NYC Honorary Street Names
"G" Honorary Streets: The Bronx
Georgina Soccodato Way (Bronx)
Present name:Morris Park Avenue
Location:From White Plains Road to Hunt Avenue
Honoree: Georgina Soccodato (1946-2000) was a clothing store owner and community leader in the Morris Park area. She was vice-president of the Morris Park Business Association, coordinator of the Morris Park Civilian Patrol and served for 17 years as the coordinator of The Bronx Columbus Day Parade. She also became Executive Director of the Morris Park Local Development Corporation, and served on the boards of numerous business, civic and charitable organizations.
Gloria D. Alexander Way (Bronx)
Present name:Digney Avenue
Location:Between East 233rd Street and Bussing Avenue
Honoree: Gloria D. Alexander (1932-2008) had a 20- year career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Institute. She was a member of the Northeast Bronx Democratic Club, and also of the 47th Precinct Council, Community Board 12, the Williamsbridge NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, the 47th Precinct Clergy Coalition and the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Adventures Club.
Gloria Wise Way (Bronx)
Location:Donizetti Loop at the corner of Baychester Avenue
Honoree: Gloria Wise (1937-1993) was the founding Executive Director of the Youth Activities Committee (YAC), the predecessor agency to the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club.
Governor Felix Watt IV Place (Bronx)
Present name:Barnes Avenue
Location:East 217th and East 218th Streets
Honoree: Governor Felix Watt IV (1926-1999) was a member of Community Board 12 and active in local politics. After becoming blind at the age of 53, he obtained a B.A. from Columbia University, became a guidance counselor, and was Secretary of the Board of the Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS).
Grace Belkin Way (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of West 246th Street and Henry Hudson Parkway
Honoree: Grace Belkin (1930-2013) was District Manager of Community Board 8 from its inception, under the 1977 City Charter, and remained in that post for 30 years. She was instrumental in the formulaion of stable zoning to match the character of CB8's neighborhoods and the preservation of its Special Natural Area District. Mindful of classroom overcrowding, she opposed the use of the City’s property adjacent to the Kennedy Campus for anything other than school construction. She successfully advocated for CB 8 to have its own local salt storage for quick access by Sanitation’s snow crews. She sheperded many capital budget projects to fruition, including reconstruction of the retaining walls along Johnson Avenue and Palisade Avenue. (Cohen)
Gregorio Luperón Way (Bronx)
Location:At the southern corner of Burnside Avenue
Honoree: Gregorio Luperón (1839-1897) was a hero of the struggle for Dominican independence from Spain. After being arrested for his participation in the resistance, he managed to escape to the United States. In 1863, he returned to participate in the uprising of Sabaneta and later a full-scale revolution against the Spanish forces. On July 11, 1865, Spain gave the country its independence. In 1876, Luperón became Minister of War and Navy. He was later president of an interim government, based in Puerto Plata and established a liberal regime. (Cabrera)
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