NYC Honorary Street Names


Jimmy Zappalorti Lane (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Androvette Street and Kreischer Street
Honoree: Jimmy Zappalorti (1945-1990) served in Vietnam from 1962 to 1965 as a naval officer aboard the U.S.S. Henrico. He received an honorable discharge following a nervous breakdown stemming from an incident in which he and his boyfriend were jumped. His boyfriend was killed in the incident. He was often a target of violence due to the fact that he was gay and had mental illness. He was murdered by two of his neighbors which was recognized as the first anti-gay hate crime in New York City. Ten year later, Governor Pataki signed into law the “Hate Crimes Bill.” Mr. Zappalorti's name and murder were cited during the bill signing ceremony. A health support group was established by the New York's LGBT community called the Zappalorti Society (Ignizio)

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