NYC Honorary Street Names
"L" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn
Larry Savinkin Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue
Honoree: Larry Savinkin (1955-2017) came to Brooklyn in 1996 from Odessa, Ukraine. A former computer programmer, he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau and was a Community Liaison for former Congressman Bob Turner and later Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. He was a project manager at the Jewish Association for Serving the Aging (JASA), which serves older adults of all races, religions and economic backgrounds. For over 20 years, he was involved in organizations including the September 11 Family Group, the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District, The Holocaust Memorial Committee, Odessa Community of New York, and Brooklyn's Community Board 13. He also built a 9/11 Memorial at Asser Levy Park in Brooklyn and organized an event every year around 9/11 dedicated to the memory of his son Vladimir and many others. (Deutsch and Treyger)
Laura Gilly Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Avenue T and West 13th Street
Honoree: Laura Gilly (b. 1969) worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Lawrence Brochhausen Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Elm Place
Location:Bounded by Fulton Street and Livingston Street.
Honoree: Lawrence Brochhausen (1947-1994) was active in his Staten Island community, where he was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and a former president of its council. He and his wife volunteered their house to shelter runaway teenagers. He coached Little League teams and a girls' softball team. He also had a distinguished career at the NYC Department of Finance, where he used computer systems to make departmental operations more taxpayer-friendly.
Lawrence P. Dorsey Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Rogers Avenue
Location:Between Fenimore Street and Hawthorne Street
Honoree: In 1970 Lawrence P. Dorsey (1919-2007) became the owner of an art-framing store at 553 Rogers Avenue known as Dorsey’s Picture Frame and Art Gallery. Now the oldest black-owned art gallery in the city, it has developed, mentored and promoted African-American artists.
LCpl. Julian T. Brennan, USMC Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Prospect Park West
Location:Between 14th Street and the circle on the south west corner of Prospect Park
Honoree: Lance Corporal Julian T. Brennan (d. 2009), who grew up in south Park Slope, was killed by a roadside bomb blast during a combat mission in Afghanistan’s Farah Province. He was 23 years old.
Lena Azizo Cymbrowitz Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Northwest corner of Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue
Honoree: Lena Azizo Cymbrowitz (1957-2000), was active in many local organizations. She was on the board of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Treasurer of the Shorefront Jewish Community Council, chairperson of the 60th Precinct Youth Council, and a member of many other civic and charitable groups. In November 1998 she was elected to the New York State Assembly, becoming the first Shepardaic Jew elected to state office. She died on August 21, 2000 while still in office.
Lenny Kobren Circle (Brooklyn)
Present name:East 94th Street
Location:Between Linden Boulevard and Church Avenue
Honoree: Leonard Kobren, a community advocate for over 40 years, served as the treasurer of the East Church Avenue Merchants Association as well as Vice-Chairperson of Community Board 17.
Lenore G. Briggs Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Rutland Road and Rogers Avenue
Honoree: Lenore G. Briggs (1928-2015) founded the Lefferts Gardens Montessori School. Born on the Caribbean island of Grenada, she immigrated to New York City in 1965. In 1973 she opened a home daycare center which grew into a preschool and kindergarten called Mom’s Center for Early Childhood Development Inc.,at 559 Rogers Avenue, later renamed the Lefferts Gardens Montessori School, (LGM). In 2010, the school was expanded from a two classroom to five-classroom operation and continues to expand. (Eugene)
Leonard and Harriet Walit Way (Brooklyn)
Location:The northwest corner of the intersection of State Street and Nevins Street
Honoree: Leonard and Harriet Walit were killed in the gas explosion of their house at 420 State St. They had moved into the house in 1970. They were pioneers in the renovation of Boerum Hill’s old houses and became pillars of the community. Leonard was an accountant. Harriet, a social worker, served on the board of Stepping Stone, a halfway house, and volunteered with the Salvation Army. (See also Khay Cochran Place)
Leslie Lewis Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Wyckoff Street
Location:Between Bond Street and Nevins Street
Honoree: Leslie Lewis (1927-2016), a World War II veteran and former owner of an exhibit construction firm, moved to Brooklyn in the 1980s. Concerned about public safety in his neighborhood, he volunteered with the 84th Precinct Community Council and in 1993 became its president and a public safety liaison for Brooklyn Borough Hall. He was also responsible for the concept of ‘Job Power,’ which he developed as a way to bring together employers and minorities living in urban areas. This plan was pitched to the Department of Labor and he received thanks from President Nixon for his ideas. This concept evolved into the modern-day job fair, a now commonly used method to bring job seekers and employers together. (Levin)
