NYC Honorary Street Names

"W" Honorary Streets: Manhattan

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W. Haywood Burns Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of Convent Avenue and West 143rd Street
Honoree: W. Haywood Burns (1940-1995) was a distinguished civil rights lawyer and former Dean of of CUNY Law School at Queens College. While in South Africa to attend an international conference in South Africa, he was killed by a truck running a stop sign.
LL:2000/34
W.E.B. DuBois Avenue (Manhattan)
Present name:Bradhurst Avenue
Location:From 141st Street to 155th Street
Honoree: W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963) was a sociologist, educator and accomplished author; one of the founders of the NAACP; and a consultant to the United Nations upon its formation in San Francisco in 1945 as head of the Council of African Affairs. He was a longtime resident of Harlem.
LL:2008/48
Walter Jonas Judah Street (Manhattan)
Present name:St. James Place
Location:James Street and Oliver Street
Honoree: Walter Jonas Judah, born 1778, was the first identifiable native-born Jewish student to attend an American medical school, Kings College, now known as Columbia University. In 1795, during his studies, a Yellow Fever Epidemic ravaged New York. While many others fled the City, he stayed to treat the sick. While doing so, he succumbed to Yellow Fever himself and died at the age of 22. (RGPR)
LL:1999/57
Wes Joice Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street
Honoree: John Wesley Joice (1931-1997) was the proprietor of The Lion's Head which he moved to 59 Christopher Street in 1996. During the 30 years that followed, The Lion's Head became famous as a literary gathering place and Greenwich Village landmark. It closed in 1996.
LL:1999/8
William “Bill” Sicklick Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Pitt St
Location:Bounded by Broome St and Grand St
Honoree: Bill Sicklick (1932-1995), a Korean War veteran who worked at Lazard Freres for 39 years, was active in his community. He was a member of Community Board 3 and served several ties as its vice president. In 1969 he helped form the 7th Precinct Auxiliary Police and was a captain at the time of his death from a heart attack at age 62. He served on the Gouverneur Hospital Community Board and was active in veterans' and charitable groups and the Bialystoker Synagogue.
LL:1996/29
William and Sarah Richio Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of Elizabeth Street and Spring Street
Honoree: In the late 1970's, William Richio served on the Area Policy Board on the Lower East Side where he fought for the rights of the poor and helped youths with drug problems.  Sarah Richio was the founder and Executive Director of the Neighborhood Council to Combat Poverty. Together, they established and helped preserve the Judson Healthcare Clinic on Spring Street.
LL:2012/48
William Goldberg Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 48th Street
Location:Between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
Honoree: William Goldberg (1925-2003) was known as the “King of Diamonds” for his leadership in the diamond industry. He was an active member in the Gemological Institute of America and the Diamond Dealers Club, and was involved in many charitable organizations.
LL:2006/50
William Soto Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the southeast corner of East 112th Street and Lexington Avenue
Honoree: William Soto was a community leader in East Harlem. During the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960’s, he was integral in helping to build connections between African-American and Latino political leaders. He sat on the board of directors for the organization, Massive Economic Neighborhood Development (MEND) and helped to found several other organizations, including El Grito del Barrio, Aguilar Senior Citizens, and Concerned Citizens of East Harlem. He devoted himself to helping his community through his passion for baseball as well, hosting a sports radio program, “Amateur Sports”, a newsletter and had a baseball team sponsored by Eastern Airlines and Goya Foods. He advocated for local teams, many of which were made up of young Puerto Ricans, and fought to ensure that improvements were made to local fields. (Mark-Viverito)
LL:2015/76
Willie Mays Drive (Manhattan)
Present name:At Harlem River Drive / Polo Grounds Service Road
Location:Between 155th Street and 163rd Street
Honoree: Willie Mays had an illustrious career with the Giants, first at the Polo Grounds and then in San Francisco. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
LL:2013/50
Willie Mays Place (Manhattan)
Present name:St. Nicholas Place
Location:Between 153rd Street and 155th Street
Honoree: Willie Mays had an illustrious career with the Giants, first at the Polo Grounds and then in San Francisco. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
LL:2013/50
Wilson Batista Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:171st Street
Location:On the Corner of Audubon Avenue
Honoree: Dominican-born Wilson Batista (1978-2006) was an outstanding classical pianist who studied at Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music and who performed around the world. He died suddenly of a brain aneurism on June 18, 2006.
LL:2006/50


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