NYC Honorary Street Names
"M" Honorary Streets: Queens
Macedonia A.M.E. Church Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Union Street and 38th Avenue
Honoree: Commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the church.
Major Fred O. “Blue Eagle” Wilson Square (Queens)
Location:At the southwest corner of Tuskegee Airmen Way and Sutphin Boulevard
Honoree: Fred O. Wilson (1922-2007) was a decorated pilot and one of the last remaining Tuskegee Airmen who served in World War II. He was one of four Native American pilots to fly with the Tuskegee Airmen, a predominantly African-American fighter squadron which is remembered as never losing a bomber to enemy fire. He, along with the rest of the Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Medal of Honor presented by President George W. Bush. (Wills) [This is one of 18 namings along Tuskegee Airmen Way honoring outstanding units and individuals in African-American military history.]
Major Jeffery Ray Calero Way (Queens)
Present name:Hollis Court Boulevard
Location:Between Jamaica Avenue and Hillside Avenue
Honoree: Jeffrey Ray Calero (d. 2007) had a distinguished career in the Special Forces Command of the United States Army. He was killed while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq.
Malcolm X Place (Queens)
Present name:97th Street
Location:Between 23rd and 24th Streets
Honoree: Malcolm X (1925-1965) was a prominent African-American leader during the 1950s and 60s. He was one of the more controversial figures of his time, but his impact on the civil rights movement is unquestioned. Malcolm X lived on this block with his wife and four daughters for almost five years before he was killed in 1965.
Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 192nd Street and Linden Boulevard
Honoree: Malik Taylor (1970-2016) was a rapper known as Phife Dawg. He was a member of A Tribe Called Quest, a hip-hop group from New York which broke up and reunited multiple times through the years. A Tribe Called Quest formed in 1985 and released five albums that sold millions of copies. The groups’ album 'Midnight Marauders' is often ranked as one of the best hip-hop albums of all-time. Taylor also released a solo album in 2000 called 'Ventilatio: Da LP.' He died of complications from diabetes. (Miller)
Malta Square (Queens)
Present name:Hoyt Avenue South at 27th Street
Location:At location closest to 27-20 Hoyt Avenue South
Honoree: The Maltese Center, located at 27-20 Hoyt Avenue South, serves a large Maltese population in the surrounding area. This designation marked its 25th anniversary.
Manny “The Wrong Man” Balestrero Way (Queens)
Present name:73rd Street
Location:Between 41st Avenue and Woodside Avenue
Honoree: Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero (1909-1998) a Stork Club musician, was an innocent man who in 1953 was arrested outside his home in Jackson Heights and accused of robbery. During his trial, an outburst by a juror resulted in a mistrial. Shortly after, the real thief, Charles J. Daniell, was caught before Balestrero's second trial began. Daniell confessed to forty robberies, including the two for which Balestrero was accused. Alfred Hitchcock movie, “The Wrong Man,” based on Balastrero's ordeal, was filmed at the actual locations where the events occurred. (Dromm)
Manuel de Dios Unanue Street (Queens)
Present name:83rd St
Location:Bounded by Baxter Ave and Roosevelt Ave
Honoree: Manuel de Dios Unanue (1943-1992), began working for the Spanish-language newspaper "El Diario-La Prensa" in 1977 and was its editor-in-chief from 1984-1989. After leaving the paper, he continued to write and crusade against crime and corruption. On March 11, 1992, as he was payig his bill at a restaurant in Jackson Heights, a gunman walked up to him and shot him twice in the head, He was 49. The killing was later found to have been ordered by a Colombian drug cartel. The killer was convicted and faced a life sentence, while three others in the conspirancy were each sentenced to 18 years.
Manuel Mayi Jr Corner (Queens)
Location:NE corner at the intersection of 108th St and 36th Ave
Honoree: Manuel Mayi, Jr. (1972-1991) was an outstanding student and athlete. He played soccer, basketball and football at Newtown High School. After graduating with honors, he enrolled at Queens College. On March 29, 1991 at age 18, he was brutally beaten to death at the corner of 108th Street and 36th Avenue after having been chased by three youths from 53rd Avenue to 36th Avenue.
