NYC Honorary Street Names
"B" Honorary Streets: Manhattan
B.C. Fred Scheffold Place (Manhattan)
Present name:3rd Avenue
Location:Between East 124th and 125th Streets
Honoree: Battalion Chief Fred Scheffold (b. 1943) was assigned to the 12th Battalion located at 3rd Avenue and 124th Street and had served the community of East Harlem for a number of years. He died in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
B.C. Joseph Marchbanks Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 124th Street
Location:Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues
Honoree: Battalion Chief Joseph Marchbanks (b. 1954) joined the NYFD in 1979. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in 1997 and transferred to the 12th Battalion, located at 124th Street and Third Avenue. He was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Barnard Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of 116th Street and Broadway
Honoree: Barnard was established in 1889 in a rented brownstone at 343 Madison Avenue. It was named for Frederick A. P. Barnard, the recently deceased president of Columbia, who had argued for the admission of women to his institution but had been overruled by the Trustees. They did however, agree to accept an affiliated women's college. Barnard College moved to its present site in 1897. Although Columbia went co-ed in 1983, and Barnard women can enroll in courses at Columbia, Barnard has remained an autonomous institution. This co-naming marks its 125th anniversary. (Levine)
Barnett Newman Triangle (Manhattan)
Location:Church Street, Avenue of the Americas and Walker Street
Honoree: Barnett Newman (1905-1970) was leading painter and sculptor of the Abstract Expressionist School. A New York City native and a graduate of its public schools and City College, he was among the artists who helped to shift the center of the Western Art world from Europe to New York. (RGPR)
Basil A. Paterson Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the southeast corner of 135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard
Honoree: Basil A. Paterson (1926-2014) was a lawyer, civil rights leader and public official. He served as President of the NAACP - New York City Branch and in 1965, was elected to the New York State Senate. His support, while a Senator, for the right of public employees to strike led to a career as a specialist in labor law. In 1970 he won the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor. It was only the second time in U.S. history that an African-American was nominated for a statewide office on a major party tickets. In 1972, Paterson was elected Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. In 1979, he became the first African-American to serve as Secretary of State of New York. (Perkins)
Bella Abzug Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the northwest corner of Bank Avenue and Greenwich Avenue
Honoree: Bella Abzug (1920-1988) was a leading liberal activist and politician, especially known for her work for women’s rights. From 1971 to 1977 she represented Greenwich Village and other parts of lower Manhattan in Congress. She lived and worked at 37 Bank Street for over 40 years. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 1947 and began a civil rights law practice, opening a Day Care Center in her first office at the Duplex on Christopher Street. As a Congresswoman, she was active in labor law; a founder of the National and State New Democratic Coalition; and helped create the Women Strike for Peace Movement. In 1975, she made history when she introduced the first gay rights bill in Congress. She spoke out against poverty, racism and violence and was co-chair of the National Advisory Committee for Women. In 1977, she made a bid for mayor but lost to Ed Koch in the primaries. She helped found the National Women’s Political Caucus, and wrote legislation making it illegal to discriminate against women trying to get credit, credit cards, loans and mortgages. She also co-authored the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts. In 1994 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. (Johnson)
Benjamin Ward Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Baxter Street
Location:Between Worth Street and Walker Street
Honoree: Benjamin Ward (1926-2002) was the first African-American New York City Police Commissioner under Mayor Koch. He served as a police officer beginning in 1951 when he became the first African-American officer assigned to Brooklyn’s 80th Precinct. He rose through the ranks over the years to lieutenant and eventually served as special legal counsel to Police Commissioner Howard R. Leary. He later was named a Deputy Police Commissioner of Trials, Deputy Commissioner of Community Affairs and Traffic Commissioner in 1973. He then became Chief of the New York City Housing Authority and the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections before becoming the 34th Police Commissioner. (Chin)
Bernard Baruch Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 25th Street
Location:Third Avenue and Lexington Avenue
Honoree: Bernard Baruch (1870-1965) was a leading Wall Street financier. During World War I, he withdrew from business to head the War Industries Board and later played active roles in the administrations of Presidents Harding, Hoover, and Roosevelt. City College’s School of Business and Public Administration was named for him in 1953.
Bernard H. Mendik Corner (Manhattan)
Location:Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 51st Street
Honoree: Bernard H. Mendik (d. 2001) was a leading figure in New York’s real estate industry and chairman of the Grand Central Partnership.
