NYC Honorary Street Names
"J" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn
Jackie Connor’s Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:Northwest corner of 7th Avenue and Carroll Street
Honoree: Jackie Connor (1942-2006) was an advocate for the poor, the homeless, the underpaid, the tenant, the senior citizen, the child, and the teenager. He campaigned to keep youth programs open, attended school hearings, and joined committees to improve public schools.
Jackie Robinson Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:MacDonough Street
Location:Between Patchen Avenue and Ralph Avenue
Honoree: Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and advanced the cause of professional African-American athletes. In 1955, he helped the Dodgers reach the pinnacle of Major League Baseball by winning the World Series. He retired in 1957 with a career batting average of .311 and in 1962, he became the first African-American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1972, the Dodgers retired his uniform number of 42. In 1964, he helped establish the African-American owned Freedom Bank and he also served on the board of the NAACP until 1967. (Mealy and Cornegy)
Jacqueline Berrien Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Decatur Street
Location:Between Lewis Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue
Honoree: Jacqueline Berrien (1961-2015) was a civil rights lawyer and the chairperson of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under President Barack Obama. Under her leadership, the EEOC promulgated rules against discrimination in employment and health insurance on the basis of disability or genetic test results. She also won a record $240 million jury verdict against a company accused of abusing workers with intellectual disabilities at an Iowa turkey-processing plant, and reduced case backlogs overall. Ms. Berrian was a graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard Law School. After serving as a clerk for a federal judge, she joined the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1994, she became an assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. After working at the Ford Foundation, she returned to the Fund as associate director-counsel. She also taught at Harvard Law School and New York Law School. ( Cornegy)
James E. Davis Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Nostrand Avenue
Location:Between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway
Honoree: New York City Councilman James E. Davis (1962-2003), a former Corrections Officer and Police Officer, was dedicated to stopping violence. Prior to elected office, he campaigned to persuade Toys R Us to stop selling realistic looking toy guns and founded an organization called “Love Yourself, Stop the Violence.” On July 23, 2003, during a Council meeting at City Hall, he was murdered by a political opponent who suddenly and inexplicably opened fire.
James Warren Nicolaidis Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Avenue S
Location:Between East 32nd and East 33rd Streets
Honoree: James Warren Nicolaidis (d. 2003) was the longtime coach of the Brooklyn Hurricanes football team.
Janice Marie Knight Street (Brooklyn)
Present name:East 40th Street
Location:Between Lenox Road and Clarkson Avenue
Honoree: Janice Marie Knight (d. 2007) began her career as a teacher at PS 235, was appointed its Assistant Principal in 1995, and became its Principal in 1999. She actively pursued opportunities to assure that the children were well grounded in literacy. In 2004, she received the Cahn Fellowship for distinguished New York City Principals.
Jason Ruiz Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:60th Street
Location:Between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
Honoree: Jason Ruiz (1978-2008) was an FDNY Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) whose brave actions included rescuing a woman who fell on the subway tracks at Marcy and Myrtle Avenues. He was awarded a medal for meritorious acts in 2006 and 2007.
Jean-Baptiste-Point Du Sable Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:Flatbush Avenue
Location:Between Empire Boulevard and Foster Avenue
Honoree: Jean-Baptiste Point Du Sable (1745-1818) is regarded as the first permanent non-indigenous settler of what is now Chicago. In the 1770s, he settled on the shore of Lake Michigan and created a trading post that became major supply station for other traders in the Great Lakes area. He later moved to Missouri where he operated a ferry before he died. To honor its first citizen, a high school, museum, harbor, park and bridge in Chicago are named after him, and the of his home near the Chicago River is a National Historic Landmark. (Eugene)
Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:Rogers Avenue
Location:Between Farragut Road and Eastern Parkway