Manuel Mojica Avenue (Queens)
Location:Southwest corner of 34th Avenue and 21st Street
Honoree: Firefighter Manuel Mojica (b. 1964) was killed at the World Trade Center during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Marcellus Matricciano Way (Queens)
Present name:75th Street
Location:Between 30th Avenue and 31st Avenue
Honoree: Marcellus Matricciano (b. 1970) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Mario P. Russo Boulevard (Queens)
Present name:Amstel Boulevard
Location:Between Beach 71st Street and Beach 75th Street
Honoree: Mario Russo (1915-2002), a carpenter by trade, and worked on many of the Rockaway projects such as Hammels Houses, Arverne, Nordeck, Dayton and Surfside and later at the Green Acres shopping area. Prior to his retirement, Mario was head of the Somerville-Arverne Civic Association and served as President of the Arverne Civil Council Inc. for many years
Marjorie Sewell Cautley Way (Queens)
Present name:45th Street
Location:Between Skillman Avenue and 39th Avenue
Honoree: Marjorie Sewell Cautley (1891-1954), a landscape architect, worked on a variety of public landscape projects. Some have attributed to her the design of Sunnyside Gardens’ famous “superblocks,” where the houses are oriented towards rear courts. She is also known for her work on the Phipps Garden Apartments, Hillside Homes and Radburn in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. In 1935, she became Landscape Consultant to the State of New Hampshire and oversaw the construction of ten state parks. She taught at Columbia University and MIT and her writings were also published often in Landscape Architecture, House and Garden, American City, and the Journal of the American Institute of Planners. In 1935, she published the book "Garden Design," and later wrote a thesis on urban planning at the University of Pennsylvania. (Van Bramer)
Marlon A. Bustamante Place (Queens)
Present name:47th Avenue
Location:Between 102nd and 104th Streets
Honoree: Marlon Bustamante (1981-2006) was on his second tour of duty in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division when he was killed on February 1, 2006 in a roadside bombing in eastern Baghdad.
Martin M. Trainor Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 58th Street and Roosevelt Avenue
Honoree: Martin Trainor (1924-2009), an attorney, co-founded Woodside on the Move. His law practice focused on fighting for rights of union members and their families. He was active in the Anoroc Democratic Club and St. Sebastian’s Church and a member of Community Board 2.
Mary Sarro Way (Queens)
Present name:73rd Street
Location:Between 34th Avenue and 35th Avenue
Honoree: Mary Sarro (d. 2012) was a leader in community endeavors in Jackson Heights for nearly four decades, including 20 years as District Manager of Community Board 3.
Mary Vavruska Way ()
Present name:At the southeast corner of 34th Avenue
Location:Between 93rd Street and 94th Street
Honoree: Mary Vavruska (1932-2015) was a civic leader for over 50 years. As president of the Brulene Coop Board, she organized NORC and Selfhelp Community Services for the Northridge, Southridge and Brulene coops. She was a founder and board member of the Jackson Heights Community Corp. and in the early 1970s created the Dirt End Kids which organized teens to clean up Jackson Heights. She also organized services for the homeless at the Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church. She was a member of Community Board 3 for 15 years and its chair from 1980 to 1983; and was a member and officer of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. She was instrumental in the building of Louis Armstrong I.S. 227 and of the 115th Police Precinct on Northern Boulevard. As president of the PTA at PS 92Q and PS 149Q, she organized and led a strong parent volunteer team that helped the schools stay open when threatened with closure during the mid-1970’s; She also championed continued financial support for Paired Schools under the Princeton Plan to integrate schools after the decentralization of school districts. (Dromm)
Mary’s Way (Queens)
Present name:Virginia Street
Location:Between Central Avenue and Brunswick Avenue
Honoree: Mary Trachtenberg was known as an advocate for local schools as well civic, political and religious organizations in Far Rockaway. She devoted much of her time to the Sharaay Tefila Sisterhood in Far Rockaway, the Far Rockaway chapters of Hadassah and Bnai Brith, the PTA and the Girl Scouts. She was an active member of Far Rockaway Democratic Club, canvassing for voter registration and going door to door with ballot petitions. She also serviced as a democratic representative in her district on primary and election days for over 15 years. She was also active on the Civilian Security Patrol for the 101st Police Precinct. She was instrumental in alleviating unsafe traffic conditions. (Richards)
Mason Tenders’ Way (Queens)
Location:Northeast Corner of 21st Street and 43rd Avenue
Honoree: As the umbrella organization for six local unions, the Mason Tenders’ District Council represents 15,000 members in the New York area.
