NYC Honorary Street Names
"S" Honorary Streets: The Bronx
Sergeant Jose Velez Avenue (Bronx)
Location:Intersection of 156th Street and Courtlandt Avenue
Honoree: Sergeant Jose Velez (1970-2006), a truck driver, joined the Army Reserve in 2004. He was killed in the line of duty in Kirkuk, Iraq when an explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
Sergeant Keith A. Ferguson Way (Bronx)
Present name:Ely Avenue
Location:Between Hammersley Avenue and Adee Avenue
Honoree: Keith A. Ferguson (1965-2004) served with the New York City Police Department for 17 years. He was on patrol in lower Manhattan as part of the NYPD anti-terrorism unit when he heard a foot patrol officer calling for assistance in chasing a suspect. While running to assist the officer in the chase, Sergeant Ferguson suffered a heart attack and died. In June 2005, he was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Purple Shield Medal (King)
Sgt. Paul J. Tuozzolo Way (Bronx)
Present name:Bolton Avenue
Location:Between Story Avenue and Lafayette Avenue
Honoree: Paul Tuozzolo was a 19-year veteran with the New York City Police Department, assigned to the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx. Tuozzolo, 41, was killed in the line of duty in November 2016 while responding to a violent custody dispute. His killer, an ex-convict had invaded the home of his estarnged wife and was attempting to flee in his car when Tuozzolo and a partner approached. Tuozzolo saw that the man had a gun and warned his partner moments before he himself was shot. (Palma)
Sister Thomas, S.C Way (Bronx)
Present name:Southern Boulevard
Location:Between Longwood Avenue and Barretto Street
Honoree: Sister Miriam Thomas (1933-2014) joined the Sisters of Charity in 1951 and began teaching in Longwood’s Saint Athanasius Parish in 1967. In 1968, she co-founded the South East Bronx Community Organization which would later build a 105-unit affordable housing development. From 1972 to 2004 she worked as the administrator of the multi-service Simpson Street Development Association, an organization servicing the youth and families. She was also involved with the South East Bronx Community Association which helped rebuild residential parts of Hunts Point and Longwood which were devastated during the late 1960’s and 1970’s by arson (Arroyo)
St. Augustine Way (Bronx)
Present name:Franklin Avenue
Location:Third Avenue and East 168th Street
Honoree: The designation honers the 150th anniversary of St. Augustine Catholic Church, at 1183 Franklin Avenue, the oldest Catholic Church in the Bronx. It was built in 1849 by mostly German and Irish immigrants
St. Philip Neri Way (Bronx)
Present name:Villa Avenue
Location:Between Bedford Park Boulevard and East 204th Street
Honoree: Honors the Church of St. Philip Neri, founded in 1898, and the St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic School, opened in 1913.
Steve Mercado Stickball Boulevard (Bronx)
Present name:Stickball Boulevard a/k/a Newman Avenue
Location:Between Randall Avenue and Lafayette Avenue
Honoree: Steve Mercado (b. 1963-2001) was one of 342 members of the FDNY who died on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. He was widely known for his efforts to promote stickball as a sport, establishing leagues in the Bronx and across the country. He also served on Community Board 9 and coached at the Bronx YMCA. =
Supervising Fire Dispatcher Dennis Patrick O’ Connell Place (Bronx)
Present name:East 180th Street
Location:Between Bronx Park Avenue and Devoe Avenue
Honoree: Dennis Patrick O’ Connell (1952-2008), at age 11 became president of FDNY Explorer Post 588 and rode with Engine 88 during the “Bronx is Burning Years.” In 1973, he joined the FDNY as a Fire Alarm Dispatcher and contributed to saving many lives over the next 37 years. He was also a bagpiper in the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drum Band and a Den Leader for Cub/Boy Scouts Troop 211.
Susan Caserta Playground (Bronx)
Present name:Odell Playground
Location:Playground adjacent to P.S. 106 and bounded by Purdy and Odell Streets and St. Raymond Avenue.
Honoree: Susan Caserta (nee Boyarsky), born in Manhattan in 1939, was the mother of three children who attended PS 106 and JHS 127 in the Bronx. She spent 20 years in service to these schools and the surrounding community. She was an active member and president of the P.S. 106 Parents Association; a Girl Scout leader; and coached and managed the Parkchester Little League girls' softball team. Ms. Caserta died of lung cancer in 1994.
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