Honoree: Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758-1806) was one of the founding fathers of Haiti. In 1804 he defeated the French Army of Napoleon in the first and only successful slave revolution in the Americas. Dessalines was born a slave in what was then the French colony of Saint-Domingue. In 1791, he joined the slave uprising. Within a few years, the slave insurgents, under General Toussaint Louverture forced the French colonial administrators to emancipate them. After Louverture was kidnapped and deported to France in 1802, Dessalines led the Revolution. Napoleon sent forces under General Rochambeau to re-conquer Saint-Domingue. Rochambeau killed much of the non-white population, including women and children, in mass executions. But by January 1, 1804, the French were defeated and Dessalines declared Haiti independent. In response to French brutality and out of fear of future French re-conquest and re-enslavement, Dessalines ordered the execution of thousands of remaining white French on the island, but protected whites loyal to Haitian independence, including thousands of Polish soldiers who had defected from the French Army. Dessalines was declared Emperor of Haiti in September 1804. He implemented many progressive policies, including religious freedom and increased rights for women. He also attempted to reform the concentration of land ownership in a few wealthy families. This likely led to his death in a roadside ambush on October 17, 1806. (Williams, Cumbo and Eugene)
Jerry Jacobs Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Hillel Place
Location:Between Campus Road and Flatbush Avenue
Honoree: Jerry Jacobs (1934-2002) was a teacher for 27 years, a mentor, veteran, husband, father and grandfather. In 1968, he was a McCarthy delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Jessie Streich-Kest Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Argyle Road
Location:Between Albemarle Road and Church Avenue
Honoree: Jessie Streich-Kest was killed on October 29, 2012 by a falling tree limb while walking her dog. She was a committed social activist, an energetic public school teacher, a lover of animals, and a supportive daughter and friend. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Jessie worked in the first Obama campaign. After college, she took a job with the Schneiderman campaign, running the Brooklyn operation at just 22 years old. In September 2012, after receiving her Masters of Education, she began teaching 10th grade Special Education students at the Bushwick School for Social Justice. Her impactlingers to this day in the spirit she brought to the SPED department and the systems and changes she put in place to service BSSJ’s neediest students. Prior to 2012, SPED students passed classes at an average of about 55-60%. In the past two years, those rates rose to 75% and above in most classes and have stayed there since. In just a few short months, Jessie contributed to the lasting strength of the school community. Jessie was also a committed animal rights activist who fought to end to the abuse of carriage horses. She had most recently lent her passion to New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets. (Eugene)
Jim Buckley Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Avenue S
Location:Between Nostrand Avenue and East 29th Street
Honoree: James J. Buckley (1942-2010) was owner of Buckley’s Tavern on Nostrand Avenue and Kennedy’s in Breezy Pount. In 1981, he co-founded The Buckley’s to Kennedy’s Run to raise money for The Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Leukemia Society.
Jimmy Quinn Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Batchelder Street
Location:Between Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue S
Honoree: James Francis Quinn (b. 1963) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Jitu Weusi Plaza (Brooklyn)
Present name:Putnam Plaza
Honoree: Brooklyn-born Jitu K.Weusi (1939-2013), formerly known as Leslie R. Campbell, was an educator, political activist, and jazz impesario. He began his career in education with the NYC Department of Education in 1962 and was a founding member of the African-American Teachers Association (ATA). He was widely known for his involvement in the Ocean-Hill/Brownsville conflict, which was instrumental in bringing about changes nationwide in community control of public education. In the late 1960s, he left the Department of Education and opened the first Black independent private school for inner-city youth: Uhuru Sasa Shule (Freedom Now School). Among his political activities, he helped form the New York Chapter of the National Black United Front (NBUF); and African-Americans United for Political Power, which was a instrumental in the election of Mayor David Dinkins. He also worked on Reverend Al Sharptonâ€™s campaign to become the first black US Senator from New York. In 1970, he was the principal operator of the East Cultural and Educational Center, where he presented weekly Jazz programs featuring such notables as Max Roach, Randy Weston, Pharoah Sanders, McCoy Tyner, Hugh Masekela, and Sun Ra. An avid enthusiast, collector of and writer on Jazz music, he also the long-time chairperson of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. (Cumbo)
Joday Tepedino 9-11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Southeast corner of Bay Ridge Avenue and 3rd Avenue
Honoree: Joday Tepedino (b. 1963) was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Joe ‘The Great’ Rollino Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Bay Ridge Parkway and 14th Avenue
Honoree: Joe ‘The Great’ Rollino (1905-2010) was one of the last of the old Coney Island strongmen. He once lifted 475 pounds using his teeth. Mr. Rollino died at 104 years old when he was struck by a minivan while walking in his neighborhood.
