NYC Honorific Streets
"A" Honorific Streets: Brooklyn
Abe Kanter Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 65th Street and 4th Avenue
Honoree: Abe Kanter (d. 2009) was a founder of a local AARP chapter, an assistant scoutmaster, an auxiliary police officer, and a commander of the Jewish War Veterans. He regularly visited patients at the VA Hospital and guided visitors through the Harbor Defense Museum at Fort Hamilton.
Abolitionist Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Duffield Street
Location:Between Fulton Street and Myrtle Avenue
Honoree: Many abolitionists and Underground Railroad conductors lived and owned property along this segment of Duffield Street. They provided many fugitive slaves with temporary sanctuary from the bounty hunters that were so prevalent in the City in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Abrian Gonzalez Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Dikeman Street
Location:Between Dwight Street and Richards Street
Honoree: Abrian Gonzalez (1985-2006) attended P.S. 15, as a youth. He inspired the other students to stay away from crime and drugs.
Adam Vineski Walk (Brooklyn)
Present name:Berry Street
Location:Between North 7th Street and North 8th Street
Honoree: Adam Vaneski (1936-2000) was a principal founder of the People's Firehouse. Inc., (PFI) a community based, non-profit organization located in Northside Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The People's Firehouse, Inc. is the civilian advocacy organization for New York City's firefighters. Veneski served as Executive Director of PFI from 1990 until his death on August 24, 2000.
African Burial Ground Square (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersections of Barbey Street with New Lots Avenue and with Livonia Avenue, and of Schenck Avenue with Livonia Avenue and New Lots Avenue
Honoree: Commemorates the burial ground for enslaved Africans in the area encompassing Schenck, New Lots and Livonia Avenues and Barbey Street.
Al Christman Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:64th Street
Location:At 3rd Avenue
Honoree: Al Christman was a founder of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Baseball and Soccer League. He dedicated himself the creation, care and maintenance of the lot at 63rd Street and 3rd Avenue, which the league obtained to build a new field..
Al Nahas Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:3rd Avenue
Location:Between 76th Street and 77th Street
Honoree: Al Nahas (1928-2003) was a civic and business leader in Bay Ridge where he opened Nahas Art, a custom framing shop. He was active in the Third Avenue Merchants Association and served on the boards of many charities and community organizations. He was instrumental in the formation of Bay Ridge Community Development. In 1980, he opened Nightfalls Restaurant and encouraged others to do the same., making Third Avenue a Restaurant Row.
Alain Schaberger Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Gold Street
Location:Between Tillary Street and Tech Place
Honoree: NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, a 10-year veteran in the NYPD, was killed in the line of duty on March 13, 2011 when he was pushed over a railing while responding to a domestic violence dispute.
Alfred J. Vigilante Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the northwest corner of East 49th Street and Foster Avenue
Honoree: Alfred J. Vigilante (d. 1999) was active in community and veterans affairs in Brooklyn. As Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post, he organized charity fundraisers, food drives and programs such as a drum and bugle corps for underprivileged children. He was an advisor to the Kings County Cadets youth program, he helped raise funds for Kings County Hospital and helped obtain much needed medical equipment for the Brooklyn VA Hospital. He also developed a local program to support returning Vietnam veterans and the families of the POWs and MIAs from that war. He also co-founded the East 49th Street Block Association in 1972, and promoted gardening, arts and reading programs for neighborhood children. (Williams)
Alfred J. Vigliante Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the northwest corner of East 49th Street and Foster Avenue
Honoree: Alfred J. Vigliante (d. 1999) was active in community and veterans affairs in Brooklyn. As Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post, he organized charity fundraisers, food drives and programs such as a drum and bugle corps for underprivileged children. He was an advisor to the Kings County Cadets youth program, he helped raise funds for Kings County Hospital and helped obtain much needed medical equipment for the Brooklyn VA Hospital. He also developed a local program to support returning Vietnam veterans and the families of the POWs and MIAs from that war. He also co-founded the East 49th Street Block Association in 1972, and promoted gardening, arts and reading programs for neighborhood children. (Williams)
American Veterans Memorial Pier (Brooklyn)
Location:The extension of Bay Ridge Avenue from Shore Road to the Pierhead Line
Honoree: The 593-foot long 69th Street Pier, at the foot of Bay Ridge Avenue, was built in 1904 as a ferry wharf and fishing pier. During World War I and World War II, it was a military embarkation point. When the wars ended, many of the returning soldiers were welcomed home at the 69th Street Pier.
