NYC Honorary Street Names
"D" Honorary Streets: Manhattan
Damian Meehan Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 207th Street
Location:Between Broadway and Seaman Avenue
Honoree: Damian Meehan (b. 1969) worked at Carr Futures in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Dance Theatre of Harlem Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 152nd Street
Location:Between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues
Honoree: Dance Theatre of Harlem serves thousands of people each year through its school, education and community outreach programs and its professional dance company. Since its inception in 1969, it has grown from two professional dancers and 30 children to a globally acclaimed arts institution.
Danny Chen Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Elizabeth Street
Location:Between Canal Street and Bayard Street
Honoree: Danny Chen, born and raised in Chinatown, enlisted in the United States Army and served in Afghanistan. On October 3, 2011, he committed suicide as a result of being hazed and maltreated by several superiors. Eight superiors were later found guilty in connection with his death. On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act which contains provisions requiring the military to take affirmative steps to prevent hazing. (Chin)
Dashane Santana Way (Manhattan)
Location:North side of the intersection of Clinton Street and Delancey Street
Honoree: Dashane Santana was 12 years old when she was killed while crossing Delancey Street at Clinton Street near the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge. Her death, in January 2012, brought attention to pedestrian hazards at this intersection. As a result, the Department of Transportation installed countdown clocks on crossings, increased pedestrian crossing time at four intersections and announced plans to widen sidewalks and create new traffic patterns along the most hazardous stretches of Delancey Street. (Chin and Mendez)
Dave Van Ronk Street (Manhattan)
Present name:West Washington Place
Location:between Barrow Street and Grove Street
Honoree: Brooklyn-born Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was a folk music pioneer. Beyond his expert finger-picking style, he inspired, aided and promoted the careers of several singer-songwriters nurtured in the blues. Although he never achieved the commercial success of his pals Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton, he remained an influential performer on the folk circuit for more than 40 years.
David K. Oing Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 84th Street
Location:between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue
Honoree: David Oing (1994-2004) died an untimely death at the age of 9 on February 7, 2004, one month and nine days shy of his tenth birthday, when he was struck by a vehicle in a parking lot. David lived a very full life. Much of his time was spent playing outside on 84th Street in front of his school, St. Ignatius Loyola Elementary School.
Decorators Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 59th Street
Location:Second Avenue and Third Avenue
Honoree: This street borders the Decoration and Design Building, home to the design and furnishing industry.
Designers Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 58th Street
Location:Second Avenue and Third Avenue
Honoree: This street borders the Decoration and Design Building, home to the design and furnishing industry.
Detective Claude “Danny” Richards Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West Street
Location:Between Morton Street and Barrow Street
Honoree: Detective Claude Richards (b. 1955) a member of the NYPD Bomb Squad, was was killed during fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Detective First Grade Steven McDonald (Manhattan)
Location:At the 86th Street Transverse, Central Park
Honoree: Steven McDonald (1957-2017) joined the NYPD in 1984. In 1986, at the age of 29, he was shot by a 15-year-old boy in Central Park and became paralyzed from the neck down. He forgave his assailant and made many public appearances over the years spreading the message of forgiveness to the public. The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award has been presented each NHL season since 1987-88 to the Rangers player who goes above and beyond the normal call of duty. (Rosenthal and Mark Viverito) [Note: Supersedes designation "Detective Steven McDonald Way"and corrects location from 85th Street Transverse to 86th Street Transverse. The word "Way" is omitted in the new name. In L.L. 237 the location appears in the "Old Name" column.]
Detective Omar J. Edwards Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 123rd Street
Location:Between Second Avenue and Third Avenue
Honoree: Omar Edwards, was assigned to the 25th Precinct anti-crime team. In 2009, he was fatally shot in a friendly fire incident while he was in plainclothes chasing a man who had just broken into his car
Dioris Valladares Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of St. Nicholas Avenue and 165th Street
Honoree: Dioris Valladares (1916-2001) was a famous Merengue singer, bandleader, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist who made several hit records for Arsonia Records in the 1950s and ‘60s. He sailed from Ciudad Trujillo to New York 1936 and lived in East Harlem. In 1939, he began touring the United States with various bands. His recording debut occurred in 1941 with Alberto Iznaga and His Orchestra Siboney. Durng World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until November 1945. He rose to prominence in New York City around 1950 singing merengues and playing the güira with bandleader Juanito Sanabria in the Club Caborrojeño on the corner of Broadway and 145th St. In fact, the three merengue arrangements in particular, “La Cuchacha,” “Canto de Hacha,” and “La Amanca,” were asked for sometimes multiple times a night at Club Caborrojeño. His nightclub success caught the attention of Ansonia Records boss Rafael Perez who assembled the seven-piece Conjunto Tipico Cibaeño with Angel Viloria playing accordion and directing the band. Together, Valladares and Viloria recorded three classic merengue albums. After the band split up, they both continued on to have successful solo careers. Dioris Valladares formed his own orchestra in 1953 and had a residency at the Gloria Palace, on 86th Street and Third Avenue. In the early 1960s Dioris signed with Alegre records, recording two solo albums, and was a member of the Alegre All Stars. (Rodriguez)
Doris Rosenblum Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Southeast side of West 94th Street
Location:Between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
Honoree: Doris Rosenblum (1925-1996) was district manager of Manhattan Community Board 7 for 12 years. She was an original member of the Mitchell Lama Residents’ Council, and for six years, served as co-chair. She also served as President of the Stryckers Bay Neighborhood Council and on the Board of Stryckers Bay Apartments.
