NYC Honorary Street Names
"O" Honorary Streets: Manhattan
O’ Donnell Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 7th Street
Location:Between Avenues C and D
Honoree: May O’ Donnell (1906-2004) was a modern dance pioneer who first gained prominence as a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. She had a 60-year career as a choreographer with more than 100 works that are still widely performed.
Odessa Steward Street (Manhattan)
Location:On the southwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 103rd Street
Honoree: Odessa Steward (d. 2010), a long-time resident of the Frederick Douglass Houses, was President of the 24th Precinct Community Council. She was also active in the Housing Tenant Patrol, the Tenants Association and the women’s softball league in Central Park.
Officer Glen Pettit Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:20th Street
Location:Between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue
Honoree: Officer Glen Pettit (1971-2001) was killed as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 while attempting to rescue victims trapped in the World Trade Center.
Officer Michael Buczek Avenue (Manhattan)
Present name:Edgecombe Avenue
Location:Between Jumel Place and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: Police Officer Michael Buczek (b. 1964) was assigned to the 34th Precinct in Upper Manhattan. On October 13, 1988, he and his partner, Police Officer Joseph Barbato, after responding to a call on West 161st Street and Broadway, saw two men loitering in the building. When approached, the two men fled. Shots were fired and Police Officer Buczek was fatally wounded in the chest.
Officer Mitchel Scott Wallace Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:Lafayette Street
Location:Corner of White and Lafayette
Honoree: Court Officer Wallace (b. 1967) was killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.
Officer Thomas Jurgens Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:Lafayette Street
Location:Corner of Leonard and Lafayette
Honoree: Court Officer Jurgens (b. 1974) was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue victims trapped in the World Trade Center.
Ossie Davis Way (Manhattan)
Location:Intersection of West 123rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue with the sign facing north in front of 258 St. Nicholas Avenue
Honoree: Ossie Davis (1917-2005) was a legendary actor and activist who influenced generations with his professional achievements and humanitarian causes. Born in Cogdell, Georgia, he studied drama with Harlem’s Rose McClendon Players. He served in World War II as a surgical technician, and developed his writing ability by creating shows for his fellow troops. He made his Broadway debut in 1946 in “Jeb Turner.” In 1948, he married the actor Ruby Dee. Together they would form one of the greatest husband-and-wife teams in entertainment history. In 1950, he appeared with his wife in the film “No Way Out;” and starred in films like “The Cardinal” and “The Hill,” and also appeared in television shows, including the detective drama “The Outsider” and “The Defenders” series. He became a major force in the theater world when he wrote the 1961 Broadway play “Purlie Victorious,” later made into the 1970 musical "Purlie."As a director of stage and screen, he was best known for the popular “Cotton Comes To Harlem” (1970). He founded the innovative Third World Cinema Production Company, which assists African-American and Latino filmmakers. Throughout his career, he embraced the African-American struggle for equality. He was a highly visible member of the civil rights movement with his support of Paul Robeson, Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in his later years, as an outspoken opponent of apartheid in South Africa and an advocate for diversity in the entertainment industry. See also Ruby Dee Place. (Perkins)
Osvaldo Vega Plaza (Manhattan)
Location:The intersection of East 106th Street and Third Avenue
Honoree: Osvaldo Vega (1921-1983) enlisted in the U.S. Navy in World War II, where he was in the same company as future President John. F. Kennedy. After his discharge, he met with a group of distinguished athletes concerned about the future of our children. They founded the Puerto Rican Hispanic Sports Council (PRHSC). Osvaldo Vega was its president for 30 years until his death.
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