Matinecock Way (Queens)
Location:At the northeast corner of Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway
Honoree: The Matinecock Indians were a branch of the Algonquin Nation who once lived in villages throughout wht is now northern Queens and Nassau County. In 1656 the last of the Matinecock tribe was driven from Douglaston and Little Neck. In the 1930s, Matinecock graves were discovered at Northern Boulevard and the remains were re-buried in the cemetery of Zion Episcopal Church. The documentary, “The Lost Spirits”, created by Matinecock descendent Eric MaryEa, tells the history of the tribe. (Vallone)
McKee Court (Queens)
Present name:164th Avenue
Location:Between 104th Street and Hawtree Basin
Honoree: This section of the bill would co-name what is now called 164th Avenue in Queens, McKee Court.
Melvin Harris Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 222nd Street and 97th Avenue
Honoree: As a youth, Melvin Harris (d. 2015) started a group to steer his peers away from the drug gangs in southeast Queens.. In his adult years he helped unite clergy and civic leaders in the group “Concerned Citizens Against Drugs.” He also organized “People United Against Brutality” which opposed indiscriminate police stop-and-search tactics, and was active in the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP. In 1987, he joined Local 1056 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, representing public bus drivers in Queens. He became the local’s Political Director and the Union Representative for the Queens Depot. As such he participated in civic meetings on improving public transportation in southeast Queens. He also had had a significant role in preparing a union contract that had national implications because of its trail-blazing benefits. He later moved to Nassau County where he was appointed to the Human Rights Commission. (Miller)
Met Life Plaza (Queens)
Present name:Bridge Plaza North a/k/a Queens Plaza
Location:Between 27th Street and 28th Street
Honoree: This designation marked The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s relocation of much of its New York City operations to Long Island City. The designation covers the area of Bridge Plaza North in front of the new Met Life offices. .
Michael A. Clarke Avenue (Queens)
Present name:137th Avenue
Location:Between 226th Street and 230th Street
Honoree: Michael A. Clarke was very active in his community and also in the First Presbyterian Church. He will be most remembered for his camera coverage at Ground Zero in 2001 and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in Belle Harbor.
Michael A. Marti Street (Queens)
Present name:79th Street
Location:Between 77th Avenue and 78th Avenue
Honoree: Michael A Marti (b. 1975) worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Michael D. Mullan FDNY Way 9.11.01 (Queens)
Present name:Jordan Street
Location:In its entirety
Honoree: Firefighter Michael D. Mullan (b. 1967) was killed during fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Michael Gurino Place (Queens)
Present name:86th Street
Location:Between Rockaway Boulevard and 101st Avenue.
Honoree: Michael Gurino (1933-1992) was one of seven children of Italian immigrants. At 16 he owned and oparted a small printing shop. In 1961 he began a limousine service which he built into Superior Limousine Service, a fleet with over 50 cars. He was actve in many community organizations in the Ozone Park/Howard Beach area including Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts. Died on August 1, 1992.
Michelle Middleton Bond Square (Queens)
Location:The four corners of the intersection of Merrick Boulevard and 224th Street
Honoree: Michelle Middleton-Bond, a former Assistant District Attorney for New York County, left in 1993 to open a law firm in southeast Queens. There she started an internship program for high school students. She also served on the board of United Children’s Appeal, volunteered for the United Negro College Fund, and taught legal writing at York College. Her life was cut short by cancer in 1997.
Mickey Carton Way (Queens)
Present name:Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Location:Between Beach 108th Street and Beach 109th Street
Honoree: Mickey Carton (1915-1992) was an electrician by trade but better known as to Irish Americans as an accordianist and leader of a popular band. He recorded several albums, appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and played at President Kennedy's inaugural ball in 1961.
Midshipman Justin Zemser Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the northwest corner of Seaside Avenue and Beach Channel Drive
Honoree: Justin Zemser (1995-2015) was a well-liked and outstanding student at Channel View Academy High School. He was valedictorian of his 2012 graduating class, also serving in student government and playing on the football team. While in high school, he interned for Council Member Ulrich and also volunteered at a local church and soup kitchen. He was accepted to the United States Naval Academy but continued to be active in his community by visiting Channel View Academy High School and giving talks to high school youths. He was a role model for kids in the community, many of whom followed his footsteps into student government. On May 12, 2015, as he was traveling home to Rockaway from the Naval Academy, Justin Zemser was killed when the Amtrak train he was riding in derailed in Philadelphia. (Ulrich)
Mike Lee Corner (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Wythe Avenue and North 6th Street
Honoree: Mike Lee (1936-2006) dedicated his personal life and business life to improving Williamsburg. Through his architectural skills, he preserved and maintained many historic buildings. He also encouraged local children and seniors throughout the community to engage in artistic activities.