Joe and Flo Leopoldi Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:7th Street
Location:Between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
Honoree: Joe (1931-1989) and Flo (1935-2018) Leopoldi were Brooklyn born and raised, a hard-working, compassionate couple who had a positive presence in, and impact on the Park Slope Community. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Joe opened a luncheonette at 363 Sixth Avenue. In 1966, Joe and Flo opened Leopoldi’s, a hardware store on 415 Fifth Avenue which is still family-owned and run today. The Leopoldis were very involved with fund-raising and parish events for the parishes of St. Saviour, Holy Name and St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Bernadette in Dyker Heights and St. Thomas Aquinas in Flatlands. (Lander)
Joe Galatolo Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 72nd Street and 18th Avenue
Honoree: Joseph Galatolo (1923-2002) worked for NYCHA from 1958 until his retirement in 1983. He could always be found on his beloved 18th Avenue, where he was President of the Merchant Association, and also President of the Santa Rosalia Society, located on 18th Avenue and 72nd Street. In 1977 he started the Santa Rosalia Festival, which has become an annual event.
Joe Imbriale Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 97th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Honoree: Joe Imbraile (1927-1983), a Bay Ridge native and a World War II veteran, operated a family landscaping business until his untimely death in a forklift accident. . He was a civic-minded business man who donated money and services to many community causes. He was president of the local Kiwanis Club and he personally worked gratis at Bay Ridge’s historic Barkaloo Cemetery.
Joel Samuels Plaza (Brooklyn)
Location:On the south side of Brighton Beach Avenue opposite its intersection with Brighton 11th Street.
Honoree: Joel B. Samuels was born in Brighton Beach in 1943 and was active in community affairs throughout his life. In 1977 he became vice president of the Brighton Neighborhood Association and was later the organization's Co-Executive Dirictor. He was also active in Kiwanis Inernational and a board member of the Shorefront Y. He was instrumental in bringing youth programs to the shorefront community. Mr. Samuels died in 1989.
John and Dorothy Maguire Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of 79th Street and Fifth Avenue
Honoree: John Maguire was one of the founders of the Bay Ridge Ambulance Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) and was a successful attorney. He joined the Marine Corps in the 1940’s and served in World War II. A trained EMT, he along with other civic leaders formed BRAVO, composed entirely of volunteers, to help relieve the city’s overworked 911 emergency system in the early 1970’s. BRAVO is still active today. (Gentile)
John Cortese Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:7th Avenue
Location:Between 7th Street and 8th Street
Honoree: John Cortese (d. 2014), a Korean War veteran, he ran J.J. Cortese Fancy Fruit and Vegetable Market until he retired in 1998. He served as the president of the 7th Avenue Merchants Association and was instrumental in its founding in the 1980s. He was also well known for his leadership of the Park Slope Baseball League for 53 years. He was the annual organizer of the Little League Parade marking the opening of the Little League season in Prospect Park. Mayor Koch honored him as the Commissioner of Prospect Park Baseball and a baseball field in the park was named in his honor. He served as president of both the 72nd Police Precinct Community Council and Sing Out Brooklyn. (Lander)
John Davenport Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:17th Street
Location:Between 10th Avenue and Prospect Park
Honoree: John Davenport was Chairman of Community Board 7’s Public Safety Committee and President of the 72nd Precinct Community Council. He was also a leader of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, and a facilitator to the Brooklyn Irish-American Parade Committee.
John F. Antoniello Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:41st Street
Location:Between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue
Honoree: Following his service in World War II, John and his younger brother Michael purchased an existing hardware store on the corner of 41st Street and 8th Ave. Home Hardware remains one of the oldest businesses on 8th Avenue, serving the community for over 60 years.
John F. Denton Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:East 92nd Street
Location:Between Flatlands Avenue and Avenue J
Honoree: John F. Denton (1899-1985) was a longtime resident and historian of Canarsie. His column, “Little Old Canarsie”, ran in the “Canarsie Courier” for many years. He devoted most of his life to recording and documenting the history of 19th and early 20th Century Canarsie.
John G. Scarangella Park (Brooklyn)
Present name:None (commonly known as Shady Park)
Location:Area …between Avenue U and Avenue V and West 13th Street and Stillwell Avenue
Honoree: John Scarangella graduated from Lafayette HS and, as a youngster, often played in this park. He was a 12-year veteran of the NYPD when, on April 16, 1981, he and his partner spotted and pursued a van matching one seen in connection with several burglaries. It stopped. The two occupants jumped out of the van and shot the police officers through the windshield of their patrol car before fleeing again in the van. P.O. Richard Rainey, though wounded, was able to radio for help. P.O. Scarangelle, severely injured, died of his wounds on May 1, 1981. The killers were later caught, tried and sentenced to 25-years-to-life for murder and attempted murder.
