NYC Honorary Street Names
"E" Honorary Streets: Manhattan
Edith Kamiat Place (Manhattan)
Present name:West 169th Street
Location:Between Fort Washington Avenue and Broadway
Honoree: Edith Kamiat (1914-2004) was a community activist in Washington Heights and former member of Community Board 12. For more than 25 years, she was the chair of the Citizens Committee of Washington Heights, the organization of tenants in 21 buildings owned by Presbyterian Hospital.
Edmond J. Safra Place (Manhattan)
Present name:First Place
Location:Between West Street and the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Honoree: Edmond J. Safra (1932-1999) born in Beirut, Lebanon, co-founded what is now Brazil’s Banco Safra as well as a bank in Geneva and Republic Bank in New York, now part of HSBC. He established the Edmund J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, which has made major contributions to The Museum of Jewish Heritage and other institutions around the world.
Edwin G. Suarez Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 101st
Location: Between 2nd Avenue and the FDR Drive
Honoree: Edwin G. Suarez (1940-2006) was District Leader of the 68th Assembly District as well as Special Legislative Assistant to Congressman Charles Rangel. He managed the Congressman’s East Harlem Outreach office and served as the political liaison to the diverse people and organizations of East Harlem..
Eileen Sweeney Place (Manhattan)
Location:Northwest corner of West 207 th Street and Broadway
Honoree: Eileen Sweeney (b. 1934), a housing and tenant advocate, devoted many years to the betterment of Washington Heights and Inwood. She was a member of Community Board 12 and worked for Assembly Members Edward H. Lehner and Herman D. Farrell, Jr.
Elie Wiesel Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the southwest corner of 84th Street and Central Park West
Honoree: Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) was born in Sighet, Transylvania. At the age of 15, he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perished. Two older sisters survived. He and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945. After the war, he studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with French writer, Francois Mauriac, he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. His memoir, Night (La Nuit), has since been translated into more than thirty languages. He received more than 100 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning and was a devoted supporter of Israel. He also defended the cause of Soviet Jews, Nicaragua's Miskito Indians, Argentina's Desaparecidos, Cambodian refugees, the Kurds, victims of famine and genocide in Africa, victims of apartheid in South Africa, and victims of war in the former Yugoslavia. He and his wife Marion were especially devoted to the cause of Ethiopian-born Israeli youth and founded the Beit Tzipora Centers to support such youth. Elie Wiesel was the author of more than sixty books of fiction and non-fiction, and for his literary and human rights activities, he received numerous awards. In 1986, he won the Nobel Peace Prize and established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. (Rosenthal and Levine)
Elizabeth Jennings Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Park Row
Location:Between Beekman and Spruce Streets
Honoree: A century before Rosa Parks, Elizabeth Jennings (1827-1901) refused to leave a public streetcar because of the color of her skin. She was physically forced from the streetcar and sued the company, driver and conductor. Represented by future president Chester A. Arthur, she won her suit, paving the way for African Americans to freely ride NYC public transit. Ms. Jennings later founded New York's first kindergarten for African-American children.
Ella Baker Terrace (Manhattan)
Location:Lenox Terrace at 135th Street
Honoree: Ella Baker (1903-1986) a long time resident of Harlem, organized the 1960 meeting out of which the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) arose and was a coordinator of the Freedom Riders. She also helped organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP).
Ellen Stewart Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 4th Street
Location:Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue
Honoree: Ellen Stewart (1919-2011) was the artistic director of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, which she confounded in 1961 and which has presented over 1,900 productions. Its resident theatre troupes have performed throughout the world.
