NYC Honorary Street Names
"G" Honorary Streets: Manhattan
George Carlin Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 121st Street
Location:Between Morningside Drive and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: George Carlin (1937-2008) was a five-time Grammy Award winning comedian, writer, social critic and actor. Born in Manhattan, he dropped out of school when he was 14 years-old. After serving in the Air Force, he worked for several years as a disc jockey and later formed a duo with comic Jack Burns. He appeared on The Tonight Show more than 130 times and hosted the first Saturday Night Live. His most famous routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," got him arrested on charges of obscenity after performing in Milwaukee in 1972. The case was thrown out; however the bit played a significant role in the U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld the FCC’s ability to regulate indecent programming on public airwaves. (Levine)
Gershwin Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 50th Street
Location:Eighth Avenue and Broadway
Honoree: Honors the brothers George Gershwin (1898-1937), composer, and Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), lyricist. The Gershwin Theater is located on this block.
Gilda Radner Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West Houston Street
Location:Between Varick and Sixth Avenues
Honoree: Gilda Radner (1946-1989) was one of the original cast members of the groundbreaking Saturday Night Live. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986 and died at the age of 42 in 1989.
Grace Gold Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West side of Broadway
Location:Between 115th Street and 116th Street
Honoree: Grace Gold was studying at Barnard College as a freshman when she was killed by a falling piece of masonry at Broadway and 115th Street. This accident led to the City Council passing Local Law 10 which requires that the facades of buildings seven stories and taller be inspected every five years and that hazardous conditions be corrected. (Dickens)
Guadalupe Rodriguez Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 173rd Street
Location:Between Fort Washington Ave. and Haven Ave.
Honoree: Guadalupe Rodriguez founded The Heights Center for Immigrants Advocacy, Inc., in 1994. It is a grassroots group that emerged to empower minorities through the provision of educational supportive services. A social service component aims to improve parents and children communication, and to foster school home connection. Similarly, the immigration component seeks to strengthen family reunification, immigration and naturalization status and voter's registration. (Rodriquez)
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