NYC Honorary Street Names
"J" Honorary Streets: The Bronx
J.W. Smith Way (Bronx)
Location: Southeast corner of Mickle Avenue and Givan Avenue
Honoree: John Smith (1948-2017) joined Grace Baptist Church in 1995, and served in many positions of responsibility. In March 2005 he was ordained into the Grace Deacons’ Ministry and served multiple terms as President of the Men’s Ministry. He was a charter member of the Men’s Choir and the Peace Keepers; a member of the Laymen’s Unified Missionary Baptist Association; as well as an active member of the Usher’s Ministry, the Veteran’s Ministry, and President of the Transportation Ministry. In this position, he coordinated transportation for disabled and elderly members, and served as a driver and youth advisor during the Youth’s Midnight Run, driver for the Annual Sunday School Retreat, as well as the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention. For several years, he recruited members for the Annual Toy Drive, and was Spiritual Advisor for the Station of Hope (Prison) Ministry. He served on the boards of the Ujamaa Community Development Corporation; two foundations; and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a group of volunteers trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response. He was also active in the 47th Precinct Community Council. (King)
Jahi Williams-Simmons Way (Bronx)
Location:Intersections of Newbold Avenue with Virginia Avenue and with the Cross Bronx Expressway Service Road
Honoree: Jahi Williams-Simmons (1952-2013) was the co-founder and chair of Survival Instinct-The Network, Inc. (SITNET), a not-for-profit organization that promotes cancer awareness, early detection and screening. He introduced “Our Personal Care,” which provided those in need with transportation to and from cancer screening appointments. He was responsible for the first organized annual cancer walk in the Bronx and was instrumental in the inaugural children’s cancer walk. He also founded A.L.I.A., where he gave guitar lessons and taught youth about the arts (Palma)
James V. Downey Way (Bronx)
Present name:Mosholu Avenue
Location:Between West 254th Street and West 256th Street
Honoree: James V. Downey, a 40-year employee of the FBI, founded and led the North Riverdale Baseball League, a model for youth baseball and softball programs in the Bronx and elsewhere.
Jerrold Windman Path (Bronx)
Present name:Van Cortlandt Ave East
Location:Bounded by East Mosholu Parkway North and East Mosholu Parkway South
Honoree: Mr. Windman (1935-1994) was the long-time Deputy Director of Labor Relations for the New York Fire Department. Within his community he was on the public safety committee of Community Board 7, served in the Auxiliary Police for 31 years, helped organize tenant associations, coached the Mosholu-Jerome Junior Baseball League, and was active in the Decatur Democratic Club.
Jewish War Veterans of the USA and Ladies Auxiliary (Bronx)
Present name:Pelham Parkway South
Location:Between White Plains Road and Cruger Avenue
Honoree: The Jewish War Veterans of the USA was founded in 1896. I replaced the former Hebrew Union Veterans, which had been formed to protect the civil rights of Jewish soldiers of the Civil War. As of 1994, the JWV had 50,000 members nationwide including 1,000 in the Bronx. Its Ladies Auxiliaries had 25,000 members nationwide with 600 in the Bronx.