Elombe Brath Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the southwest corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 125th Street
Honoree: Elombe Brath (1936-2014)grew up in Harlem and Hunts Point. In 1975 he founded the Patrice Lumumba Coalition, named for the assassinated first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The organization supported African liberation movements; was active in in the boycott of South Africa during apartheid; and was a strong advocate of the Central Park 5. Brath was also instrumental in organizing Harlem's welcoming of Nelson Mandela in 1990. He fought to eliminate the usage of the term “negro”; and in 1961 launched a Black is Beautiful campaign. It included Afrocentric fashion shows featuring African-American models. He also created the African Jazz-Arts Society and Studios in Harlem in 1956 and was a consultant on African affairs for television host Gil Noble. (Perkins)
Elouise Carrington Whitehurst Place (Manhattan)
Location:On the Southwest Corner of West 202nd Street and 10th Avenue
Honoree: Elouise Whitehurst (1918-2005) was one of the first residents of the Dykeman Houses when it opened in 1951. Whitehurst was instrumental in almost every aspect of the buildings’ care over more than 40 years, giving it a reputation as one of the safest, best kept developments in NYCHA.
Emeric Harvey Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Thames Street
Location:Between Trinity Place and Greenwich Street
Honoree: Emeric Harvey (b. 1945), was founder and president of Harvey Young Yurman, Inc., a financial firm. He was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Emmett W. Bassett Way (Manhattan)
Present name:162nd Street
Location:Between Edgecomb Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue
Honoree: Emmett W. Bassett (1921-2013), born in Virginia, studied at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and won a scholarship enabling him to conduct research under George Washington Carver. After Army service in World War II, he attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 1955 he became the first African-American to earned a doctorate in dairy technology (from Ohio State University). He was on the medical school faculty of Columbia University and, later, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, from which he retired as an Associate Professor in of Microbiology in 1987. He was one of the last living students trained by George Washington Carver. He was also active in civil rights, education and health and community affairs in Upper Manhattan and in Sullivan County, where he made his home in later years. (Rodriguez)
EMT Luis De Pena Jr. Square (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of 172nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: Luis De Pena Jr., an Emergency Medical Technician, died in May 2014 of illnesses resulting from his work at Ground Zero. De Pena, an 18-year EMT veteran, had been based at EMT Station 13 in Washington Heights. On October 8, 2014, he was honored at an annual memorial service at the Firemen’s Monument on the Upper West Side. He was also honored on May 17, 2014 at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Memorial which memorializes the workers who died from illnesses related to work at the World Trade Center. (Rodriguez)
Eugene McCabe Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Madison Avenue
Location:East 118th Street and East 124th Street
Honoree: Eugene Louis McCabe (1937-1998) founded North General Hospital in 1979. It was the only minority operated, voluntary, community, teaching hospital in New York State. He also spearheaded development of 300 units of affordable housing along once blighted Madison Avenue from 119th to 124th Streets(RGPR) The hospital closed in 2010.
Evelyn Thomas Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the southeast corner of West 132nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Honoree: Evelyn Thomas, born to immigrant parents from St. Kitts, was raised in her family home at 227 W. 131st St. In the 1950s, she and her husband Herbert Thomas bought their own home at 252 W. 132nd St. Soon afterwards, her father and sister bought 254 W. 132nd St. In 1957 she founded the Central Harlem Association of Small Homeowners and Small Businessmen (CHASH SB) to unite local homeowners and small business owners in community betterment. It was the predecessor to the currently existing Neighborhoods United Association of West 132nd Street. In the 1950s, Evelyn and CHASH were able to prevent “slum clearance” projects that would have demolished of properties on W. 131st St. and W. 132nd St., which were owned predominantly by African-Americans and Caribbean immigrant families. Evelyn Thomas worked as a secretary for Percy Sutton from 1966 to 1977 and was engaged in efforts to advance neighborhood preservation and investment in her Harlem community. From 1973 to 1976, she and her neighbors participated in the “Spruce Up” Program to improve the physical condition of properties on W. 131st St. and W. 132nd St.. Guided by her leadership, 83 out of 86 houses were rehabilitated, despite a lack of federal investment and very limited state and local government resources. (Perkins)
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