Milt Hinton Place (Queens)
Present name:113th Avenue
Location:Between Marne Place and 175th Street
Honoree: Milton “Milt” Hinton (1910-2000) was a jazz bassist. During his 60 year career, he performed and recorded with Cab Calloway Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Art Tatum, Eubie Blake, Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Paul McCartney, Andre Kostelanetz, Guy Lombardo, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Billy Holiday, and Barbara Streisand. Estimates of his records and albums range from 600 to well over 1,000, making him one of the most recorded artists in history.
Mitad del Mundo (Queens)
Present name:Elmhurst Avenue
Location:Between 94th Street and 95th Street
Honoree: This co-naming recognizes the many people of Ecuadorian descent who live in the 21st Council District and the City of New York. It is estimated that 40.6% of the population are of Ecuadorian descent.
Moncrief Court (Queens)
Present name:164th Drive
Location:Between 104th Street and Hawtree Basin
Honoree: This section of the bill would co-name what is now called 164th Drive in Queens, Moncrief Court, restoring the historic name.
Monsignor Frank Bulovas Avenue (Queens)
Present name:Perry Avenue
Location:64th Street and Remsen Place
Honoree: Monsignor Bulovas (1916-1999) was ordained in 1943. After several assignments in Brooklyn he became Assistant Pastor at the Roman Catholic Church of the Transfiguration in Maspeth and later became pastor. In 1982, he was elevated` to Monsignor. He served 41 years at the Church of the Transfiguration, the last 19 years as pastor. (RGPR)
Monsignor Robert R. McCourt Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 199th Street and 113th Avenue
Honoree: Msgr. Robert R. McCourt (1935-2001) was a longtime pastor at St. Pascal Baylon Church in St. Albans and of Saint Clement Pope in Ozone Park.
Monsignor William F. Burke Way (Queens)
Present name:Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Location:From Beach 95th Street to Beach 102nd Street
Honoree: Monsignor William F. Burke (1917-2005) was ordained in 1943. His love of the Rockaways began at St. Francis deSales in 1945 before his transfer to St. Camilus Church in 1951. His famous band, founded in 1952, still plays today. In 1963, he began his work at Institutional Services of the Brooklyn Diocese but remained a fixture at St. Camilus.
Morris R. Lee Place (Queens)
Present name:228th Street
Location:Between Linden Boulevard and 116th Avenue
Honoree: Morris R. Lee (d. 2008) served on the board of the NYC Health Systems Agency and was active in many community activities. He also served as Executive Director of the Council for Airport Opportunity for more than three decades; securing employment for many thousands in the minority community as well as others.
Mother Mary Louis Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Wexford Terrace and Edgerton Boulevard
Honoree: Mother Mary Louis (1852-1932) was elected Superior General of her religious community, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph out of about 300 sisters in that order and was placed in charge of three institutions, twenty-four parochial schools and three high schools. Under her leadership, the Sisters of St. Joseph grew to 1,100 members.
Mrs. Geri Cilmi Place PS 41 (Queens)
Present name:214th Lane
Location:Between 34th Avenue and 35th Avenue
Honoree: Geri Cilmi was a New York City Science Facilitator, actively involved in science education as well as the training and professional development of science teachers. She served as Vice President of E.S.S.A (Elementary School Science Association) where she created and presented “Saturday Science,” sponsored by both E.S.S.A and S.C.O.N.Y.C (Science Counsel of New York City) at Stuyvesant High School. She worked for and assisted the Ally Pond Environmental Center at St John's University with the preservation of water habitats. (Halloran)
Msgr. Francis J Dillon Place (Queens)
Present name:150th Place
Location:Bounded by 17th Ave and eastbound service road of the Cross Island Pkwy
Honoree: Msgr Francis J. Dillon was Pastor of St. Luke's Church in Whitestone for 46 years. This designation was adopted in 1995 to mark the 30th anniverary of his death. The local Knights of Columbus Chapter was also named after him.
Msgr. Joseph A. Martusciello Way (Queens)
Present name:88th Avenue
Location:Between 87th and 88th Streets
Honoree: Monsignor Joseph A. Martusciello (1928-2004), born in Brooklyn, was ordained in 1954 and in 1984 was appointed pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle in Woodhaven where he served until his retirement in 1999.
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