Joanne Webb-Dixon Way (Bronx)
Present name:Trinity Avenue
Location:Between East 161st Street and East 163rd Street
Honoree: Joanne Webb-Dixon (1944-2017) had been a member of Bronx Community Board 3 since 2003 and was chair of its Health Committee. She also served on the Usher Board, United Methodist Women, and the Port Washington Community Partnership Board of Directors. She was a member of the Tried Stone Baptist Church and served as a Trustee, Church Controller, and on the Political Action Committee. She later served on the Steward Board and the Health Ministry at Christ Church. She was active in the Parkchester Branch of the NAACP, SDFSCA Community School District Twelve Advisory Council , the Big Brother/Big Sister Program, the Taino Lions Club, the Woodstock Terrace Board of Directors. She was also Vice President of the NYPD 42nd Precinct Community Council Inc. and an active supporter of the Williamsbridge Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (Gibson)
Joe Blandino Way (Bronx)
Present name:Bogart Avenue
Location:Between Morris Park Avenue and Van Nest Avenue
Honoree: Joe Blandino (1964-2018), widely known as Big Joe, was an alumnus of Iona Preparatory School class of 1982. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1991. His family lived in the Bronx until they moved to Florida when he was 17 years old. While in Florida, he worked at the family-owned Expresso Pizzeria, was a part of the Treasure Coast Opera Society, and coached football at John Carrol High School. When he was 23, he moved back to the Bronx where he was a well-known photographer and video editor for Martone Brothers’ Photography for over 30 years. He was very involved in his children’s schooling, playing Santa Claus every year at their school during Christmas, volunteered with the drama club, was a member and president of the Father’s Club, and volunteered as a chef for school barbecues and other charity events. He was also a member and served as an umpire for the Bronx Umpire Alliance, was a member of the Italian-American Club, the Morris Park Association, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Kiwanis Club and also volunteered at Calvary Hospital. (Gjonaj)
Joe Perez Way (Bronx)
Present name:Cypress Avenue
Location:Between 138th Street and 139th Street
Honoree: Joe Perez (1950-2012) was a campaigner for clean air and co-founded The South Bronx Clean Air Coalition, Inc.
John “Boy Wonder” Isaacs Way (Bronx)
Present name:Hoe Avenue
Location:Between East 173rd Street and East 174th Street
Honoree: John Isaacs (1915-2009), who played professional basketball with the all-black New York Renaissance (Rens) other teams, was a youth mentor and recreation counselor at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx for over 40 years.
John C. Flynn Way (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of East 182nd Street and Grote Street
Honoree: Rev. John C. Flynn (1929-2012) was ordained in 1955. After an initial assignment in Westchester County, he worked at the Church of Saint Raymond in Parkchester during the 1960?s and 1970?s. He then moved to Venezuela where he spent several years ministering to poor families and learning Spanish before returning to the Bronx. He offered a helping hand to the neediest people in the Bronx and started a campaign called Save a Generation which included offering education and job training to high school dropouts, walking the streets trading crucifixes for guns. He lobbied for more low-cost housing and for saving community gardens. In the late 1970s, when the South Bronx was filled with crime, he joined local activists to help tenants who were living without heat or hot water for weeks at a time. Memorably, he also talked a man out of jumping off a roof and saved his life. (Torres)
John Cifichiello Way (Bronx)
Present name:Mace Avenue
Location:From Bronxwood Avenue to Williamsbridge Road
Honoree: John Cifichiello (1906-2000) a Navy veteran of World War II, was a member of Community Board 11 and Chair of its Parks Committee for many years. He also served as Commander of his Catholic War Veterans Post, volunteered at the Kingsbridge V.A. Hospital, organized blood drives for St. Lucy’s church, was a coach and later president of the Pelham Parkway Little League, and was a volunteer at the New York Botanical Gardens until his death. .
John M. Collins Place (Bronx)
Present name:Review Place
Location:Between 238th Street and Van Cortland Park South
Honoree: John M. Collins (b. 1958) was a member of the NYFD. He was killed on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
Jonathan M. Levin Way (Bronx)
Present name:East 172nd Street
Location:Between Sheridan and Morris Avenues.
Honoree: Jonathan Levin, born in 1966, attended schools in Manhasset and Graduated from Trinity College. In 1993 he began teaching at William Howard Taft HS. He was a dedicated teacher, popular among students and colleagues. He entered a graduate teaching program and received his MA from NYU in 1995. In June 1997 he was killed by one of his own students in an attempted robbery. His father, Gerald Levin, was Chairman and CEO of Time-Warner.
