NYC Honorary Street Names
Captain William Thompson Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:Lafayette Street
Location:Corner of Franklin and Lafayette
Honoree: Captain Thompson (b. 1950) was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue victims trapped in the World Trade Center.
Jack Thompson Drive (Queens)
Present name:116th Road
Location:Between Springfield Boulevard and Nashville Boulevard
Honoree: Jack Thompson was the President of the Cambria Heights Civic Association. He was an inspiration to many in his community and other civic leaders and activists in Cambria Heights.
Kenneth Thompson Street (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Myrtle Street and Jay Street
Honoree: Kenneth P. Thompson (1966-2016) was the first African-American District Attorney of Kings County, serving from 2014 until 2016. He was born and raised in New York City, went to its public schools, attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and graduated from the New York University School of Law in 1992. There he earned the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal for contributions to the law school community. His impact on Brooklyn and the nation's criminal justice system is significant. In 1995, he joined the U. S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn. There he worked with Loretta Lynch on the federal prosecution team in the 1997 trial of former officer Justin Volpe, who was accused of assaulting Abner Louima inside a bathroom at the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn. Thompson delivered the opening arguments in the police brutality trial, which resulted in Volpe changing his plea to 'guilty.' In September 2013, Thompson he was elected Brooklyn District Attorney. He is remembered for racial justice advocacy; the decision to no longer prosecute low level marijuana cases; a crackdown on gun violence, and an internal review board that exonerated at least 20 wrongfully convicted defendants. (Levin and Cumbo)
NYPD Sgt. Ned Thompson Way (Staten Island)
Present name:St. Austins Place
Location:Between Bard Avenue and Davis Avenue
Honoree: Sgt. Ned Thompson (1968-2008) served nine years as the commanding officer of the Street Narcotics Unit in the 6th Precinct and served as supervisor for the Washington Square Park Enforcement Unit. He was also a first responder on September 11th and worked at Ground Zero for several days.
Pfc. Nils George Thompson Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Franklin Avenue at the southwest corner of Cassidy Place
Honoree: Nils George Thompson (b. 1986) was killed in the line of duty in Iraq on August 4, 2005. He served with the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, the Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis.
Rev. William E. Thompson Way (Bronx)
Present name:Teller Avenue
Location:Between East 169th Street and East 170th Street
Honoree: Rev. William E. Thompson founded the Community Church of Morrisania, the first African-American church in that community, in 1956. Rev. Thompson was also a social worker at the City's Spofford Detention Center. After retiring, he became a teacher at PS 53. His church, located at 1325 Teller Avenue, had many ministries including the Martin Luther King Jr. Ministry to teenagers. He started a black history pictorial museum in the Parish House. He founded the Project Survival Program,designed to help mothers in need of day care at an affordable price, as well as the Some Mothers Child Program, which assisted young adults with substance problems. (Gibson)
Zenita Thompson Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:McKeever Place
Location:Between Sullivan Place and Montgomery Street
Honoree: No data.
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