NYC Honorary Street Names
"C" Honorary Streets: Manhattan
Captain James McDonnell Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of East 152nd Street and Prospect Avenue
Honoree: Captain James F. McDonnell (b. 1939) died on October 20, 1985 from injuries he received on October 11th while fighting a fire at 634 Prospect Avenue. While operating on the fourth floor, Captain McDonnell sensed the ceiling was about to collapse. He pushed two of his men into the hallway but the burning ceiling came down on him, trapping him. Before he could be pulled out sixty-five percent of his body was burned and he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. He was awarded the James Gordon Bennett Medal and the Doctor Harry M. Archer Medals for sacrificing his life while saving the lives of two of his men. (Mark-Viverito)
Captain Patrick J. Brown Walk (Manhattan)
Location:A walkway located within East River Park between East 14th Street and East 18th Street
Honoree: Captain Patrick J. Brown, age 48, of Ladder Company 3, was a 23-year veteran of the FDNY, was killed during rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Captain Terrance S. Hatton Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 43rd Street
Location:Between 10th and 11th Avenues
Honoree: Captain Terrance S. Hatton of the NYFD was killed on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Captain William F. Burke, FDNY Street (Manhattan)
Present name:East 40th Street
Location:between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue
Honoree: William F. Burke (b. 1955) died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Captain William Thompson Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:Lafayette Street
Location:Corner of Franklin and Lafayette
Honoree: Captain Thompson (b. 1950) was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue victims trapped in the World Trade Center.
Carlos Cooks Way (Manhattan)
Location:Intersection of 166th Street and Broadway
Honoree: Carlos Cook (1913-1966) was a proponent of the ideology of Marcus Garvey. Following Garvey's death in 1940, Cook strove to carry out Garvey's vision. He founded the first so-titled African Nationalist organization and gave lectures on Africanism for over 20 years. He was included in the New York Age newspapers and was described as part of the advance division of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Cook's ambitions would push him to dreams of creating programs inside a Marcus Garvey Memorial Building that would benefit the Harlem community. Unfortunately, with pushback from the City of New York, his programs would be stopped and the memorial demolished before its completion. Before his passing, Cook managed to influence many well known leaders such as Charles Kenyatta, Ed "Porkchop" Davis, and Malcolm X. (Rodriguez)
Carmen Georgina Acosta-Cruz Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the northeast corner of Broadway and West 180th Street
Honoree: Carmen Georgina Acosta-Cruz [dates?] was an activist in the fields of education, labor and health care. She was born in the Dominican Republic, and came to New York with her parents in 1965. After graduating first in her class from Mother Cabrini High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering from City College and a bachelor's degree in Labor Law from Queens College. She served as president of the Asociacion de Mujeres Progresistas, launching two programs that were very close to her heart: Play Street and Dance Exercise. She served as labor activist for the 1199 SEIU with honor, compassion, and integrity. Carmen was an active member of the People's Health Movement, a worldwide network of grassroots health care activists. Carmen was also an active member of the Organizacion Dominicana por la Salud, bringing medication/medical equipment to the underprivileged population. She was a pioneer in the struggle for equality of rights for men and women, regardless of their sexual orientation, and was an advocate for the LGTB Marriage Equality Campaign. (Rodriguez)
Carmen Giorgina Acosta-Cruz Way (Manhattan)
Location:Northeast corner of Broadway and West 180th Street
Honoree: Carmen Giorgina Acosta-Cruz (dates?) was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to New York with her parents in 1965. After graduating first in her class from Mother Cabrini High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering from City College and a bachelor’s degree in Labor Law from Queens College. She served as president of the Asociación de Mujeres Progresistas, launching two programs that were very close to her heart: Play Street and Dance Exercise. She was a labor activist for the 1199 SEIU and was an active member of the People's Health Movement, a worldwide network of grassroots health care activists. Carmen was also an active in the Organización Dominicana por la Salud, bringing medication/medical equipment to the underprivileged. She was a pioneer in the struggle for equal rights for men and women, regardless of sexual orientation, and was a committed advocate for the LGTB: Marriage Equality Campaign. (Rodriguez)
Charles Hamilton Houston Boulevard (Manhattan)
Present name:155th Street
Location:From Edgecombe Avenue to the McCombs Dam Bridge
Honoree: Charles Hamilton Houston (1895-1950) played a critical role in dismantling the Jim Crow Laws of many states. He was the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review and, as leader of the Howard University School of Law was responsible for its evolution into a fully accredited law school.
Charlie Palmieri Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the northwest corner of East 112th Street and Park Avenue
Honoree: Charlie Palmieri, a composer and arranger, was a leading figure in Latin and Latin Jazz music in New York City and Puerto Rico from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. He was a frequent collaborator and confidante of many of the giants of Latin music including Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Vicente Valdez. He taught music for many years at the Johnny Colon Music Program in East Harlem. (Mark-Viverito)
Charlie Parker Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Avenue B
Location:Between 7th and 10th Streets.
