NYC Honorary Street Names
"T" Honorary Streets: The Bronx
The Chantels Hit Record “Maybe” (Bronx)
Present name:Prospect Avenue
Location:Between 165th Street and 166th Street
Honoree: “Maybe” by The Chantels was written by Arlene Smith when she was 16 years old. It was recorded at a church in midtown Manhattan in October 1957, while the group were all still in high school at St. Anthony of Padua in the Bronx. The song was released in December 1957. It is ranked No. 199 by Rolling Stone on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. (Salamanca, Jr.)
The Chords-Hit Record “Sh-Boom” 1954 (Bronx)
Present name:Jennings Street
Location:Between Prospect Avenue and Union Avenue
Honoree: The Chords, formed in 1951 in the Bronx, consisted of Carl and Claude Feaster, Jimmy Keyes, Floyd “Buddy” McRae and Ricky Edwards. Their 1954 recording of “Sh-Boom” was a United States top ten hit.
The Leona Clardy Way (Bronx)
Location:Corner of Walton Avenue and 177th Street
Honoree: Ms. Clardy (1921-2004) was a life-long resident of the Bronx and was always committed and dedicated to improving the community. She was a soft spoken lady who loved children, who was a drum major for better neighborhood services.
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue (Bronx)
Present name:Bartow Avenue
Location:in its entirety
Honoree: This designation honors the famed civil rights leader (b. 1929) who organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott, led the 1963 March on Washington, and was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The designation applies to the entire length of Bartow Avenue.
Thelma Boyd Boulevard (Bronx)
Present name:East 170th Street
Location:Between Webster Avenue and Third Avenue
Honoree: Thelma Boyd (d. 2005) moved to Morris Houses in 1953 and was a tenant advocate for over 50 years, particularly for residents of Claremont Village.
Thomas E. Brown Avenue (Bronx)
Present name:Baychester Avenue
Location:East 233rd Street and Burke Avenue
Honoree: Thomas E. Brown (1921-1998), who taught instrumental music for 30 years in New York City schools, was a leader in the Baychester community, combating problems such as flooding, prostitution, rat infestation, and unwanted building developments. He also distributed surplus food to needy families and helped youths find summer jobs.
Thomas L. Guess Place (Bronx)
Present name:Clinton Avenue
Location:Between Oakland Place and East 180th Street
Honoree: Thomas L. Guess was a the founder of The Tremont Community Senior Citizen Center, Inc. which is regarded as one of the most outstanding and progressive senior centers in the City of New York.
Throgs Neck Expressway (Bronx)
Present name:Hollywood Avenue
Location:Between Dewey Avenue and the Cross Bronx Expressway
Honoree: For over 40 years the owners of 485 and 489 Throgs Neck Expressway believed this was their legal address. A street sign at the corner read Throgs Neck Expressway, but when the sign fell, the Department of Transportation advised the owners that they actually lived in Hollywood Avenue. Since these residents have long used Throgs Neck Expressway as their address, this stretch of Hollywood Avenue was co-named accordingly.
Timothy R. Sullivan Square (Bronx)
Location:Intersection of West 231st Street and Kingsbridge Avenue
Honoree: Timothy R. Sullivan, a community activist in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, organized many tenant and block associations. His expertise in the field of housing enabled him to help thousands of people over a period of 20 years. He taught himself Spanish so that he could help Spanish-speaking people who moved into the community. In addition to work in tenants' rights, he was a member of Community Board 8 and served on the board of the Riverdale Mental Health Association. He died on September 8, 1989.
Twana Gilliard-Green Way (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of Rogers Place and Dawson Street
Honoree: Twana Gilliard-Green (1973-2015) was a grassroots activist and long-time member of Community Board 2. As a member of CB 2, she fought for affordable housing; improvements to public schools, and safer streets. She organized food drives; fundraising walks to fight diseases; and holiday parties for all in the community. When an intersection at P.S. 60 proved to be an accident danger, she demanded the city add crossing guards. And when they didn’t, she stood in the street herself to direct traffic. Speed bumps have now been installed along the formerly hazardous stretch of street. Ms. Gilliard-Green graduated from Monroe College and worked for the Children’s Aid Society. She and her husband founded the Goodfellaz Autoclub, through which they established charities serving the needy in Hunts Point. (Salamanca)
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