NYC Honorary Street Names
"H" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn
Hank Vogt Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 85th Street and 7th Avenue
Honoree: Hank Vogt (d. 2007) was a founder of the Bay Ridge Ambulance Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) in 1974 and was its first board chair. He was also very involved in his community serving as chairman of the Ragamuffin Parade for many years as well as chairman of Community Board 10.
Harriet Ross Tubman Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Fulton Street
Location:Between Boerum Place and Rockaway Boulevard
Honoree: Harriet Ross (1820-1913), an escaped slave, settled in Auburn NY in 1857. She made 19 trips on the Underground Railroad and freed more than 300 slaves. In the Civil War, she was a spy for the Union army and later a government nurse. In 1896, she bought land for a home for sick and needy blacks. Unable to raise enough money to build, she gave the land to the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. It completed the home in 1908 and Harriet spent her last years there.
Harry G. English Place (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 73rd Street and 3rd Avenue
Honoree: Harry G. English (1921-2002) had a law practice in Bay Ridge for over 50 years. He helped organize philanthropic endowments and often provided pro bono services to worthy causes. In the late 1970’s, he helped implement a program to rehabilitate abandoned buildings in Bay Ridge. For a number of years he was president of the Bay Ridge Development Corporation.
Harry Rosen Way - Cheesecake Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:Northwest corner of Flatbush Avenue and DeKalb Avenue
Honoree: Harry Rosen (1994-1996) was the founder of Junior’s Restaurant, which has been at this corner since 1929. The establishment is best known for its signature cheesecake.
Harry Schwartz Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Surf Avenue at West 5th Street
Honoree: For twenty years Harry Schwartz (d. 2002) taught Industrial Arts at Bildersee Jr. High School in Canarsie. He served on Community Board 13 and on School Board 21 where he was also a past president. He also held leadership posts in the Knights of Pythias, the Jewish War Veterans, the BKightwater Tenants Council.
Harry Warren Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bay 38th St
Location:Bounded by Benson Ave and Bath Ave
Honoree: Harry Warren (1893-1981) was one of the most successful songwriters of the 20th Century. Born Salvatore Guaragna in Brooklyn, he wrote nearly 700 songs including three Oscar winners: "Lullaby of Broadway" (1935); "You'll Never Know" (1945); and "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" (1946). The naming also honors the nearby Harry Warren Theater, establised in 1982 and home to the Ryan Repertory Company.
Harvey L. Strelzin St (Brooklyn)
Present name:Heyward St
Location:Between Bedford and Wythe Avenues.
Honoree: Harvey L. Strelzin (1906-1993) was raised in Brooklyn and attended CCNY, Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School. From 1933 to 1939 he was an Assistant DA and from 1955 to 1957 was Chaiman of the NYC Board of Assessors. He was elected to the NYS Assembly in 1968 and served to 1980. After retiring from the Assembly he taught at New York Law School and was President of the YM-YWHA of Williamsburg.
Helen Keller Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Lawrence Street
Location:Between Willoughby Street and Metrotech Plaza
Honoree: This renaming marked the hundredth anniversary of Helen Keller Services for the Blind, which serves both the blind and the deaf-blind, and is located on Willoughby Street. The organization was founded in 1893 and was known until 1985 as the Industrial Home for the Blind. Helen Keller (1880-1968) was born healthy but at 18 months contracted an illness that left her blind, deaf and mute. With the help of a dedicated teacher, she overcame these handicaps to graduate cum laude from Radcliffe and to become a distinguished author, lecturer, and social reformer.
Herb Berman Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Corner of 86th Street and Bay 26th Street
Honoree: Herb Berman (1925-2005) a Bensonhurst native and a World War II veteran, founded the Brooklyn Graphic newspaper in 1958. Among his many contributions to the community over a period of 50 years, he raised $40,000 dollars to rebuild the Temple Sons of Israel in Brooklyn when it was destroyed and also raised sufficient funds for the Bensonhurst Volunteer Ambulance Service to buy a new ambulance.
Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Oriental Boulevard and Corbin Place
Honoree: This designation honors the men and women of the Armed Services who, at the time, were fighting and often dying in Iraq.
Hope Reichbach Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bond Street
Location:Between Dean Street and Bergen Street
Honoree: Hope Reichbach (1988-2011) was an aide to City Council Member Stephen Levin. She was on the threshold of a promising political career when she died of a mysterious drug overdose at the age of 22. While still in high school, where she had been an outstanding student and athlete, she successfully sued the Department of Defense (DOD) for its tactics in the military recruitment of people under 18 and the misuse of their personal data. As a legislative aide, she opposed cuts in city funding for local child care programs; and helped galvanize public support for important street safety measures. Since her death, her parents helped form the Hope Reichbach Fund, which partners with Brooklyn-based non-profits to provide paid internships for college students in New York City who are eager to work in the social justice field. (Levin)
Howard Dunn Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the northwest corner of 78th Street and 3rd Avenue
Honoree: Howard Dunn (1926-2015), a WW II Navy veteran, was devoted to patriotic and veterans' causes. His efforts included purchasing and planting 1,000 American flags in front of stores and businesses in Bay Ridge, where he served as a grand marshal of the Kings County Memorial Day Parade. Between 2009 and 2012 he helped raise more than $28,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, and also worked with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on clothing drives for veterans. For the Boy Scouts of America, he oversaw 20 Boy Scout troops. In addition, he was active in the American Legion, AARP, the Committee to Save the Fort Hamilton Army Base, and the 3rd Avenue Merchants. His efforts were recognized by by numerous awards from civic organizations and public officials. (Gentile)
Howard Lasher Way (Brooklyn)
Location:On the center median on Neptune Avenue and the corner of West 6th Street
Honoree: Hon. Howard Lasher (d. 2007) was a political fixture in Brooklyn for over 35 years serving in the Assembly from 1973 to 1993, and later as Council Member from 1994 to 2001.
Howie Zimmerman Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:Southwest corner of 65th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Honoree: Howard Zimmerman (1961-2003) was a partner in “3 Guys From Brooklyn”, the produce market at 65th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway. Mr. Zimmerman was devoted to the community. He donated turkeys to churches and synagogues for Thanksgiving, donated pumpkins for the annual Halloween Walk and aided the Sunset Park Business Improvement District’s “5th Avenue Festival” and many other community activities.
Hudson Blvd. (Brooklyn)
Present name:Covert Street
Location:Between Bushwick Avenue and Broadway
Honoree: Bishop Zenopha Socrates Hudson (1913-1988) received his Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Trinity Hall Bible College. He was the Jurisdictional Bishop of Belize in Central America. Bishop Z.S. Hudson also developed and ran many successful businesses that included three hotels in the Catskills. His son, Bishop Arnold Hudson (b. 1936) is also commemorated in this street co-naming.
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