Bernice Singletary Square (Manhattan)
Location:East 106th Street between First Avenue and the Service Road of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, the Service Road of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive from East 106th Street to East 105th Street, East 105 th Street between First Avenue and the Service Road
Honoree: Bernice Singletary (1932-2004) came to New York with her husband in 1958 and worked with Marionat Bridal Veils, Inc. as a seamstress and later at the Board of Education as a paraprofessional from 1968 until her retirement in June 1995. She was president of the Woodrow Wilson Tenant Association for over 30 years. .
Bernie Wohl Way (Manhattan)
Location:Northeast corner of West 88th Street and Columbus Avenue
Honoree: Bernard Wohl (1930-2006) led Goddard-Riverside Community Center for 26 years and was instrumental in securing its new facilities. He also contributed so much of his time and energy in improving the West Side and the conditions of those less fortunate, including serving on Community Board 7.
Beulah E. Sanders Way (Manhattan)
Location:Northwest corner of Columbus Avenue and West 92nd Street
Honoree: Beulah Sanders (1938-1984) was a founding member and later Chair of the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO). During the Nixon administration, she and the NWRO were active in the face of new federal work requirements for welfare. She fought to get the voices of those on welfare, particularly urban mothers, heard by the senate committee shaping the legislation. She was chair of the NWRO at a time when many conservatives sought to further curtail welfare. In New York, she led a march of nearly 2,000 mothers through the rain to demand long-awaited clothing vouchers for children before the school year started. In 1967, when the clothing grants had stalled, she confronted Mayor John Lindsay on the steps of City Hall. These actions garnered significant media attention and gave momentum to the NWRO. With support from labor groups, tenants organizations and anti-Vietnam activists, she helped build and eventually led, the largest welfare rights group in the United States. She also attended peace conferences in war-torn parts of the world, such as Vietnam. In 1968, she and NWRO, provided Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his associates with a basic understanding of the welfare system. Welfare reform quickly became an integral part of Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign provided a strong link between the civil rights and anti-poverty movements. (Rosenthal)
Big Apple Corner (Manhattan)
Location:Southwest corner of West 54th Street and Broadway.
Honoree: John J. Fitz Gerald (1893-1963), who lived nearby, was a turf writer for the Morning Telegraph. He was the first to popularize "The Big Apple" as a nickname for New York. In the 1920s, on assignment in New Orleans, he heard the term used by black stablehands and adopted it for his horseracing column. It was also the name of a popular dance in the 1930s but faded from public consciousness after World War II. As a nickname for New York, it was revived in the 1970s by Charles Gillett of the New York Convention & Visitors Bureau, now known as NYC & Company.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters Boulevard (Manhattan)
Present name:30th Street
Location:Between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue
Honoree: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York City (BBBSNYC) was founded in 1904 as the first formalized mentoring program in the United States. Today there are 450 Big Brother Big Sisters Agencies nationwide and an additional 50,000 organizations that mentor.
Bill Graham’s Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Second Avenue
Location:Between 6th Street and 7th Street
Honoree: Bill Graham (1931-1991) founded and operated two of rock music's most celebrated venues, the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and the Fillmore East in New York. Born in Berlin in 1931, he was among a group of children evacuated to the United States to escape the Holocaust. A decorated veteran of the Korean War, he settled in San Francisco where, in 1965, he became manager of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. This led to a career organizing benefit concerts on behalf of such causes as African Famine Relief, the United Farm Workers, and Amnesty International. The Fillmore East, originally a Yiddish Theatre and later a movie house, stood at 105 Second Avenue. Under Graham's management it was a major rock venue from March 1968 to June 1971.
Billie Holiday Place (Manhattan)
Present name:139th Street
Location:Between Malcolm X Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
Honoree: Billie Holiday (1915-1959 ) was an American singer, who began her musical career in Harlem, known equally for her difficult life and her emotive, poignant singing voice. She is considered one of the greatest jazz voices of all time.
