NYC Honorary Street Names
"A" Honorary Streets: Manhattan
A. Philip Randolph Boulevard (Manhattan)
Present name:West 145th Street
Location:Between the western corner of Edgecombe Avenue and Riverside Drive
Honoree: A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979),organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and was a key figure in both the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement. He took a stand against segregation in the Armed Forces, calling on blacks to refuse to register for the draft. This led to President Truman’s crucial 1948 Executive Order barring discrimination in the military.
Abe Lebewohl Park (Manhattan)
Present name:St. Mark's Park
Location:Park at northwest corner of East 10th Street and Second Avenue.
Honoree: Abe Lebewohl (1931-1996) came to the US after surviving World War II and years in a displaced-persons camp. In 1954 he opened a delicatessen at Second Avenue and 10th Street. It was patronized by actors and patrons of the Yiddish Theatre, then in its waning days, and later become a popular East Village dining spot, On March 4, 1996, at age 64, Abe Lebewohl was killed in a robbery.
Actors’ Equity Corner (Manhattan)
Location:Northeast corner of 46th Street and 7th Avenue
Honoree: The Actors’ Equity Association represents over 45,000 actors and stage manager in the United States.
Adolph S. Ochs Street (Manhattan)
Present name:W 43rd St
Location:Between Broadway and 8th Ave
Honoree: Adolph S. Ochs (1858-1935) began working at age 11 as a paper carrier and by 1878 was publisher of the Chattanooga (TN) Times. In 1896 he learned that the then-struggling New York Times might be for sale. He acquired controlling ownership that year and built the Times into one of the world's most respected newspapers. The paper is still controlled by his descendents. At the time of this naming the newspaper's offices were at 229 West 43rd Street, which was was built during Ochs' tenure.
African Burial Ground Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Elk Street
Location:between Duane Street and Chambers Street
Honoree: Marks the location of the largest colonial-era cemetery for enslaved Africans in America. It was unearthed in 1991 during construction o f a Federal building at 290 Broadway.
Al Jolson Way (Manhattan)
Location:Between West 51st Street and West 52nd Street
Honoree: Al Jolson (1886-1950) was a popular singer and actor, in film and on Broadway, for nearly 30 years. Although sometimes labeled a racist because of his use of “Blackface,” a stage convention in the early 20th Century, he was popular among African-Americans. He was known as an outspoken supporter of equal rights and opportunity for black performers in the entertainment industry.
Albert and Dorothy Rose Blumberg Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of 168th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
Honoree: Albert Blumberg (1906-1997), a philosophy professor, was an official of the Communist Party for several years before joining the Democratic Party and becoming a a district leader. His wife, Dorothy Rose Blumberg was an author best known for her works, “Whose What” and “Florence Kelly.” Together, they helped change the cultural and political landscape of Northern Manhattan. They helped lead the creation of various senior centers and organizations advocating for senior citizens, including Seniors Helping Seniors. They were also instrumental in helping organized the 1199 Union Retirees. In the political arena, they brought together the coalition that spearheaded political change in Northern Manhattan and led to the creation of the 10th Council District in the City Council, resulting in the election of the first elected official in the United States of Dominican decent. (Rodriguez)
Albert Blumburg Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of 168th Street and Broadway
Honoree: Albert Blumberg (1906-1997) was a philosopher, associated with the movement known as logical positivism, as well as a political activist. He was chairman of the Philosophy Department at Rutgers University and author of the widely used textbook, “Logic: A First Course.” Before teaching at Rutgers, he had been a Communist Party member and was cited for contempt in 1940 for refusing to name party members to House and Senate committees. In his later years he became a Democratic party leader in upper Manhattan and an advisor to officials including Councilman Stanley E. Michels, Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell Jr., State Senator Franz S. Leichter and Mayor David N. Dinkins. In 1977 he was elected leader of the 71st Assembly District. He is also remembered as having fought to give the growing Dominican population of Manhattan a chance to enter politics. (Rodriguez)
Alejandro Cordero Way (Manhattan)
Present name:164th Street
Location:Between Broadway and Fort Washington Avenue
Honoree: Alejandro Cordero worked at Marsh & McLennan in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Alexander Felix Place (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of West 161st Street and Riverside Drive
Honoree: Alexander Felix (1976-2007), a long-time resident of Washington Heights, was an Auxiliary Officer for the 30th Precinct from 1996 until 2004. In June 2004, he joined the NYPD. In 2007, he was accepted into the elite Manhattan North Grand Larceny Unit. He was killed by a drunk driver on the morning he was supposed to start with his new unit.
Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the northeast corner of East 122nd Street and 3rd Avenue
Honoree: Alfredo Armenteros (1928-2016), or “Chocolate” as he was affectionately known, was a renowned Afro-Cuban trumpeter. He was born in Cuba, where he established a reputation and made his first recordings. After the Cuban Revolution he moved to New York where he continued his career as a performer, composer and arranger. "Chocalate" played with the likes of Arsenio Rodriguez, Cachao Lopez, Beny More, Machito, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Larry Harlow, Tito Rodriguez, as well as Machito & His Afro-Cubans. He delivered dynamically rich and lyrically vibrant music to the Latino community for seven decades. (Mark-Viverito)
Alice Kornegay Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Lexington Avenue
Location:Between East 124th Street and East 131st Street
Honoree: Alice Grace Wragg Kornegay (1930-1996) was President of the Community Association of the East Harlem Triangle, Inc. which, under her direction, was responsible for the creation of many units of housing in the area bounded by Fifth Avenue, the East River, East 124th and East 132nd Streets.
Altagracia Diloné Levat Way (Manhattan)
Present name:166th Street
Location:Between St. Nicholas Avenue and Audubon Avenue
Honoree: Altagracia Diloné Levat (1957-2014) was the director of the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, where she initiated and oversaw programs of classical and folkloric music, dance and art reaching more than 1,000 children. She also held positions at the Women's Project Theater in Manhattan, and the Clay Arts Center in Port Chester. She served as vice president for communications and marketing at Legal Momentum, a legal defense and education organization focused on women's rights; as associate dean of New York Law School, the first Dominican-American of that rank in the United States; and as assistant dean at Pace University Law School. She wass a consultant at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, a board member of the Alliance of Dominican Classical Artists, and a pro bono advisor to the printmaking collective Dominican York Proyecto Gráfica. (Rodriguez)
Alvin Ailey Place (Manhattan)
Location:Northwest corner of 55th Street and 9th Avenue
Honoree: Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) was a major American choreographer and founder of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He danced in film and in several Broadway productions before founding the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958. It has performed around the world and continues to be one of America's leading dance companies. Its studios are located at 405 West 55th Street. This name was originally applied in 1993 to West 61st Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenues, the previous location of the company's studios.
Angelo Del Toro Place (Manhattan)
Present name:East 106th Street
Location:Between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue
Honoree: Angelo Del Toro (1947-1994) was elected to the NYS Assembly in 1974 and represented his East Harlem community for the next 20 years. He was instrumental in the creation of Hostos Community College in the Bronx, the renovation of Boricua College in Manhattan and the establishment of Touro College in East Harlem.
Anna Sokolow Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Christopher Street
Location:Between 6th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue
Honoree: Anna Sokolow (1910-2000) had a long and illustrious career as a modern dancer and choreographer She taught dance in Greenwich Village and was on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music. Anna Sokolow lived on this block at 1 Christopher Street for about 50 years.
Anthony T. Dwyer Street (Manhattan)
Present name:West 35th Street
Location:between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue
Honoree: On October 17, 1989 Police Officer Dwyer and two fellow officers responded to a burglary at a McDonald’s on Seventh Avenue. Officer Dwyer pursued one of the suspects to the roof, where the suspect pushed him over a small ledge into a 40-foot deep airshaft. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died.
Apostle William Brown Way (Manhattan)
Location:Northeast corner of 116th Street and Lenox Avenue
Honoree: Apostle William Brown (1933-2009) founded Salvation and Deliverance Churches Worldwide, a non-denominational, multicultural ministry in 1975. It is now located at 37 West 116th Street, a six-story building that has been the church’s home since 1978. Apostle William Brown was called to the ministry in the late 1960s after evangelizing for a number of years and leaving a highly successful career as a corporate executive. Since the establishment of the church in 1975, he had over 250 churches in the United States and across the world. The Salvation and Deliverance Churches operate day care centers, clinics, Christian schools, one of the largest Christian resorts on the east coast, Bible Colleges and a transportation enterprise. Its outreach ministry that feeds and clothes the hungry and homeless. Apostle Brown was a member of Larry Jones Feed the Children program and launched 'Christ Not Crack' and 'Hope Not Dope' campaigns when drug addiction was at its highest in Harlem, and hosted revivals in the park preaching the Word of God. His ministry built hospitals and medical clinics in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Zambia, Liberia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Argentina, Jamaica and Haiti. (Perkins)
Ari Halberstam Memorial Ramp (Manhattan)
Location:The southerly entrance ramp to the Bklyn Bridge, beginning at the merger of FDR Dr and Pearl St at Gold St and continuing to the merger with the Park Row entrance to the Bklyn Bridge
Honoree: Aaron "Ari" Halberstam (b. May 6, 1977) and three other Hasidic students were shot on March 1, 1994 traveling with 15 oher Hasidic youths in a van returning from a prayer vigil for the late Lubavicher Rebbe, Menachem Scneerson, who was then in a coma. Ari died four days later from a wound to his brain. Three other students were also shot but survived.
