NYC Honorary Street Names


Bill Thomas, Sr. Lane (Brooklyn)
Present name:14th Street
Location:Between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West
Honoree: William D. Thomas, Sr. (1933-2002) was a community leader in Park Slope, founded the 14th Street Block Association in 1972 and remained its president for the rest of his life. He was a founding member of a movement to preserve the 14th Infantry Regiment Armory. From 1984, he was a board member of the Seventh Avenue/Windsor Place Community Association and of Foodcare, Inc., made up of 68 community organizations, who operate soup kitchens and other charitable activities.
LL:2002/ 19
Edwin Thomas Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of East 49th Street and Fillmore Avenue
Honoree: Edwin Thomas (1962-2008) was a bus driver for the New York City Transit Authority. On December 8, 2008, while driving his bus on the B46 line in Brooklyn, he was stabbed to death by a passenger who did not pay his fare and then became enraged when Thomas refused to give him a transfer. The killer, Horace Moore, was subsequently caught and convicted of second degree murder. (Maisel)
Evelyn Thomas Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the southeast corner of West 132nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Honoree:  Evelyn Thomas, born to immigrant parents from St. Kitts, was raised in her family home at 227 W. 131st St. In the 1950s, she and her husband Herbert Thomas bought their own home at 252 W. 132nd St. Soon afterwards, her father and sister bought 254 W. 132nd St. In 1957 she founded the Central Harlem Association of Small Homeowners and Small Businessmen (CHASH SB) to unite local homeowners and small business owners in community betterment. It was the predecessor to the currently existing Neighborhoods United Association of West 132nd Street. In the 1950s, Evelyn and CHASH were able to prevent “slum clearance” projects that would have demolished of properties on W. 131st St. and W. 132nd St., which were owned predominantly by African-Americans and Caribbean immigrant families. Evelyn Thomas worked as a secretary for Percy Sutton from 1966 to 1977 and was engaged in efforts to advance neighborhood preservation and investment in her Harlem community. From 1973 to 1976, she and her neighbors participated in the “Spruce Up” Program to improve the physical condition of properties on W. 131st St. and W. 132nd St.. Guided by her leadership, 83 out of 86 houses were rehabilitated, despite a lack of federal investment and very limited state and local government resources. (Perkins)
Sister Thomas, S.C Way (Bronx)
Present name:Southern Boulevard
Location:Between Longwood Avenue and Barretto Street
Honoree: Sister Miriam Thomas (1933-2014) joined the Sisters of Charity in 1951 and began teaching in Longwood’s Saint Athanasius Parish in 1967. In 1968, she co-founded the South East Bronx Community Organization which would later build a 105-unit affordable housing development. From 1972 to 2004 she worked as the administrator of the multi-service Simpson Street Development Association, an organization servicing the youth and families. She was also involved with the South East Bronx Community Association which helped rebuild residential parts of Hunts Point and Longwood which were devastated during the late 1960’s and 1970’s by arson (Arroyo)

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