Honoree: Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr. (1920-1955) was one of the leading jazz musicians of the 20th Century. A saxaphonist, he was famed as the founder of bebop music. Early in his career h acquired the nickname "Yardbird," often shortened to "Bird," He lived at 151 Avenue B during the height of his career in the 1950s.
Cherry Lane (Manhattan)
Present name:Commerce Street
Location:between 7th Avenue and Barrow Street
Honoree: Commerce Street, it is said, was originally called “Cherry Lane” because of the abundance of cherry trees in the vicinity. The Cherry Lane Theater is a venue for acclaimed and emerging playwrights and a laboratory for the development of new works.
Cheyenne Baez Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West side of Lexington Avenue
Location:Between 127th Street and 128th Street
Honoree: Cheyenne Baez (1993-2010), an honor student who mentored youth about gangs and peer pressure, was herself a victim of gun violence when she was fatally shot in the courtyard of Alice Kornegay Houses.
Children’s Court Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East 22nd Street
Honoree: The Children's Court originated in 1902 as a part of the Court of Special Sessions, and was initially located in a building that stood at Third Avenue and 11th Street. It marked a significant advance in the humane treatment of troubled children and juvenile offenders. In 1915, the Children's Court became a separate judicial entity and on August 16, 1917, it opened its first session in a new courthouse at 137 East 22nd Street. This designation marks the Centennial of that opening. The Children's Court became part of the Family Court in a Statewide court reorganization in 1962. The former Children's Court building, erected 1912-16, is now part of the Baruch College campus of the City Unversity of New York. (Mendez)
Clyde Frazier, Jr. Boulevard (Manhattan)
Present name:Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard
Location:Between 143rd Street and 144th Street on the west side of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard
Honoree: Clyde Frazier, Jr. (b. 1960) worked for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Columbia Street-Abraham E. Kazan Street (Manhattan)
Present name:Abraham E. Kazan Street
Location:Between Delancey Street and Grand Street
Honoree: Abraham E. Kazan (1889-1971) was a pioneer in the development of cooperative housing in New York City. This block of Columbia Street was renamed for him. The change resulted in some confusion among cab drivers, delivery men, etc. This action restores Columbia Street as a co-name.
Commissioner Lin Ze Xu Square (Manhattan)
Present name:East Broadway
Location:Oliver Street and Catherine Street
Honoree: Lin Ze Xu (1785-1850) was appointed by the Emperor in 1838 as Imperial Commissioner to eradicate opium, which was being sold in increasing amounts in China by the East India Company. He confiscated and destroyed 2.6 million pounds of opium, igniting the Opium War with Britain. China lost the war but Lin Ze Xu became a symbol of moral resistance to the invasion of drugs.
Cooper Stock Way (Manhattan)
Location:Northwest corner of West End Avenue and West 97th Street (300 Block)
Honoree: Cooper Stock was 9 years-old when he was struck and killed in 2014 by a taxi cab driver who failed to yield to a pedestrian. His death prompted legislators to review legislation that would amend the city’s administrative code to allow, pending an investigation, for suspension and automatic revocation of a TLC license if a driver kills or maims someone as a result of a failure to yield. (Rosenthal)
Cornell Edwards Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 13th Street
Location:Between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue
Honoree: Cornell Edwards (1932-2011) was a leader in the Third Avenue Artists, Tenants and Businessmen’s Association; founded the East 13th St. Block Association; chaired Community Board 3’s Land Use/Housing Committee; and was a trustee at Mother A.M.E. Zion Church.
Corporal Juan M. Alcantara Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the corner of 186th Street and Wadsworth Avenue
Honoree: Corporal Juan M. Alcantara (1984-2007), who lived in Washington Heights, was killed in the line of duty in Iraq on August 6, 2007. He was posthumously promoted to Corporal and awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.
Count Basie Place (Manhattan)
Present name:160th Street
Location:Between St. Nicholas Avenue and Edgecombe Avenue
Honoree: Count Basie (1904-1984) lived for part of his life at 555 Edgecombe Avenue. He was a musician and band leader of world renown. Mr. Basie’s prominence, which began in the big band era of the 1930’s and ‘40’s, continued up until the time of his death.
Court Officer Memorial Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Lafayette Street
Location:Between White and Leonard
Honoree: This street name change honors the New York State Court Officers who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Cus D’Amato Way (Manhattan)
Present name:14th Street
Location:The south side of 14th Street Between Fourth Avenue and Irving Place
Honoree: Constantine "Cus" D'Amato (1908-1985) was arguably the most famous boxing trainer and manager of the 20th Century. Among his students were Floyd Patterson, Jose Torres and Mike Tyson. For more than 50 years he worked out of the Gramercy Gym, located at 116 East 14th Street at Irving Place.
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