenue
Honoree: Charles K. Smith (1911?-1989) served as the assistant director of the Police Athletic League's Rasmussen Center and as assistant director of the PS 18 Community Center. He was also Boy Scout Master of Troop 33; a Deacon at St. Philips Baptist Church; and an assistant to Borough President Ralph Lamberti. Smith organized and coached several baseball teams for youths and was the administrator of the NYC Anti-Poverty Program. There is a Charles K. Smith Scholarship Fund at St. Philips, which provides financial aid for high school graduates entering an accredited college or university. (Rose)

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