Dorothy Maynor Place (Manhattan)
Present name:West side of St. Nicholas Avenue
Location:Between West 141st Street and 145th Street
Honoree: Dorothy Maynor (1910-1996) was an African-American soprano, music educator and one of the most highly praised singers of the 1940’s and 1950’s. In 1963, she founded the Harlem School of Arts. She was also the first African American on the Board of the Metropolitan Opera.
Dorothy Skinner Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the southwest corner of 140th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: Dorothy Skinner (1926-2012) was a community leader devoted to making Harlem safer, more stable, economically sound, well-educated and politically strong. In the 1970s and 1980’s, she was active with the NYPD, particularly in the war on drugs. She would coordinate many activities with the Police Athletic League and, as President of her Block Association, was responsible for organizing many events such as block parties, jazz mobiles, and Halloween parties. She was also on the Board of Directors of West Harlem Group Assistance, serving as President for over 20 years. This organization dedicated itself to rebuilding the West and Central Harlem Community. She spent a few years working for the NYC Department of Education and served as Deaconess of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church before retiring. (Levine)
Dr. Betty Shabazz Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of Broadway and 165th Street
Honoree: Dr. Betty Shabazz (1934-1997) was the wife of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, formerly known as Malcolm X. After his assassination in 1965, she earned her Ph.D and became Director of Institutional Advancement at Medgar Evers College.
Dr. Billy Taylor Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the southeast corner of 138th Street and Fifth Avenue
Honoree: Billy Taylor was pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, lecturer and author. He earned a doctorate in music education from the University of Massachusetts in 1975 and later had a higher profile on television than any other jazz musician of his generation. In 1965 he founded Jazzmobile, which presented free outdoor concerts throughout New York City. He lectured about jazz at music schools and wrote articles for DownBeat, Saturday Review and other publications on jazz. He wrote more than 300 compositions. (Dickens)
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Gold Street
Location:Between Beekman Street and Spruce Street
Honoree: Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) was the first woman to receive her degree as a Doctor of Medicine in the United States. She founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, which after merging with Beekman Hospital, eventually became New York Downtown Hospital..
Dr. John Henrik Clarke Place (Manhattan)
Present name:West 137th Street
Location:Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Honoree: John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998) was a noted writer, teacher and historian of the African-American experience. He was instrumental in establishment of Africana studies programs in American universities.
Dr. John J. Sass Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Macombs Place
Location:From West 150th Street to West 154 th Street
Honoree: Reverend Dr. John J. Sass (1911-2001) served the Harlem Community for over 60 years. He was a pastor at St. Matthews Baptist Church.
