NYC Honorary Street Names
"G" Honorary Streets: Queens
General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. Blvd. (Queens)
Location:At the southwest corner of Tuskegee Airmen Way and 154th Street
Honoree: Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr.(1912-2002) was the first African-American general officer in the United States Air Force and on December 9, 1998, was advanced to four-star general by President Bill Clinton. He was one of the first five graduates to get wings at Tuskegee Army Air Field in March 1942 and was assigned to the newly activated 99th Fighter Squadron. By August of that year, he became squadron commander. The group flew m any combat missions under his command. He returned to the United States in September 1943 to assume command of the 332nd Fighter Group (Wills) [This is one of 18 namings along Tuskegee Airmen Way honoring outstanding units and individuals in African-American military history.]
Genesis Regalado Way (Queens)
Present name:55th Avenue
Location:Between 98th and 99th Streets
Honoree: Genesis Regalado (1994-2006), a student at IS 61 in Corona, was shot and killed by a stray bullet fired from a moving car on 55th Avenue between 98th and 99th Streets.
Genevieve “Jean” Albetta Way (Queens)
Present name:Calamus Avenue
Location:Between Grand and Ankener Avenues
Honoree: Genevieve (Jean) Albetta was a long-time school crossing guard at the corner of 84th Street and Grand Avenue in Elmhurst for St. Adalbert’s School. She worked up until the day of her death on May 29, 2004.
George Gibbons Jr. Way (Queens)
Present name:60th Drive
Location:Between Fresh Pond Road and Mt. Olivet Crescent
Honoree: George Gibbons Jr. (1974-2011) a leader in community sports, educational, musical and charitable activities, was killed by a hit-run driver. His death brought attention to the weak penalty for leaving the scene of an accident.
George J. Regan Street (Queens)
Present name:149th Street
Location:Between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue
Honoree: George J. Regan (1911-1982), was an Assistant District Attorney and an Administrative Law Judge for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection as well as the Parking Violations Bureau. He was an officer or active member of several civic and professional organizations.
George Meany Boulevard (Queens)
Present name:Cross Bay Boulevard
Location:158th Avenue and 159th Avenue
Honoree: George Meany (1894-1980) became President of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1952. He helped bring about the merger of the AFL and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1955, after 20 years of bitter rivalry. (RGPR)
George O’Neill Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 53rd Drive and 65th Place
Honoree: George O’Neill (d. 2018) served in the United States Army. He later became the owner of O’Neill’s sports bar, which had been founded by his father in December 1933. O’Neill’s became well-known for hosting events, such as benefits for the NYPD, FDNY and St. Jude’s Hospital. (Holden)
George S. Kaufman Way (Queens)
Location:At the northwest corner of 35th Avenue and 36th Street
Honoree: In 1982 George S. Kaufman (1928-2018), a Korean War veteran, took over an old movie studio lot in Astoria that was once used by the Famous Players-Lasky and the Marx Brothers. The studio was recognized by a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. He renamed it Kaufman Astoria Studios and transformed it into a full-service, comprehensive studio, including more than 500,000 square feet of soundstages. The surrounding area was revitalized, becoming the Kaufman Arts District, home to the Museum of the Moving Image. Many movies and television shows were filmed on the lot including Hair, The Wiz, Goodfellas, and Sesame Street. He was an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and also served on the boards of a number of philanthropic and civil organizations, such as The Whitney Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Exploring the Arts, and the Museum of the Moving Image. He was the Founding Chairman of the Fashion Center BID. (Van Bramer)
Geraldine Ferraro Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Austin Street and Ascan Avenue
Honoree: Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011) was a Democratic Party politician, a member of the United States House of Representatives and the first female candidate of a major party for Vice President of the United States.
Gertrude McDonald Way (Queens)
Location:At the northeast corner of Queens Boulevard and 39th Street
Honoree: Gertrude McDonald (1917-2017) was a long-time community activist who served on Community Board 2 for over 40 years and held positions at the 108th Precinct Community Council and the United Forties Civic Association. She was an active member of Sunnyside Community Services. In 1968, she was the first woman to run for elected office as a Democrat in Queens. Although her campaign for a seat in the New York State Assembly was unsuccessful, she helped lay the foundation for other women to run for office and win. She continued to help pave the way for women in Queens politics until her passing on March 21, 2017 at the age of 100. (Van Bramer)
Glenda Cohen Street (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 153rd Avenue and 84th Street
Honoree: Glenda Cohen was very involved in charitable activities in her community. In 1960, she joined Womenâ€™s American ORT (Obschestvo Remeslenovo i. Zemledelcheskovo Trouda or Society for Trades and Agricultural Labor)). She also volunteered for Cancer Care. In the early 1960s, she became a Cub Scout Den Mother for neighborhood boys. Around 1970, she began a career as a local Howard Beach real estate agent. Over a span of forty years, her expertise earned her the title â€śQueen of the Condosâ€ť by her realtor peers. She was PS 232â€™s first school crossing guard from 1962 until 1964. (Ulrich)
Glenn J. Travers Sr. 9/11 Memorial Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 211th Street and 28th Avenue
Honoree: Glenn J. Travers, Sr. (b. 1948) was working for Forest Electric Corporation at the World Trade Center when he was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Gloria Warshofsky Memorial Place (Queens)
Present name:Waterview Street
Location:Between Bayswater Avenue and Coldspring Road
Honoree: Gloria Brochin Warshofsky (1928-2003), an interior decorator, was also a staunch community activist. She was President of the Bayswater Civic Association and a member of Queens Community Board 14 for many years.
Goldie M. Maple Drive (Queens)
Present name:57th Street and Beach Channel Drive
Location:Between Almeda Avenue and Shore Front Parkway
Honoree: Goldie M. Maple died in 2004 at the age of 65. For over 40 years, she was a community activist and parent leader in the Rockaways. She was elected to the Community School Board, was a member of the NAACP, a founder of the New Democratic Coalition, and a member of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation.
Guillermo Vasquez Corner (Queens)
Location:Southeast corner of 77th Street and Broadway
Honoree: Guillermo Vasquez (1953-1996) was a founding member of the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and a founding member and president of the Queens Hispanic Coalition
Gurdwara Street (Queens)
Present name:97th Avenue
Location:Between Lefferts Boulevard and 117th Street
Honoree: Sikhism began more than 500 years ago. Since then Sikhs have believed in and practiced justice, freedom and equality for everyone no matter what their gender, race or religion. A gurdwara is a place of assembly and worship for Sikhs. People from all faiths, and those who do not profess any faith, are welcomed in Sikh gurdwaras. From 1972 the Richmond Hill gurdwara founded by the Sikh Cultural Society of New York welcomed Sikhs from the entire New York metropolitan area travelled there to attend religious services. The gurdwara offered meals, lodging and other services to visitors and to the continuing stream of Sikh immigrants.. As increasing numbers of Sikh immigrants arrived in America the gurdwara continued to be the central focus for this community. Many of these immigrants found work in Richmond Hill and called this area home. Gurdwaras in the city of New York are seen as a religious cornerstone and beacons of hope. (Adams)
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