NYC Honorary Street Names


Bishop Preston R. Washington, Sr. Street (Manhattan)
Present name:West 115th Street
Location:between St. Nicholas Avenue and Lenox Avenue
Honoree: Bishop Preston R. Washington Sr. (1948-2003) was senior pastor of Memorial Baptist Church from 1976. In tandem with MBC he confounded the House of Hope, a development for single parents and their children.. In the 1980’s, Washington cofounded Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HJCCI), an interfaith consortium of over 90 congregations committed to the physical redevelopment of Harlem. He served as its president and CEO from 1986-2001.
Bro. George Washington Way “Legendary Boxing Trainer” (Brooklyn)
Present name:Gates Avenue
Location:From Marcy Avenue to Stuyvesant Avenue
Honoree: George Washington (1927-2006), raised in Birmingham, Alabama, joined the Marine Corps and became a member of the United States Marine Corps Boxing Team. His record in 114 professional fights was 100 wins and 14 defeats with 80 knockouts. Before his death, he trained boxers voluntarily for over ten years at the New Bedford-Stuyvesant Boxing Center.
Dwayne "The Pearl" Washington Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Belmont Avenue and Mother Gaston Boulevard
Honoree: Dwayne "The Pearl" Washington (1964-2016) grew up in Brooklyn. He excelled in basketball at Boys and Girls High School, where he became the most sought-after recruit of 1983. He went on to become a point guard at Syracuse where he made a 45-foot shot at the buzzer to give the Orange a 75-73 win over Boston College, and earned All-America recognition at Syracuse from 1984 through 1986. He was named first All-Big East twice and was the conference tournament's most valuable player in 1985. He led the team in assists and steals during each of his three seasons and had a record of 71-24 while he was on the team. He was the No. 13 overall NBA draft pick by the New Jersey Nets and played two seasons with them before playing his final season in the NBA with the Miami Heat in 1988-89. Throughout his NBA career, he had 256 steals and 733 assists in 194 games. His number 31 jersey was retired by Syracuse on March 2, 1996. On March 12, 2016, the community proclaimed Dwayne "The Pearl" Washington Day in Brooklyn. He died a few weeks later of cancer. (Ampry-Samuel)

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