NYC Honorary Street Names

"K" Honorary Streets: The Bronx

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Kalief Browder Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of East 181st Street and Prospect Avenue
Honoree: Kalief Browder (1993-2015) spent three years at Rikers Island after being accused of stealing a backpack. He never stood trial or was found guilty of any crime and spent two of the three years in solitary confinement. While he was in jail, he tried to commit suicide several times and was repeatedly beaten by correction officers and inmates, all while refusing several plea bargains and maintaining his innocence. Ultimately, prosecutors dropped the charges. However Mr. Browder was unable to rid himself of the damage that was done while imprisoned. His mental health deteriorated and he committed suicide at 22 years of age. As a result of his death, Mayor de Blasio announced an effort to clear backlogs in state courts, reduce the inmate population at Rikers and do away with solitary confinement for 16 and 17 year-olds. (Torres)
Kalyana Ranasinghe Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Wood Road
Honoree: Kalyana Ranasinghe (1941-2013), a native of Sri Lanka, was a NYPD traffic enforcement officer. He was killed in the line of duty in an accident in which he was struck by a street-cleaning truck in Manhattan while writing parking tickets. (Palma)
Kenneth Pontillo Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Gleason Avenue and Zerega Avenue
Honoree: Kenneth Pontillo (1954-2009) was born and raised in the Bronx. He managed and coached thousands of individuals through his thirty-three years as manager of the Castle Hill Little League and created a fun learning environment for kids to develop their passion for the game of baseball.
King Charles Unicycle Troupe Way (Bronx)
Present name:Clinton Avenue
Location:Between East 170th Street and Crotona Park South
Honoree: Jerry King (19081996), who served in the U. S. Army in World War II, became fascinated with the unicycle after seeing a circus as a kid. He began learning to ride one and, soon after, began teaching other kids in his neighborhood how to ride. Eventually, he and his wife put together the King Charles Troupe, which became the first all-African-American act in Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1969. (Gibson)
Kings 5 Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of 216th Street and Barnes Avenue
Honoree: Kings 5 was a community-based basketball organization that served more than 10,000 males, ages 8 to 40 in the northeast Bronx in the 1970s and 80s. It was the longest-running basketball program in the northeast Bronx in that period. Kings 5 was founded by Andy King Sr. to provide neighborhood youth with recreational activity, boost morale and cultivate leadership skills. However, Kings 5 evolved into much more, with weekly meetings for youth to receive school tutoring and motivational coaching, as well as trips outside of the Bronx to meet professional basketball players and role models in the business. Andy King Sr. created a safe haven for youth who were bullied, and his team of coaches were available to counsel youth in trouble. The Kings 5 Basketball Program practiced and played out of Olinville Park, now known as the Agnes Haywood Playground, at East 216th Street and Barnes Avenue in the Bronx. (King)
Kips Bay Blvd. (Bronx)
Present name:1930 Randall Avenue
Location:Between White Plains Road and Pugsley Avenue
Honoree: This co-naming marked the 100th Anniversary of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. It was founded in 1915 to serve youth in the Kips Bay area of Manhattan. In 1969 to moved to the Bronx. Based at 1930 Randall Avenue, it operates facilities and programs for youth at several locations in the Bronx, as well as a summer camp in Tuxedo, N.Y. and a senior center. (Palma)
LL:L.L. 2016/23

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