NYC Honorary Street Names
"G" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn
Gargiuloís Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:West 15th Street
Location:Between Surf Avenue and Mermaid Avenue
Honoree: This designation marked the 100th anniversary of Gargiuloís Restaurant, a Coney Island neighborhood landmark at 2911 West 15th
George Glee Jr.'s Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Throop Avenue
Location:Bounded by Macon Street and Decatur Street
Honoree: George Glee Jr. (1938-1995), as chief loan officer of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, was responsible for loans that created or expanded over 130 businesses. In May 1979, he became Executive Director of the Vann Urban Improvement Association, expanding it from a youth-centered organization to a multi-purpose local development corporation. He was also a member of Community Board 3 and Vice Chairman of the board of the NYC Housing Development Corporation.
Georgeís Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:753 Coney Island Avenue
Location:I/F/O 753 Coney Island Avenue
Honoree: Harry Montauredes (1925-1992) was a founding owner and the "patriarch" of Georgeís Restaurant, a diner that has been owned and operated by his family since 1956. A decorated combat veteran of World War II, Mr. Montauredes continued his service in the NYS National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel. His restaurant donated to little leagues in the 70th Police Precinct and the Masonic Temples of Brooklyn; regularly made charitable contributions to the Fort Hamilton military base and the Eye Foundation; and partnered with NYC Camp for Kids to help serve underprivileged families. (Eugene)
Ghanwatti Boodram Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:260th Street
Location:Between 80th Avenue and 81st Avenue
Honoree: Ghanwatti Boodram (1969-2009), a nurse at St.Lukeís Hospital, was killed when a Con Ed explosion took place on 260th Street between 80th and 81st Avenues in Floral Park, Queens. She was in her home at the time.
Gil Hodges Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bedford Avenue
Location:Avenue L and Avenue N
Honoree: Gilbert Raymond Hodges (1924-1972) the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman, lived on this block with his family. He later became manager of the New York Mets, leading it to victory in the 1969 World Series.
Giorgio Perlasca Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Dahill Road
Location:Between 41st Street and 42nd Street
Honoree: Giorgio Perlasca (1910-1992) worked for Angel Sanz-Briz during WWII issuing protective passes to Budapestís Jewish population. He was in charge of safe houses sheltering Jews from deportation and the Arrow Cross militia. He also worked with Raoul Wallenberg; Friedrich Born, of the International Red Cross; and Angelo Rotta, from the Vatican, in issuing protective passes. It is estimated that Giorgio Perlasca saved approximately 3,500 Hungarian Jews.
Giselle McGee Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Carroll Street
Location:Between Court Street and Smith Street
Honoree: Giselle McGee (1955-2017) pioneered French-English language programs in NYC schools. Early in her career, she taught at schools in Staten Island and Chinatown, and was a staff developer for seven years at P.S. 94 in Sunset Park and P.S. 15 in Red Hook. She became assistant principal at P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill in 2004, and in 2006 was appointed principal of P.S. 58, The Carroll School, in Carroll Gardens. She was one of only three forerunners in the NYDOE to introduce a French-English Dual Language Program, and grew the school from 330 to 975 students. She was made a Knight of the Order of Academic Palms in 2009 by French Ambassador Pierre Vimont for her work with the French-English Duel Language Program, and also received the Label FrancEducation, a prestigious award, given by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a formal recognition and accreditation of schools providing a French bilingual program. At the time, only eight schools worldwide had received the award, including two in New York. She was also selected for The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals. It is is the only program in the U.S. that recognizes and supports exemplary public school principals by providing them with a yearlong fellowship for study at Teachers College, Columbia University. (Lander)
Giuseppe "Joe" Papandrea Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 86th Street and 15th Avenue
Honoree: Guiseppe Papandrea(1940-2002) immigrated to the United States in 1958. He worked at Ginoís Restaurant and Pizzeria where he met and married Loretta Reed in 1966. Together, they raised six children. In the summer of 1998, he was diagnosed with leukemia, which he fought and was in remission by Christmas of that year. He was tragically killed by a hit and run driver on January 29, 2002.
Goldie M. Maple Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:57th Street and Beach Channel Drive
Location:Between Almeda Avenue and Shore Front Parkway
Honoree: Goldie M. Maple died in 2004 at the age of 65. For over 40 years, she was a community activist and parent leader in the Rockaways. She was elected to the Community School Board, was a member of the NAACP, a founder of the New Democratic Coalition, and a member of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation.
Gonzalo Plasencia Park (Brooklyn)
Location:40th Street and Third Avenue Park
Honoree: Gonzalo Plasencia (1909-2003) founded the Puerto Rican Club and the Hatillo Civic and Social Club. He organized baseball and basketball leagues. His community involvement included being a member of committees of the Office of the Government of Puerto Rico in New York, where he often met with Governor Luis Munoz Marin, the architect of the Commonwealth.
Grace Nichilo Place (Brooklyn)
Location:Neptune Avenue at West 16th Street
Honoree: Grace Nichilo (1922-2006) was a pillar of the community in Coney Island. She was a strong worker and supporter of Our Lady of Solace Church and her children attended the OLOS School. When Neptune Avenue was host to the annual Coney Island Feast, it was Ms. Nichilo who worked on the floats and on the delicious foods that were involved in the event.
Granville T. Woods Way (Brooklyn)
Location:On the corner of Stillwell Avenue and Mermaid Avenue
Honoree: Granville T. Woods (1856-1910) developed a variety of inventions relating to the railroad industry. His greatest and most recognizable invention was the third rail, which made subway travel possible. Another of his inventions, one that all who enjoy Coney Island should be grateful for, was the electrical figure-8 amusement apparatus that led to the first of many roller coasters.
Gregory "Jocko" Jackson Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:Linden Boulevard
Location:Between Mother Gaston Boulevard and Powell Street
Honoree: Gregory Jackson (1951-2012), a former player with the New York Knicks, was director of the Brownville Recreation Center and an organizer of the annual Brownsville Oldtimers Week.
Guild for Exceptional Children Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:68th Street
Location:Ridge Boulevard and 3rd Avenue
Honoree: The Guild for Exceptional Children, (GEC), founded in 1958, is private non-profit agency for mentally retarded people in Bay Ridge and throughout southwest Brooklyn.
Gus Vlahavas Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Sterling Place
Location:Between Washington Avenue and Classon Avenue
Honoree: Constantin "Gus" Vlahavas (1938-2014) began working at Tomís when he was 9 years old and worked there for over 60 years before retiring in 2009. He graduated from Brooklyn College, served in the United States Army and briefly taught history at Midwood High School before deciding to work at the restaurant founded by his grandfather. He would tell stories of how he served ice cream to Jackie Robinson and other members of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Tomís restaurant, at 782 Washington Avenue, remains an old-fashioned diner and ice-cream parlor It has survived in a changing neighborhood which at points was devastated by drugs, crime and property decay especially during the 1970ís and 80ís. (Cumbo)
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