NYC Honorary Street Names


Battalion Chief Robert Turner’s Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Hancock Street
Location:Between Stuyvesant Avenue and Marcy Avenue
Honoree: Battalion Chief Robert Roland Turner ( 1932-1997 ) joined the FDNY in 1955. He was Deputy Commissioner for Community Affairs, before his promotion to Battalion Chief, and was proud of his role in expanding the participation of African-Americans and Women. He was also active in the Bridge A.M.E. Church and in local political and civic organizations. This block was the site of Engine Company No. 214 where Mr. Turner served for several years.
LL:2001/ 81
Laverne Turner Lane (Bronx)
Present name:East 219th Street
Location:Between White Plains Road and Willett Avenue.
Honoree: Laverne Turner, born in 1931, was educated at Bronx Community College, the College of Mount St. Vincent and the College of New Rochelle. She was an educator at the Williamsbridge NAACP Day Care Center from 1974 until her death from a sudden illness. She was active in community and civic activities including Community Board 12.
Matthew S. Turner Triangle (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:A triangular area…at the intersection of St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard Between West 120th and West 121st Streets
Honoree: Matthew S. Turner was an educator and behavioral scientist who championed education, recreational opportunities, and a drug-free environment for Harlem Youth. He co-founded the Harlem Youth Federation and was an administrator of several anti-poverty and drug rehabilitation programs including Reality House.

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