NYC Honorary Street Names


Victor Victor Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 176th Street and Fort Washington Avenue
Honoree: Victor José Victor Rojas (1948-2020) was born in Santiago de los Caballeros. His professional life began in 1972, with the authorship of La Casita (The Little House), which he sang with Wilfrido Vargas. It launched his career as a performer and composer. In the 1970s, his dissatisfaction with domestic politics and economic policies in the Dominican Republic inspired him to write songs with social and political content. He also took part in the movement opposed to the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, and he began to write protest songs. He founded and led the group Nueva Fortuna, and in 1978, he created the group Flamboyán. For five years he shared the stage with the most important figures of the Latin American song and performed in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Cuba, the United States and Italy. Victor Victor studied the musical roots of merengue and bachata, recreated the genre and enriched it. Successes such as “Mesita de noche”, “Ando buscando un amor” y “Así es mi amor” have been performed by leading Dominican and foreign vocalists. In 1990, he released his fourth album, entitled “Un chin de veneno”, which was an international success. It succesfully fuses Caribbean rhythms in a new style. Victor Victor has to his credit the long-running albums entitled “Álbum rojo”, “Flamboyan”, “Con sus flores y sus vainas”, “Cotidiano”, “Artistas por la paz”, “Inspiraciones”, “Tu corazón” y “Alma de Barrio”. In 2007, he recorded the social-themed album “Verde y negro” as a tribute to the freedom fighters of the Dominican Republic. Victor died of COVID-19 at a hospital in Santo Domingo at age 71. He remains a beloved and influential artist for hundreds of thousands of Dominicans in New York City. (Rodriguez)

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