José Francisco Peña Gomez Boulevard (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue
Honoree: Jose Pena Gomez (1937-1998) was born in the Dominican Republic to parents of Haitian descent. He was orphaned as an infant in a massacre ordered by dictator Rafael Trujillo. He was raised by a peasant family who gave him their name. After studying political science in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico,he became the press secretary of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, and later its secretary-general. The Party’s leader, Juan Bosch, led the opposition to the Trujillo dictatorship. Bosch was elected president in 1962 but was ousted by a coup in 1963. Taking refuge in France, Pena Gomez studied at the University of Paris and later at Harvard University and Michigan State University. While in exile, he sought to obtain international condemnation of human rights violations in the Dominican Republic. In 1982, he was elected mayor of Santo Domingo. (Cabrera)
Joseph P. Spor, Jr. Way (Bronx)
Present name:Belmont Avenue
Location:Between East 182nd Street and East 183rd Street
Honoree: Firefighter Joseph P. Spor, Jr. (b. 1966) died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
Juanita Hamilton Place (Bronx)
Present name:Crotona Park East
Location:Between Wilkins Avenue and Prospect Avenue
Honoree: Juanita Hamilton (1937-2015) was a community organizer at Labor Bathgate Housing Organization, and also worked in the research department at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center. She served as treasurer of Community Board 3 as well as its chair of Human Health Resources. She spearheaded sponsorship of CB 3’s Health Fairs; as well as its healthy walking and blood pressure monitoring programs. She was board president of the Labor Bathgate Child Care Center; a board member of the Villa Hermosa housing development; an executive member of New Directions In Community Revitalization Inc., and a member of Bronx Branch NAACP and Good Will Baptist Church. She was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star and held several high positions in that organization. (Gibson)
Judge Benjamin F. Nolan Way (Bronx)
Present name:Williamsbridge Road
Location:Pelham Parkway South and Morris Park Avenue
Honoree: Benjamin Francis Nolan (1917-1996), who lived near here, was a Civil Court judge from 1971 until he reached mandatory retirement age in 1987. He continued in public service as a member of the City Council Redistricting Commission and served as a Judicial Hearing Officer until his death.
Judge Hansel L. McGee Place (Bronx)
Present name:East 165th Street
Location:Between Boston Road and Forest Avenue
Honoree: Hansel L. McGee (1926-2002) was an attorney, Director for Bronx Legal Services, a Bronx Civil Court judge, and a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx. After his retirement, he served as Board Chairman of the Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Center, the Morrisania Revitalization Corporation, the African-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and was active in numerous other social, charitable and educational organizations. He was instrumental in creating the Harriet Tubman Charter School in 2001, the first charter school approved by NYS Board of Regents.(Gibson)
Julio Infante Way (Bronx)
Present name:East 181st Street
Location:Between Ryer and Valentine Avenue
Honoree: Julio Infante was an active parishioner of Saint Simon Stock Church, a member of Community Board 5 and an advocate for youth development in his neighborhood. He volunteered and donated resources of countless community events and charity projects throughout his life, such as paying for Christmas lights to decorate the 46th Precinct during the Holiday Season and catering Community Board 5’s Children’s’ Christmas Party. He chartered buses for the youth basketball team and financed a trip to Florida so that the players could participate in a basketball tournament. (Torres)
Julio Torres Place (Bronx)
Present name:Bryant Avenue
Location:Between East 179th Street and Boston Road
Honoree: Julio Torres (1933-2004) was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he moved his family to the Bronx and became involved with the Simpson Street Development Association. Shortly thereafter, he began his career as a Peace Officer for the Health and Hospitals Corporation. He retired in 1995 after 25 years of service.
Junior Feliz Way (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue
Honoree: Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (2002-2018) was killed in a gang-related incident in which police believe he was mistakenly targeted. The suspects were members of the Los Sures set of the Trinitarios street gang who were going to attack another set of Trinitarios called Sunset. The suspects spotted Lesandro and chased him until they cornered him at a bodega and killed him. He was a member of the NYPD's Explorers Program, an organization that aims to teach teens and young adults the importance of self-discipline and furthering education through training and community service projects. The NYPD and the Police Foundation have set up the Lesandro Guzman-Feliz Memorial College Fund. It provides two $5,000 scholarships each year to members of the Explorers Program to be used toward tuition and school supplies upon enrollment in an accredited college. (Torres)
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