Lester’s Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Southeast corner of Avenue U and Coney Island Avenue
Honoree: Lester Kronfeld (1925-2012) was a dedicated and civic-minded business leader. He served in the United States Navy during WWII on the USS Quincy and participated in D-Day at Normandy. He was also involved in the transport of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference in 1945. In 1948 he founded the well-known "Lester's" clothing stores, known for giving people clothing and allowed them to pay at a later time. His small, family –owned chain eventually grew to six stores, including two in Long Island. He was a regular sponsor of fundraisers for local organizations, churches, schools and synagogues. He conducted fashion shows to raise money for people in need throughout the community. He is remembered for his civic role in the community and for his successful clothing chain stores on Avenue U, which have become landmarks of the Avenue U business strip and employed many neighboring residents. (Deutsch)
Liberty Pole Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:84th Street
Location:Between 16th Avenue and 18th Avenue
Honoree: The New Utrecht Liberty Pole, a National Historic Landmark, has been at this location since November 1783. It commemorates the evacuation of the British from our shores during the Revolutionary War period and is believed to be the only remaining Liberty Pole of its kind in the United States.
Lieutenant Andrew A. Doyle and Corp. Hugh P. Doyle Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:McDonald Avenue
Location:Between Seely Street and Vanderbilt Street
Honoree: Andrew Doyle, a former New York City police officer, was severely wounded on a bombing mission against the Japanese in World War II. He was given the option to remain stateside to publicize blood drives but chose to return to his unit in the Pacific. He never returned. His brother Hugh Doyle entered the Army in 1943 and was killed in action in Germany. [Birthdates in Committee report are incorrect]
Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Park (Brooklyn)
Present name:Satellite Park
Location:At 16th Avenue and 70th Street
Honoree: Joseph Petrosino (1860-1909) was New York City's first Italian-American Police Officer. He was killed in the line of duty while conducting an investigation on assignment in Palermo, Sicily (RGPR)
Lillie F. Martin Lane (Brooklyn)
Present name:Snediker Avenue
Location:Between Livonia Avenue and Pitkin Avenue
Honoree: Lillie F. Martin (1935-2012) was very involved with Anti-Poverty Programs, Youth Action Programs and GED Programs in East New York. She was the first to offer food pantries in East New York. In the 1970s she began mediating gang conflicts by formulating good relationships between the Tomahawks and Unknown Riders. She employed many gang members and encouraged them to get their GEDs. (Barron)
Louis Graziuso Sr. Drive (Brooklyn)
Present name:Rutherford Place
Location:17th Avenue and 18th Avenue
Honoree: Louis Graziuso (1914 1995), owner of Alm Plumbing, often anonymously left food and gifts at the doors of families in need. He belonged to many community and charitable organizations, and was also known for his willingness to help children who were in trouble with the law.
Louis Liotta Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bay 13th Street
Location:Bath Avenue and Cropsey Avenue
Honoree: News photographer Louis Liotta (1921-1997) began his career at 14, tending pigeons that carried film from Brooklyn Dodgers’ games at Ebbets Field to the Acme Photo Agency offices in Manhattan. After serving as a Navy photographer in World War II, he joined the New York Post where he spent fifty years as a photo journalist.
Louis Powsner Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of West 17th Street and Surf Avenue
Honoree: Louis Powsner (1920-2014) grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. After serving in a bomber squadron in World War II, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Long Island University and joined the family retail clothing business in Coney Island. Despite difficult times, including periods of crime and competition from suburban malls, he remained until his retirement in 1994. Powsner served on Community Board 13, the Bensonhurst West End Community Council, the District 21 School Board and was president of the Coney Island Board of Trade and the Joint Council of Kings Board of Trade. He took a firsthand approach to public safety, including assisting in 79 arrests over 71 years. He ran for political office and assisted on numerous campaigns on the local, city and state levels. He was a staunch advocate for small businesses, public safety, housing and other issues impacting the local quality of life. (Tryger)
Louis Valentino Jr. Ballfield (Brooklyn)
Location:Ballfield in Caroll Park, bounded by Caroll, Court, President, and Smith Streets.