Bishop Arnulfo Romero Way (Manhattan)
Location:Intersection of 179th Street and Fort Washington Avenue
Honoree: Bishop Arnulfo Romero (1917-1980) was ordained in April 1942. He spoke against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture in El Salvador. He was a popular preacher who responded with real compassion to the plight of the poor. For 25 years, he gave dedicated pastoral service to the diocese of San Miguel. He was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence. Thirty-five years later, he was declared a martyr of the Church, killed out of hatred of the faith and was beatified on May 23, 2015. (Rodriguez)
Bishop Dr. Ezra Nehemiah Williams Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 120th Street
Location:Between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
Honoree: Bishop Dr. Ezra Nehemiah Williams (1929-2009) was Senior Pastor of Bethel Gospel Assembly from February 1966 until February 2000. During his tenure as Senior Pastor he established Urban and Global Mission Alliance, Inc. in 1998. He was former National President and Presiding Bishop of the United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God (UPCAG). (Dickens)
Bishop Joseph H. Bell Sr. Way (Manhattan)
Present name:922 Saint Nicholas Avenue in front of Bethel Holy Church
Honoree: Bishop Joseph H. Bell, Sr. (1927-2015) was both a respected religious leader and an outstanding educator in the New York City public schools. He was pastor of Bethel Holy Church as well as the President and Senior Bishop of the Mount Sinai Holy Church of America, Inc., a Pentecostal denomination with approximately 90 churches in the United States and abroad. As an educator, he distinguished himself in the 1950s as one of the first African-American physics and chemistry teachers in the Bronx. He served in the Science Departments at the Food Trades Vocational High School; James Kieran Junior High School; Christopher Columbus High School; and the Adult Evening High Schools of New York City. In November 1971, he was appointed principal of Olinville Junior High School in the Bronx where he served for 12 years. (King and Levine)
Bishop Preston R. Washington, Sr. Street (Manhattan)
Present name:West 115th Street
Location:between St. Nicholas Avenue and Lenox Avenue
Honoree: Bishop Preston R. Washington Sr. (1948-2003) was senior pastor of Memorial Baptist Church from 1976. In tandem with MBC he confounded the House of Hope, a development for single parents and their children.. In the 1980’s, Washington cofounded Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HJCCI), an interfaith consortium of over 90 congregations committed to the physical redevelopment of Harlem. He served as its president and CEO from 1986-2001.
Bishop R. C. Lawson Place (Manhattan)
Present name:West 124th Street
Location:Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard.
Honoree: Robert Clarence Lawson (b. 1883) founded the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith in Harlem in 1919. In 1945, the church moved from 133rd Street to a former theater on 124th Street, and was renamed the Greater Refuge Temple.
Bishop William Lee Bonner Square (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of West 124th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
Honoree: William Lee Bonner (1921-2015) was pastor of the Greater Refuge Temple Church (GRT) in Harlem and Chief Apostle of the Churches of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He was a renowned Pentecostal Leader who became the pastor of the GRT in 1961. He served as senior prelate of the General Assembly of the Churches of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. Under his administration, the assembly grew from 155 churches in 1961, to over 500 churches and missions throughout the world. In 1995, he established the W. L. Bonner College which provides educational opportunities in religious studies and Christian ministries. (Dickens)
Blessed Edmund Rice Street (Manhattan)
Present name:West 124th Street
Location:Malcolm X Bouevard and Mount Morris Park West
Honoree: Edmund Rice (1762-1844) devoted his life to the education of poor children, and in 1802 founded the Christian Brothers to continue his work. Ignatius Rice High School was opened in 1938 on West 124th Street. In 1996 he was given the title "Blessed Edmund Rice," the first step in the process of being declared a saint.
Bobby O’Shea Way (Manhattan)
Location:SW corner of West 207th Street and Seaman Avenue
Honoree: Bobby O’Shea (b. 1964), an employee of Carr Futures, was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Brandon Romero Plaza (Manhattan)
Location:At the northwest corner of West 19th Street and Ninth Avenue
Honoree: Brandon Romero was killed while helping his cousin move out of an abusive boyfriend’s apartment. When his cousin’s boyfriend showed up at the apartment with a gun, Mr. Romero tried to wrestle the gun away from the boyfriend. He was killed in the altercation. (Quinn)
Brian Patrick Monaghan Way (Manhattan)
Location:the southwest corner of the intersection of West 218th Street and Seaman Avenue
Honoree: Brian Patrick Monaghan (b. 1980) was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Bruce Reynolds Way (Manhattan)
Location:at Park Terrace East south of 215th Street
Honoree: Port Authority Police Officer Bruce Reynolds was killed on September 11, 2001 while attempting to rescue victims trapped in the World Trade Center. Despite respiratory problems, he ran onto the scene to save as many lives as possible. At his death he was 41 years old and had served with the Port Authority Police for fifteen years. Police Officer Reynolds was a longtime resident of Inwood. Prior to joining the Port Authority police he had been a park ranger with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. In 2002, a garden in Isham Park was named in his honor. (Rodriguez)
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