Ariel Russo Place (4 Years Old) (Manhattan)
Present name:West 97th Street
Location:Between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway
Honoree: Ariel Russo was 4 years-old when she was killed on a sidewalk in June 2013 when an unlicensed teen driver jumped the curb while fleeing from the police and struck her. Records indicated a four-minute delay between the time EMS received the 9-1-1 call and the time an ambulance was dispatched. Her death led to the enactment of new procedures in the tracking of emergency response times. Her death was also a factor in the redesign of Amsterdam Avenue into a safer street.
Arlington “Ollie” Edinboro Playground (Manhattan)
Location:Playground within St. Nicholas Park at 140th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
Honoree: Ollie Edinboro (1916-1990, a World War II veteran and an outstanding basketball coach, served for over 40 years as a Recreation Director for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Armando Perez Place (Manhattan)
Present name:East 9th Street
Location:Between Avenues B and C
Honoree: Armando Perez (1948-1999) was the co-founder, with Carlos Garcia, of the Real Great Society, a gang outreach and community empowerment organization. It organized over 30,000 youths around the country to stop fighting and to work on addressing the needs of their communities..
Art Kane: Harlem 1958 Place (Manhattan)
Present name:East 126th Street
Location:Between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue
Honoree: This co-naming commemorates the 60th Anniversary of a black-and-white photograph that has become an iconic image in the history of jazz and of Harlem. Titled 'Harlem 1958,' it shows 57 musicians, including nearly all of the most famous jazz figures of that era, gathered in front of 17 West 126th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. It was taken on August 12, 1958 by freelance photographer Art Kane (1925-1995) for Esquire magazine, which published the photo in its January 1959 issue. The image has come to be called A Great Day in Harlem, which is actually the name of the 1994 Oscar-nominated documentary about the photo. (Perkins)
Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill Place (Manhattan)
Location:the intersection of West 88th Street and West End Avenue
Honoree: Cuban-born Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill (1921-2001) was a classically trained composer, who in the 1950s pioneered the musical art forms known as Afro-Cuban Jazz and Afro-Latin Jazz. Mr. O’Farrill lived at 574 West End Avenue for nearly 40 years.
Assemblywoman Geraldine L. Daniels Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the northeast corner of 132nd Street and Lenox Avenue
Honoree: Geraldine Daniels (1938-2012) was a member of the New Era Democratic Club, executive member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club, and later represented Harlem's 70th Assembly District for 12 years. During her tenure, she secured funding for Harlem schools, chaired the Sub-Committee on Preventative Health Care and ensured that Harlem Hospital received its own licensing. She was the first African-American woman to chair a standing committee in the Assembly and chair the Majority Steering Committee. These accomplishments made her the first African-American woman to be significantly incorporated into the Majority Leadership. She was also a member of the New York Branch NAACP, the National Association of Negro and Business Professional Women, and the Eastern Star Prince Hall Temple. (Perkins)
Aux P.O. Eugene Marshalik Corner (Manhattan)
Location:At the southwest corner of Sullivan Street and Bleecker Street
Honoree: Eugene Marshalik was tragically killed in the line of duty on March 14, 2007. He was an Auxiliary Police Officer in the Sixth Precinct for just over a year. A native of Russia, he was attending New York University while aspiring to attend law school and be a prosecutor or an F.B.I. Agent.
Aux P.O. Nicholas Pekearo Corner (Manhattan)
Location:At the northeast corner of Sullivan Street and Bleecker Street
Honoree: Nicholas Pekearo was tragically killed in the line of duty on March 14, 2007. He was an Auxiliary Police Officer in the Sixth Precinct for 4 years.
Avenue of the Immigrants (Manhattan)
Present name:Allen and Pike Streets
Location:between Houston Street and South Street
Honoree: Allen and Pike Streets, and the neighborhoods that overlap across it, Chinatown and the Lower East Side, have been an important corridor for immigrant settlement from the early 1800s through the 1960s.
Avenue of the Strongest (Manhattan)
Present name:Worth St
Location:Between Broadway and Centre Street.
Honoree: This 1996 naming honored the employees of the NYC Department of Sanitation, whose headquarters was then at 125 Worth Street. It was in appreciation of their work in clearing snow and ice from city's streets during the record-breaking winter of 1995 in which the city experienced 16 snowstorms that left a total of 7.5 feet of snow.
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