NYC Honorary Street Names
"H" Honorary Streets: Queens
Harold Schneiderman Playground (Queens)
Present name:Lindenwood Playground
Location:A PG at 155th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street
Honoree: Harold Schneiderman (1926-1985), a supermarket owner, lived in Howard Beach for over 25 years. He was active in about 30 different charitable organizations, mostly those serving youth such as Little League. He also served on President Kennedy's Council on Physical Fitness. A member of the Knights of Pythias, he held high positions in that Order and was also president of two synagogues.
Harry Douglas Way (Queens)
Present name:Sidway Place
Location:Between Selover Road and Farmers Boulevard
Honoree: Harry M. Douglas (d. 1999) was the lead singer of The Deep River Boys, a gospel group that toured the world for more than 30 years. He also gave almost a quarter century of service to his community as Vice-President of the Merrick Boulevard Local Development Corporation and a founder of the Springfield Gardens Business Merchants Association. He was responsible for the annual installation of holiday lights on Merrick Boulevard.
Harry Suna Place (Queens)
Present name:22nd Street
Location:Between Queens Plaza South and 43rd Avenue
Honoree: Harry Suna (1924-1992) went to work for Todd Shipyard at age 17 and later joined Central Sheet Metal Company. In 1946, at 22, he became the company's secretary and treasurer. The next year estab A. Suna & Company, which became a multimillion dollar construction and sheet metal fabrication firm. He developed more than 1,000 units of affordable housing throughout NYC and later turned a quarter millon square feet of industrial space into Silvercup Studios. As chairman of Silvercup Studios, he made it into New York's leading film and TV production faciity.
Helen Marshall Blvd (Queens)
Present name:Northern Boulevard
Location:Between 94th Street and 111th Street
Honoree: Helen Marshall (1929-2017) was the director of the Langston Hughes Library on Northern Boulevard, which she founded in 1969. She served in the State Assembly for 8 years and then served on the City Council for 10 years. From 2002 to 2013, she was the first African-American and the second woman to serve as the Queens Borough President. She supported job training programs and economic development, and was a devoted supporter of the Queens Public Library. (Ferreras-Copeland)
Henry McCoy Jr. Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of Ovid Place and Dormans Road
Honoree: Henry McCoy Jr. (1926-2013) served in the US Army and worked for the US Post Office before being appointed to the NYPD in 1957. He rose through the ranks to Lieutenant , serving as a commanding officer and coordinator of youth division activities for the Borough of Manhattan; and citywide coordinator for the Special Court Diversion Project which steered youth away from anti-social behavior into constructive activity. In 1981 he retired from the NYPD and then served 11 years as a City Marshall. He established the United for Progress Democratic Club in 1993, was a board member and Vice President of the Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club, and was active in several other civic, professional and youth-service organizations. He was president of Youth and Tennis, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides year round instruction in public parks and schools. (Miller)
Henry Weichaitis Road (Queens)
Present name:West 20th Road
Location:In its entirety
Honoree: Henry Weichaitis (1919-1982), a community leader in Broad Channel, lived on West 20th Road. He had served as president of the local Democratic Club, president of the Civic Association, Chief of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, and was the first Chairman of Community Board 14.
Hillside Avenue (Queens)
Present name:38th Road
Location:Between Douglaston Parkway and Douglas Road
Honoree: This was the historic name of 38th Road prior to the 1920s, when local streets were given numerical designations to bring them “in line” with the Queens numbering system. This street is within the Douglaston-Little Neck historic district. .
Holocaust Memorial Corners (Queens)
Location:Southeast and northeast corners of 108th Street and 67th Road
Honoree: The northeast corner faces the Central Queens YM-YWMA, a central force in Jewish culture in Queens, whose membership has included many holocaust survivors. The southeast corner abuts the property of Congregation Machane Chodosh, which was founded by emigrants from Nazi Germany. (RGPR)
Hon. Pauline Rhodd-Cummings Drive (Queens)
Present name:Beach 25th Street
Location:Between Rockaway Freeway and Camp Road
Honoree: Pauline Rhodd-Cummings (1925-2002) was a 25-year resident of the Rockaways. She served in the New York State Assembly for 8 years, and was the past President of the Deerfield Area Association; Executive Board Member of Queens Community Board 14; Executive Board member of the Rockaway Development Corporation among other posts. She died on January 27, 2002 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Hopkins Way (Queens)
Location:Northwest corner of Pineville Lane and Merrick Boulevard
Honoree: Novell Hopkins (1934-2008) came to New York in 1953 to marry her high school sweetheart on his return from the Korean War. She helped him raise their three children while attending night school to earn her Bachelor's in Sociology at Hunter College. She later joined FDNY where she became Deputy Director of Civilian Personnel, helping the Department to recruit and promote fellow women and minorities. During the 1968 teachers strike, she was pivotal in keeping Junior High School 231 open by getting parents to work with teachers and remain in the building overnight so it would not be closed. This led to classes that were conducted by largely African-American teachers who encouraged the students to attend school despite the strike. She was the Founder and Vice President of Neighborhood Block Association for Springfield Gardens where she worked to bar heavy commercial vehicles from using residential streets and also arranged for the planting of street trees. In 1987 she recieved a Public Service Achievement award from Women in Government, and in 1988 received the Excellence in Service Award from the NYFD. (Miller)
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