NYC Honorary Street Names
"N" Honorary Streets: Queens
Nancy Cataldi Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 109th Street and 86th Avenue
Honoree: Nancy Cataldi (1953-2008) was a life-long Richmond Hill resident and co-founder of the Richmond Hill Historical Society. She was a cultural historian and active preservationist for the Victorian era homes in Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Kew Gardens.
Nancy DeBenedittis MAMA’s WAY (Queens)
Present name:104th Street
Location:Between 46th Avenue and 47th Avenue
Honoree: Nancy DeBenedittis (1919-2009) owned Leo’s Latticini, a.k.a. Mama’s of Corona, a store opened by her parents in the 1930’s and now run by her three daughters. Mama’s has been a source of giving and civic participation, supporting the 110th Precinct Queens Explorers program.
Nancy Muniz Street (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Linden Street and Cypress Avenue
Honoree: Nancy Muniz was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Natalie Crossman Pl (Queens)
Present name:226th St
Location:Bounded by Merrick Boulevard and 130th Avenue.
Honoree: Natalie May Crossman (b. 1968) grew up in Crown Heights and Laurelton. She graduated from Springfield Gardens High School and atttended Queensborough Community Cllege. She was killed at age 25 on July 1, 1994 when a careless driver slammed into a sidewalk telephone booth at 226th Street and Merrick Boulevard in which she was making a call.
National Herald Way (Queens)
Present name:30th Street
Location:Between 37th Avenue and 38th Avenue
Honoree: The Greek writing on this sign is pronounced Ethnikos Kyrix. The National Herald, as it is known in English, was founded in 1915 and is one of the oldest continually published dailies in the United States. In addition to being the main connection of Greeks and Cypriots to the lands of their birth, it provides its readers with valuable information. The newspaper?s publisher has also established a foundation that assists needy families in the community and supports educational and cultural endeavors.˙ In 1997 the newspaper launched a weekly edition in English. The National Herald?s headquarters on 37th Avenue is also an important community venue for special events. (Van Bramer)
Nativity B.V.M. Way (Queens)
Present name:91st Street
Location:Between Rockaway Boulevard and 101st Avenue
Honoree: Honors the nearby Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, which was celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Neirâ€™s Tavern Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 78th Street and 88th Avenue
Honoree: Neirâ€™s Tavern was founded in October 1819, and has been a local institution in Woodhaven ever since. it is one of the rare drinking establishment that have been in almost continuous operation (Prohibition notwithstanding) and in the same location, for its entire history. Neirâ€™s Tavern has been included in several Hollywood films, including Goodfellas starring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, and Lorraine Bracco; and Tower Heist, starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Tea Leoni, and Alan Alda. The Tavern has survived several ownerships and attempts to sell the property. Recently, Council Member Holden, along with the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Assembly Member Mike Miller, Community Board 9, and the Mayorâ€™s office, helped broker a lease agreement deal that would allow for the Tavernâ€™s continued operation at this location. Neirâ€™s Tavern has contributed to philanthropic efforts over the years and has hosted food giveaways during the coronavirus pandemic. Under the leadership of Loycent Gordon, an active FDNY firefighter, Neirâ€™s Tavern continues to serve the community with honor and distinction. (Holden)
Nicholas J. DeMasi Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 77th Street and 21st Avenue
Honoree: Nicholas J. DeMasi (d. 2015) was a firefighter stationed at Engine Company 261 for many years. He was a responder during the 9/11 attacks, and afterward spent many months working on the cleanup of Ground Zero. He retired in 2004 and later died of 9/11-related cancer. (Constantinides)
Nicholas Pennetti Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 104th Street and Nicholls Avenue
Honoree: Nicholas Pennetti was a beloved member of the Corona community who served in World War II with the United States Army. After the war, he became very active in his community. He was a leader in his parish, Saint Leo's, and a president of the Holy Name Society and the Golden Age Club. He served as president of the Parish Ushers and was the leader of the Corona Volunteer Ambulance Corp where he was on 24-hour call to ensure the safety of his community. He also served on Queens Community Board 3 for many years. He died in 2018 at the age of 94. (Moya)
Nicolas A. Nowillo Place (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Crescent Street and 40th Avenue
Honoree: Nicolas A. Nowillo (d. 2008) died trying to protect a neighbor from getting robbed on the street. He volunteered at the East River Development Alliance and helped organize a seminar to teach new immigrants how to start businesses.
Nina Adams Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 41st Avenue and 12th Street
Honoree: Nina Adams (1944-2015) was president of the Queensbridge Tenant Association and received many awards for recognition of her community work. She represented approximately 12,000 Queensbridge residents, and lobbied city, state and federal officials for programs to benefit residents. She started the Queensbridge Outreach program, which organizes after-school activities and field trips to Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore for kids from Queensbridge Houses. During the 1980s, she took in many children under her own care to keep them from wandering dangerous streets after school. (Van Bramer)
NYS Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette Way (Queens)
Location:At the northwest corner of 92nd Street and 34th Avenue
Honoree: Ivan Lafayette (1930-2016), a veteran of the U.S. Army, served over 30 years in the State Assembly. Throughout his career he advocated for schools; passed legislation that made it illegal to drive without insurance; and was also one of the first elected officials to support same-sex marriage in New York. He was a founding member of the Jackson Heights/Elmhurst Kehillah, or Jewish Community Council, a member of the Jewish War Veterans Post 209, president of the Jackson Heights Community Federation, and a trustee of the North Queens Homeowner and Civic Association. (Dromm)
Nzingha Abena Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 233rd Street and Francis Lewis Boulevard
Honoree: The murder of Emmett Till inspired Sister Nzingha Abena (1939-2019) to devote her life to working for Justice, Peace and Equality for all. She worked in Poverty Programs set up in 1968 to help secure jobs for inner city youth and provide day care centers. She volunteered in the Public Schools from 1962-1973. She eventually found her calling as an educator. She attended Fordham University on full scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education/Social Science and a Master’s in Education. She taught at P.S. 113K, P.S. 21K and Brooklyn College High School Academy. After retiring from the NYC Dept. of Education, she continued her work in the community. She was the Co-Chair of the Million Man/Woman March Coordinating Council of Queens, Inc. from 1995-2008. She was Vice President and Board member for the Varied Internship Program, for more than 20 years, in that capacity she helped more than 1000 youth from southeast Queens obtain meaningful after school paid internships. Sister Nzingha was a key organizers of the Annual Black College Tour, For five years she annually travelled with hundreds of Middle and High School students to more than eleven historically Black Colleges. She also had a leadership role in organizing Youth Days, Fathers and their Families Marches and community political, education and economic forums for the residents of Southeast Queens. At the time of her death, she was also doing volunteer teaching in the after school program at P.S.156. (Richards)
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