NYC Honorary Street Names
"N" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn
Nathan and Ida Handwerker Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the southwest corner of Surf Avenue and Stillwell Avenue
Honoree: Nathan Handwerker (1892-1974) came to New York from Poland in 1912. He worked at Feltmanís German Gardens restaurant in Coney Island for 4 years before opening what became Nathanís Famous in 1916. Ida Handwerker (1897-1976) came to the U.S. as a teenager and began working at a food stand in Coney Island. She was hired by Nathan and it was her unique spice blend that set the hot dogs at Nathanís Famous apart from the competition. The two eventually married and worked in their Coney Island restaurant for over 50 years until they retired in 1971. The original location of Nathanís Famous remains iconic, even as the restaurant expanded into a chain in the 1960ís. The hot dog that Nathan and Ida created and the green and yellow sign are recognizable symbols of Americana throughout the world. (Treyger)
Nicholas J. Sciarra Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:43rd Street
Location:Between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue
Honoree: Mr. Sciarra, a graduate of Bishop Ford H.S. and St Francis College, began working at the Brooklyn Borough President's Community Board unit in 1975. In 1988, he became District Manager for Community Board 7 in Sunset Park. He served in that post until his untimely death on September 22, 1993.
Nicholas Naquan Heyward, Jr. Park (Brooklyn)
Present name:Gowanus Park
Location:Wyckoff Street between Bond Street and Hoyt Street
Honoree: Nicholas Nequan Heyward, Jr. (1981-1994) was playing with a realistic-looking toy rifle when he was shot by a police officer. His death led to new regulations on the design of toy guns.
Nicholas Polonski Walk (Brooklyn)
Present name:North 6th Street
Location:between Driggs Avenue and Bedford Avenue
Honoree: In the 1970s Nicholas Polonski (1916-1999), a decorated veteran of World War II, led the fight against S&S Corrugated Paper Machinery when the City condemned 92 apartments to prevent S&S from moving its jobs elsewhere. Although the houses were destroyed, Polonski and others formed the Northside Community Development Council to fight for replacement housing, a senior citizens center and to protect their neighborhood. It is still providing services to its community.
Nicky Antico Jr. Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:76th Street
Location:Between 14th and 15th Avenue
Honoree: Nicky Antico Jr. (1969-2005) lived much of his life on 76th Street. He worked for the NYC Department of Transportation. On November 22, 2005, while working on a roadway repair in a marked work zone, he was struck by a hit-and-run driver and died four days later.
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