NYC Honorary Street Names

Smith, J. L.

Bishop John L. Smith Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Pitkin Avenue and Hendrix Street
Honoree: Bishop John L. Smith (1934-2017) served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He then worked for the Long Island Railroad, where he was one of the first African-American men to be promoted to Gang Foreman, and retired in 1988. He was the founding Pastor and Prelate of Saint Paul Tabernacle Church, City of Ministries, at 2239 Pitkin Avenue, a fixture in the East New York community for over 50 years. He was consecrated to Bishop and established a number of churches throughout the city and along the east coast serving hundreds of residents. Saint Paul Tabernacle Church operates a food pantry and offers services and programs throughout the year. It hosts annual Thanksgiving brunch and Summer Neighborhood Outreach which provides medical screenings and other social services. (Espinal, Jr.)

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