Honoree: Louis Valentino, Jr. (1958-1996) was raised in Red Hook and played ball on this field. He joined the NYFD in 1984 and was twice cited for bravery. He was also a lifeguard and certified scuba diver, even after joining the NYFD, he worked 18 summers as a lifeguard at Coney Island. In December 1995, he searched for and rescued a woman from a burning building. Six weeks later he died from injuries sustained when the roof collapsed while he was fighting a fire at an auto body shop.
Louis Valentino Jr. Pier (Brooklyn)
Present name:Coffey Street Pier, also known as Pier 39
Location:at the intersection of E 229th St and Schieffelin Ave
Honoree: See Louis Valentino Jr. Ballfield
Lt Federico Narvaez Tot-Lot (Brooklyn)
Present name:Argyle Road Tot-Lot
Location:Playground at Cortelyou Road and Argyle Road.
Honoree: Federico Narvaez (1956-1996) joined the NYPD in 1979. He served in several precincts as well as with th Narcotics Division, the Warrant Division, and the Civilian Complaint Review Board; and won numerous commendations. He also volunteered many hours of service at his daughter's school, including performing puppet shows. On October 18, 1996 he was fatally shot by a suspect he was trying to apprehend while on patrol in the 70th Precinct.
Lt. Andrew Desperito Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Monitor Street
Location:Between Meeker Avenue and Herbert Street
Honoree: Fire Lieutenant Andre Desperito (b. 1957) died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
Lt. Dennis Mojica Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Z
Honoree: Lt. Dennis Mojica (b. 1950) of the NYFD was killed during fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Lt. Glenn Wilkinson Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Greenpoint Avenue
Location:Between McGuinness Boulevard and Provost Street
Honoree: Fire Lieutenant Glenn Wilkinson (b. 1955) was killed at the World Trade Center during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Lt. Richard A. Nappi Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Morgan Avenue
Location:Between Grattan Street and Thames Street
Honoree: Richard A. Nappi was a parole officer for the New York State Division of Parole, and also worked for several years as a caseworker for Suffolk’s Department of Social Services before joining the FDNY. He was a member of Engine 237 and was a 17-year veteran of the FDNY. He was killed in the line of duty on April 16, 2012 while battling a three-alarm blaze at a Brooklyn warehouse. (Reynoso)
Lucy’s Lane (Brooklyn)
Present name:Just Court
Location:Between Bartlett Place and Cyrus Avenue
Honoree: Lucy Fishman (b. 1965) worked for Aon Corporation at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September, 11 2001.
Luis Peña Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:South 4th Street
Location:Between Driggs Avenue and Bedford Avenue
Honoree: Luis Peña (1946-2005) was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Williamsburg as a child. After serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he was construction manager for the Summit Houses, helping to build affordable housing, as well as, recruiting, hiring and training neighborhood residents in the construction industry. He also founded the Rusty Torres Little League Baseball League.
Luz Yolanda Coca Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Suydam Street and Wilson Avenue
Honoree: Luz Yolanda Coca (1956-2016) was a skilled community organizer and fierce advocate for tenant rights for over 30 years. She began as a volunteer at AmeriCorp’s VISTA, ACORN and was later employed at the Fifth Avenue Committee. She was instrumental in helping local residents stand up against landlords who wrongfully threatened and harassed long-term tenants hoping to displace them. She was also a volunteer organizer at the Bushwick Housing Independence Project, helping tenants who faced eviction. In 2015, she was honored with the Sargent Shriver Award for her life-long commitment and work in Brooklyn. (Reynoso)
Lydia Buffington Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Luquer Street
Location:Between Clinton Street and Hamilton Avenue
Honoree: Lydia Buffington (d. 2013) was a dedicated advocate for the Gowanus and Carroll Gardens neighborhoods. She was the organizer of the annual Court Street Fair, and was instrumental in the formation of the now decade old PumpkinFest, held every October. She advocated strongly for a Business Improvement District. Today, a steering committee is working to form a BID on Court and Smith Streets, which will be an enormous boost to the community she helped create. At the Gowanus Community Development Corporation, she worked as a tenant organizer and an advocate for affordable and senior housing. She served on CB6’s Youth/Human Services/Education Committee and the Economic/Waterfront/Community Development and Housing Committees. (Lander)
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