John J. DeMartini Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 74th Street and 6th Avenue
Honoree: John J. DeMartini (1930-2003) was a public school teacher for over 30 years. He also served as chairman of Community Board 10, chairman of its Zoning Committee, and a member of its Traffic Committee. Beyond his civic activities, he was deeply involved in the parish of St. Ephrem’s where he was a lector for over 25 years.
John J. McCarthy Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the southeast corner of Royce Street and Avenue U
Honoree: John J. McCarthy (1971-2016), a master plumber by trade, is best known for his prodigious work in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, installing new water heaters and boilers, at cost, to storm-stricken residents. After helping hundreds of residents of Bergen Beach, he began helping people in Gerritsen Beach as well. McCarthy was long active in the Knights of Columbus, through which he led numerous charity events, raising funds and awareness for veterans, including Wounded Warriors; and for services to Autism and other special needs children. He was also an active member of the Mill Basin/Bergen Beach Lions Club, where he participated in its programs to provide help for individuals with vision loss. (Maisel)
John Lewis Steptoe Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Monroe Street
Location:Between Ralph Avenue and Howard Avenue
Honoree: John Lewis Steptoe (1950-1989) was an award-winning author of children’s books. In 1969, at the age of 18, his first book ‘Stevie,’ based on his childhood at 840 Monroe Street in BedStuy, received national attention when it was published in its entirety in Life magazine. In his 20-year career, he illustrated 16 picture books, ten of which he also wrote. He hoped that his books would lead children, especially African-American children, to feel pride in their origins. Since his death Public School 181 has been named the John Lewis Steptoe School. His book ‘Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters’ was honored by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 Great Children’s Books of the last 100 Years, snd has also been adapted as a play. (Mealy)
John Malone Park House (Brooklyn)
Location:An existing park house building in McGuire Park
Honoree: John Malone (1936-1991) was president of Malone and Sons Florist, a family business. In 1978, he gained permission to create additional ball fields on parkland adjacent to McGuire Park He and other volunteers gave hundreds of hours to build the complex. In 1981, he founded the Bergen Beach Youth Organization (BBYO). It runs youth sports programs in baseball, softball, hockey, tennis, football, soccer and volleyball, as well as programs for seniors.
John Mulhern Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of South 4th Street and Hewes Street
Honoree: John Mulhern co-founded and volunteered at the Southside Community Mission. He also, became involved with the Young Christian Workers, formed in the late 1950’s to spearhead community projects. In 1970, he left the priesthood and worked in the Lindsay Administration’s Office of Neighborhood Services where he was instrumental in founding the Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation. Later he worked with the Nuestros Ninos Child Development School, a program serving approximately 600 children, from infants to fifth-graders. (Reyna)
John P. Salogub (Brooklyn)
Present name:Paerdegat Avenue North
Location:Between Avenue J and East 77th Street
Honoree: John P. Salogub (1948-2011), was Commander of VFW Post 59 and a member of American Legion Post 573. He was president of the 69th Precinct Community Council, where he organized youth baseball programs, as well as Commander of Flotilla 11-02 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Jon Kest Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Nevins Street
Location:Between Livingston Street and Flatbush Avenue
Honoree: Jon Kest (1955-2012) was a founder of the Working Families Party, a multi-state organization that advocates for paid sick leave, affordable housing and living-wage jobs. He was the co-founder and executive director of New York Communities for Change, and also head organizer of New York Acorn, a community organization of low and moderate-income families. He organized a 2012 strike by the city’s fast-food workers; and a “squatting drive” in which East New York residents took over hundreds of apartments in abandoned buildings, securing city agreement to convert the buildings into low-income housing. As a labor organizer, he was involved in efforts to unionize home day care workers and car wash workers, and to win better working conditions for members of the city’s workfare force. (Lander and Levin)
Jonathan Nigro Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:West 2nd Street
Location:From Avenue P to Quentin road
Honoree: Jonathan Nigro (1973-2000) graduated from Lafayette H.S. and Saint Francis College. He was getting his Masters in Business Administration when he was stricken with leukemia. As a result of his illness and death, more than 1,000 people registered as Bone Marrow Donors and a fund was established at North Shore Hospital, benefiting the Bone Marrow Transplant Room.
