NYC Honorary Street Names
"W" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn
Walt Whitman Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Dekalb Avenue and Ryerson Street
Honoree: Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, journalist and essayist who is considered one of America’s most influential poets. He published "Leaves of Grass," a landmark in American literature. He worked as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War which inspired him to write a collection called Drum Taps, in connection with the experiences of soldiers. (Cumbo)
Walter L. Johnson Corner Developer of Dyker Heights (Brooklyn)
Location:Southwest corner of 82nd Street and 11th Avenue
Honoree: Walter L. Johnson (1873-1953) developed Dyker Heights in 1895. He built houses, installed gas lines and planted sugar maple trees. In September 1899, he donated the land on which St. Philips Episcopal Church was built.
Warren L. Samuels Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Emmons Avenue
Location:Between Nostrand Avenue and Haring Streeet
Honoree: Warren L. Samuels (1940-2002) was Community Affairs Director for the New York City Department of Transportation and was also active in a remarkable number of civic and charitable organizations in Brooklyn. For more than 15 years, he was a key figure in organizing the New York City Marathon and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
William “Bill” Bernstein Parkway (Brooklyn)
Location:Southwest corner of Avenue M and Ocean Parkway
Honoree: William Bernstein (b. 1957) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
William Sunners Playground (Brooklyn)
Location:South side of Avenue H between East 48th 49th Streets.
Honoree: William Sunners (1904-1988), who lived for more than 50 years at 1269 East 49th Street, was a master maker and solver of puzzles. Educated at Hunter College and NYU, he taught in public high schools for 30 years. In 1960 he retired to write professionally. Ultimately, he wrote over 100 books on puzzles and related subjects, and created many crossword puzzles for the New York Times. Sunners was also active in his community. He lobbied vigorously for the creation of the playground now named for him.
Willie McDonald Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Warren Street
Location:Between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue
Honoree: Willie McDonald (d. 2008), was involved with feeding the homeless for over 30 years. He was also a very active member of Community Board 2 and Vice President of the Warren Street Houses Tenant Association.
Woody Guthrie Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Mermaid Avenue
Location:Between West 35th Street and West 36th Street
Honoree: Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912-1967) was an American folk musician who wrote hundreds of songs, including "This Land Is Your Land," "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You," "Grand Coulee Dam," "I Ain't Got No Home" and "Dust Bowl Refugees." During the Great Depression, he lived on the road, hitchhiking and riding the rails across the West and Midwest, singing songs to anyone who would listen. In 1934, he published his first book of original songs and shortly after moved to Los Angeles, where he hosted a radio show on KFVD. In 1940, he moved to New York where he performed on network radio, wrote a column for the Communist newspaper The Daily Worker, performed at strikes and rallies, and recorded songs for the Folkways label. From 1943 until 1945, he was with the U.S. merchant marine on vessels carrying troops and supplies to the United Kingdom, Italy and Africa. He died in 1967 from Huntington's Disease. In 1988 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. (Treyger)
World War II Heroes Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Shore Boulevard
Location:Between Neptune Avenue and Cass Place
Honoree: This renaming honors the numerous veterans of World War II residing in Brooklyn and the New York Metropolitan Area. .
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