Andrew and Vincent Abate Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bay 7th Street
Location:Between Bath Avenue and Benson Avenue
Honoree: Andrew and Vincent Abate (b. 1961 and 1964) were brothers who worked at Marsh & McLennan in the World Trade Center. Both were killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Andrew DiOrio Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 27th Street and 4th Avenue
Honoree: Andrew DiOrio (1924-2009) was General Manager of the Youth Center of St. Rocco’s R.C. Church for 25 years. He was later Deputy Public Administrator of Kings County and also served as Chairman of Community Board 7
Andrew Torregrossa Jr. Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 13th Avenue and 79th Street
Honoree: Andrew Torregrossa Jr. (1925-2011) was County Commander of the American Legion, a Trustee of the Brooklyn Public Library, and was actively involved in Catholic charities for over 26 years..
Angel Luis Gautier Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:36th Street
Location:Between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue
Honoree: Angel Luis Gautier (1947-1999), a bus operator for over 20 years, was killed in the line of duty on November 25, 1999. A member of the Transport Workers Union-Local 100, he had also served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam..
Angela Piccini Canadé Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of 84th Street and Ridge Boulevard
Honoree: Angela Piccini Canadé (d. 2010), a Dyker Heights resident, was a longtime columnist for the Home Reporter and Sunset News. She was a supporter for the Guild for Exceptional Children, a not-for-profit organization that offers services for developmentally disabled children and adults.
Angelo “Chubby” Campanella (Brooklyn)
Location:At the southwest corner of 77th Street and 21st Avenue
Honoree: Angelo Campanella (1926-2009)was an ice cream vendor in Bensonhurst for 50 years. His commitment to helping others was evident one afternoon when he saved a customer’s baby from choking to death, rushing the mother and child to the hospital just in time to save the child’s life. He also once pulled a mother and baby out from a flipped car that was in danger of catching fire; and helped capture a hit-and-run driver by blocked the roadway with his ice cream truck. He organized and carried out food drives, block parties and toy drives; and fundraisers for cancer patients. He also donated countless ice cream cones to children who were short of change (Greenfield)
Anna Chineda Carter Square (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Bleecker Street and Knickerbocker Avenue
Honoree: Anna Chineda Carter (1932-2009) was chair of Community Board 4 in the 1970s. Under her leadership, CB 4 developed the Bushwick Action Plan to revitalize the community. After a 1977 fire obliterated 23 buildings, Ms. Carter successfully urged that the fire site be the location for a new 83rd Police Precinct station house..
Anna Marie Blinn (Brooklyn)
Present name:Brooklyn Avenue
Location:Atlantic Avenue to Dean Street
Honoree: Anna Marie Blinn (b. 1916) was involved in a wide variety of community efforts over 60 years including saving the Franklin Avenue shuttle, winning landmark status for Eastern Parkway, and securing a new building for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Annie Lautato’s Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:Northeast corner of 66th Street and 12th Avenue
Honoree: Antoinette "Annie" Lautato, the mother of twin daughters, was a school crossing guard at Regina Pacis School from 1986 to 1993 and was also instrumental in the school's fundraising and other volunteer activities. She was a volunteer school librarian at Regina Pacis for 5 years and founded the school's Luncheon Program.
Anthony Aristedes Delgado Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the corner of Central Avenue and Palmetto Street
Honoree: Anthony Delgado was killed when he was struck by a tow truck in a hit-and-run accident. Because of the accident, a traffic signal was installed at the intersection where he was killed. He was thirteen years old.
Anthony Brizzi Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:40th Street
Location:Between 10th Avenue and 12th Avenue
Honoree: Anthony Brizzi (1934-2000) and his brothers went into the family business, The Brizzi Funeral Home. He associated himself with the five parishes that encompassed his community by serving on their religious and civic committees. He and his brother Nick were very involved in the funding of the Council of Neighborhood Organizations, which Anthony served as Vice-President for 15 years.