Jose “Tuffy” Sanchez Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Union Street and Columbia Street
Honoree: Jose “Tuffy” Sanchez (1933-2005) was a Korean War veteran and a community leader in Red Hook. In the early 1960’s, he became co-owner of the 3&1 Social Club in Brooklyn. He was a pioneer in promoting Latin music, in clubs and concerts in many of NYC's dance hall venues. In the late 1960s, he established the Teen Canteen which provided neighborhood youth with jobs and opportunities. He helped organize street concerts on Baltic Street in 1965, 1970 and 1976. He founded the nonprofit Puerto Rican Waterfront Corporation, funded under President Johnson’s War on Poverty, as well as the Neighborhood Youth Corps., a city -funded summer program. He helped create the Independent Neighborhood Democrats in Red Hook and campaigned against the destruction of the Columbia Waterfront neighborhood for a proposed Port Authority container port. (Lander)
Jose A. Perez Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the northeast corner of 3rd Street and Prospect Park West
Honoree: Jose A. Perez died on April 27, 1994. He was killed in the line of duty while responding to another officerâ€™s request for help. He was an outstanding and devoted man of peace. Officer Perez was posthumously awarded the New York Police Department Purple Shield Medal for his sacrifice. (Lander)
Jose Sucuzhañay Place (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Kossuth Place
Honoree: Jose Sucuzhañay, the co-owner of a real estate agency in Bushwick, was the victim of a hate crime. When he was walking home with his brother early one morning, three men began shouting anti-gay and anti-Hispanic slurs. When Jose threatened to call the police, he was severely beaten with a baseball bat and died a few days later.
Joseph A. Ferris Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the southeast corner of 7th Avenue and 3rd Street
Honoree: Joseph A. Ferris (1934-2020) was a five-term NYS Assembly Member from Brooklyn, He fought against redlining and chaired the Science and Technology Committee, where he advocated for projects utilizing reusable energy. He also co-founded the Slope Independent Democrats which would become the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, an important civic organization today. After his time in the Assembly, he stayed through the Park Slope Civic Council, the Kensington Community Council, both which he also co-founded, and the Magnolia Tree Institute. All remain important community organizations to this day. Afterwards, he remained active in the community, testifying at community board hearings, working as a substitute teacher, and advocating for local issues ranging from manufacturing jobs to City Council term limits. Additionally, he worked to preserve important cultural touchstones, namely the Old Stone House in Washington Park, and helped found the Brooklyn Irish-American Day Parade. He passed away from COVID-19. (Ferris)
Joseph John Hasson III 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Location:From Shore Road and 92nd Street to 82nd Street and Colonial Road
Honoree: Joseph John Hasson III (1967-2001) working for Cantor Fitzgerald. When the World Trade Center was attacked for the first time in 1993, he led co-workers down 105 flights of stairs to safety. He died in the second attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Josephine Diana Blvd. (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 17th Avenue and 72nd Street
Honoree: Josephine Diana (1954-2004) migrated to the United States with her parents in 1955 and settled in Bensonhurst. She married and had three children, all of whom attended Our Lady of Guadalupe School where Josephine was an active volunteer all through her children’s education.
Jude Safi 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Location:West side of the intersection of 12th Avenue and 74th Street
Honoree: Jude Safi (b. 1976) worked for the firm of Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Judge Charles J. Beckinella Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:President Street
Location:Between Smith Street and Hoyt Street
Honoree: Charles J. Beckinella (1904-1982) was elected to the State Assembly in 1937 and as Judge of the Municipal Court in 1944. In 1955 he was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County by Governor Averill Harriman and was elected to another term as a Supreme Court Justice in 1968. In his career of 51 years, 43 were in elected office. Judge Beckinella lived on President Street from 1946 until his death..
Julian Brennan Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Prospect Park West
Location:Between 14th Street and the circle on the southwest corner of Prospect Park
Honoree: Lance Corporal Julian T. Brennan, USMC, was killed on January 24, 2009 by a roadside bomb blast during a combat mission in Afghanistan’s Farah Province. He was 23 years old.
Justice Arthur M. Schack Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Ridge Boulevard and 89th Street
Honoree: Arthur Schack (d. 2014) was known as a “champion for the little guy” in foreclosure cases.A former teacher at Bay Ridge High School, he became a judge when he was elected to the Kings County Criminal Court. He served as legal counsel to the Major League Baseball Players Association and president of the Kings County American Inn of Court. In 2008, he refused to allow 13 out of 14 foreclosures, dismissing 12 cases outright. In 2009, he dismissed nearly half of the foreclosures brought to court which earned him respect from struggling homeowners. He served on Community Board 10 from 1983 to 1998 and served as chair for three years. He was a member of the Stars and Stripes Democratic Club. (Brannan)
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