Dr. John L.S. Holloman Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the northwest corner of 135th Street and Madison Avenue
Honoree: John L. S. Holloman Jr. battled for health care for the poor, attacked racist practices in the American Medical Association and was a prominent early voice warning of the threat of AIDS among minorities. In 1974, he was appointed by then New York City Mayor Abraham D. Beame, president of the four-year-old hospitals corporation. He was one of the longest-serving board members of the State University of New York from 1966 to 1995. He pressed for health care as a basic right and he campaigned tirelessly for national health insurance. (Dickens)
Dr. Nasry Michelen Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of 166th Street and Audubon Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Michelen (1924-2018) was born into a distinguished family in the Dominican Republic, and earned his medical degree at the American University of Beirut. He established a surgical practice in Bethlehem, Palestine, but returned to his native country and practiced in the San Juan region’s public hospital system. After obtaining his Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University, he was appointed Superintendent of Hospitals during President Trujillo‘s dictatorship. He was a critic of the regime, during and after Trujillo’s reign, and a leader of the opposition to the new government formed after Trujillo’s death. Forced to leave the country along with his family. He returned to New York, where he was appointed Associate Director of Elmhurst Hospital in Queens and later, Executive Director of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. He was the first Hispanic and Dominican in New York State to be an executive director of a hospital. At Lincoln, he recruited Latino physicians to better serve the predominantly Latino population of the South Bronx. He successfully advocated for the building of a new Lincoln Hospital at 149th St. and the Grand Concourse. In 1968, he was one of the founders of Hostos Community College of CUNY and its first president. Hostos’ focus was to train healthcare professionals who would serve the South Bronx and other underserved areas. His dream was that it would become a medical school.He was also executive director of the Regional Medical Program in Delaware, and the director of the Division of Hospital Accreditation of the NYS Department of Health. As director, he was responsible for the department’s requirement that all hospitals post the Patient’s Bill of Rights in a visible location. He was a professor of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and founded and/or led numerous Dominican organizations including the Dominican Medical Society in NY, where he served as president, Asociaciones Dominicanas, and Alianza Dominicana. He was also a founding member and first Grand Marshall of the Dominican Day Parade. (Rodriguez)
Dr. Norbert Sander Way (Manhattan)
Present name:168th Street
Location:Between Broadway and Fort Washington Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Norbert Sander (1942-2017) was the last New York City resident to win the NYC Marathon, in 1974. He later became the CEO and founder of the Armory Track Foundation. Under his leadership the Fort Washington Armory, which in the 1980s was being used as a homeless shelter, was restored and made it into a state-of-the-art track and field facility. It is now one of the busiest sports facilities in the country, with over 125,000 athletes competing each year. Approximately 2,000 high school students use the facility each week. The Millrose Games, which have been held annually since 1908, were moved here in 2012. (Rodriguez)
Dr. Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker Square (Manhattan)
Location:West 116th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard
Honoree: Wyatt Tee Walker, born in 1929, was the longtime senior pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ and an early associate of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under his leadership, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was a major factor in the Civil Rights movement. Rev. Walker was also responsible for $100 million in housing construction, as Chairman of the Consortium for Harlem Development.
Dr. Saul J. Farber Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of East 30th Street and First Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Saul J. Farber (d. 2006) was a leader in medical education, clinical research and medical school administration. For over 50 years, he led Bellevue Hospital Center and New York University School of Medicine to national prominence. .
Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan Way (Manhattan)
Location:Northeast corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
Honoree: Dr. Yosef (Johannes) Ben-Jochannan (1918-2015) was a prolific author who challenged popular and often derogatory notions of Africa and its people. A world traveler, he led many excursions to the Nile Valley, allowing thousands of students and others to see for themselves what he had learned about African people. His writings and lectures emphasized the majesty of the woman through the ages and the primary contribution of Nile civilizations in history. He was the last of a distinguished list of Black Scholars who devoted their lives to the study of ancient Africa. With Prof. George Simmons, he founded the Alkebu-Ian Foundation in Harlem, located on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard for many years, which published many of his early works. He later worked with television journalist Gil Noble and with such leaders as Minister Farrakhan, the Reverend Al Sharpton, Sister Kefa and Brother Bill Jones of the First World Alliance. He referred to Dr. John Henrik Clarke as his brother. Dr. Ben founded/co-founded or inspired the creation of several organizations including the Africana Studies Department of CCNY, African Nationalist in America (ANIA), The Blue Nile, The Craft, and the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAP). He began his journey on the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, in front of the famed Theresa Hotel, where he lectured to all who were willing to listen. He worked with Harlem's youth through HARYOU ACT in 1967. He was an adjunct Professor at Cornell University's Africana Studies and Research Center from 1973 to 1987 and lectured at most of New York City's institutions of higher learning. Dr. Ben held an honorary faculty position with the Rabbinical Academy at Beth Shalom Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Brooklyn. A polyglot, he taught in many African countries and lectured throughout Europe. (Perkins)
Drs. Kenneth B. and Mamie Phipps Clark Place (Manhattan)
Present name:150th Street
Location:Between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard
Honoree: Drs. Kenneth B. and Mamie Phipps Clark were a husband and wife team of African-American psychologists who founded the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem and the organization Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (HARYOU).
Duke Ellington Circle (Manhattan)
Present name:Frawley Circle
Location:Intersection of Central Park North, E 110th St, and 5th Ave
Honoree: Edward Kennedy Ellington (1899-1974) was a pianist, composer and conductor. He was called Duke because of his meticulous dress and elegant manner. Born in Washington D.C., he came to New York in 1923. He became famous performing at the Cotton Club, a whites-only nightclub, from 1927 to 1931. He and his orchestra, which he led for for over 50 years, went on to tour worldwide, appear on film and television, and make numerous recordings.
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