Anthony J. Leone Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 21st Street and 4th Avenue
Honoree: Anthony J. Leone (1940-2006), owner of a funeral home on 4th Avenue, never turned anyone away for lack of funds and would never accept any money for the funeral of a child.
Anthony Mosomillo Memorial Courts (Brooklyn)
Present name:Dyker Beach Park
Location:At Bay 8th Street and Cropsey Avenue
Honoree: These handball and basketball courts are named for Police Officer Anthony Mosomillo (1962-1998), who grew up in Bensonhurst. He was killed in the line of duty by a suspect on whom he was sent to execute a bench warrant (RGPR)
Anthony Neglia Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Bay 34th Street and 86th Street
Honoree: Anthony Neglia (1928-2008) was a leader with the 86th Street-Bensonhurst Community Merchants. He started the 86th Street Festival, worked with the Kiwanis Club and provided scholarships for Bishop Kearney students.
Anthony Pastena, Sr. Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:Southeast corner of Graham Avenue and Withers Street
Honoree: Anthony Pastena (1914-2004) dedicated his life to organizations that promoted his passion for heritage, community and the nation. He served for 22 years as president of the Society of St. Mary of the Snow, a cultural organization founded by the first Italians living in Greenpoint and named in honor the patron saint of their home town of Sanza, Italy.
Arie A. Bucheister Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Knickerbocker Avenue
Location:Between Stanhope and Stockholm Streets
Honoree: Arie Bucheister and his wife Beth operated the Knickerbocker Boy’s and Men’s store, a family owned business for 23 years. Arie was also active in the Knickerbocker Avenue Merchant Association. On February 1, 2003, Arie Bucheister was shot and killed in his store at the young age of 45.
Arleen Ramos Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:59th Street
Location:Between 3rd and 4th Avenues
Honoree: Arleen Ramos (1958-2004) was a long-time community activist and a member of Community Board 7 where she chaired the youth committee. She was the Director of Alternative Sanctions at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, where she was an integral part of one of the most innovative developments in the field of Criminal Justice.
Arturo Angelo Sereno 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Northeast corner of 12th Avenue and 67th Street
Honoree: Arturo Angelo Sereno (b. 1971) was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Assistant Principal Linda A. Romano Place (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of 66th Street and 16th Avenue
Honoree: Ms. Romano was assistant principal of the American Experience Academy at nearby Edward B. Shallow IS 227. She won many accolades as an educator, and was active in community service in both Bay Ridge and in her home borough of Staten Island. She was selected by The Brooklyn Historical Society to be interviewed on camera on the history of Bay Ridge and the building of The Verrazano Bridge. She was a reading volunteer at P.S. 4 in Staten Island, president of the Parents Association at the College of Staten Island, assistant coach for St. Joseph/St. Thomas Parish girl’s soccer teams, and raised funds for the Staten Island Sharks Ice Hockey league. (Menchaca)
Aurea M Blanco Walk (Brooklyn)
Present name:Seigel Street
Location:Between Manhattan Avenue and Graham Avenue/ Avenue of Puerto Rico.
Honoree: Born Aurea Montanez in Puerto Rico in 1920, Ms. Blanco came to New York in 1945. She was one of the original pioneers behind the construction of the Borinquen Plaza housing development and was instrumental in the formation of the Borinquen Plaza Tenants Association, which she served as Treasurer. She was also President of the I.S. 49 PTA, and from 1978 to her death was Secretary of the Borinquen Senior Citizens Center. She died in 1995 at age 74.
Auxiliary Captain Linying Gong Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Northeast corner of Shore Road and 74th Street
Honoree: Linying Gong served in the Auxiliary Police for 37 years and was the first Asian woman to be a Captain, working out of the 68th Precinct in Brooklyn. Although diagnosed with cancer, she remained dedicated to the Auxiliary Police and even visited with other cancer patients.
Avenue M – Mary Queen of Heaven Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Avenue M
Location:Between East 56th Street and East 57th Street
Honoree: This designation marked the 75th anniversary of Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Its lower level was competed, and its first Mass celebrated, in 1927. The parish school was opened in 1951. In June of 1997, just one week after the installation of a new pastor, the Church was destroyed by fire but has since been completely rebuilt.
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