NYC Honorary Street Names
"P" Honorary Streets: Queens
P. O. Robert M. Ehmer Place (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 95th Street and 43rd Avenue
Honoree: Police Officer David Ehmer (1963-2010) died from illnesses he contracted after inhaling toxic materials as he participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Officer Ehmer had served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years and was assigned to the 110th Precinct. (Ferreras)
P.O. Paul Talty Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 50th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard
Honoree: Police Officer Paul Talty (b. 1960) was killed on September 11, 2001 during rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Palmina Delli Gatti Place (Queens)
Location:Northeast corner of 47th Avenue and Jackson Avenue
Honoree: Palmina Delli Gatti worked for Marsh & McLennan at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Pamela Mascaro Corner (Queens)
Location:Southeast corner of 76th Road and Austin Avenue
Honoree: Pamela Jean Mascaro lived in Forest Hills with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. On Christmas night 1992, while the family was on the Grand Central Parkway, driving home from a Christmas dinner, Ms. Mascaro was killed by a shot fired from a nearby car. A suspect, a convicted burglar, was arrested in 1998.
Pandit Ramlall Way (Queens)
Location:At the southwest corner of 133rd Street and Liberty Avenue
Honoree: Pandit Ramlall (1928-2019) was a scholar, author, freedom fighter for Guyanaâ€™s independence. He was the leader of the Arya Spiritual Center which educated youths regarding religion and culture, and founder of the Annual Phagwah Parade held in Richmond Hill. Before he migrated to the United States in 1974, he was highly regarded in Guyana where he was born and raised. There, he served as a Member of Parliament advocating for the working class and at one point was jailed for nearly three years at Sibley Hall for his activism. In the United States, he studied psychology and received a diploma in Education. In 1975, he received the prestigious literary award at the first Vishwa Hindi Sammelan (World Hindi Conference) in Nagpur, India and also received numerous awards from Canada and the United States for his teachings and community work. (Adams)
Park of the Americas (Queens)
Present name:Linden Park
Location:Park at 104th Street and 41st Avenue
Honoree: No data.
Pat Dolan Way (Queens)
Present name:Vleigh Place
Location:Between 72nd Road and 72nd Drive
Honoree: Patricia Dolan (d. 2011) advocated for pedestrian safety for over 25 years as president of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association. She founded the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy, was a member of Community Board 8 and president of the Queens Civic Congress (a coalition of some 150 civic groups)...
Pat Williams Playground (Queens)
Location:Hempstead Avenue, 224th Street and the Cross Island Parkway Service Road
Honoree: Pat Williams (1936-1990) and her husband, a retired Air Force man, settled in New York in 1974. She was a leading member of Concerned Citizens for a Safe Queens Village.
Patricia “Trish” Cimaroli – Massari Street (Queens)
Present name:64th Street
Location:Between Catalpa Avenue and Shaler Avenue
Honoree: Patricia Cimaroli-Massari worked at Marsh & McLennan in the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. [Patricia A. Massari in NY Times list]
Patrick Beckles Way (Queens)
Present name:31st Drive
Location:Between Astoria Boulevard and Ditmars Boulevard
Honoree: Patrick Beckles (d. 2017) was very involved in civic and community activities for over 40 years. He was the president of the Ditmars Boulevard Block Association; volunteered as an auxiliary police officer with the rank of sergeant at the 115th precinct; and was a member of Community Planning Board 3, Queens; as well as the East Elmhurst-Corona Civic Association. Mr. Beckles spearheaded the revitalization of Flushing Bay and spent many hours working with the Army Corps of Engineers on the project. In 1967, he co-founded The American Small Craft Association, which, is celebrating its 51st anniversary this year and continues to be a not-for-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the teaching of sailing and boating. (Moya)
Patrick C Deignan Mall (Queens)
Location:The enter traffic islands of 34th Avenue, commonly known as the 34th Avenue Mall, between 69th Street and Junction Boulevard
Honoree: Patrick Deignan (1946-1983) was a civic leader in Jackson Heights. He co-founded the Jackson Heights Civic Association; was founder and board chairman of the Catherine M. Sheriden Center for senior cistizens; and active in various charitable, fraternal and church organizations. He was member of Community Board 3 and its chairman from 1973 to 1975. A Democratic District leader in Jackson Heights from 1974 to 1982, he chaired the Borough President's. Commission on Charter Revision. He died in 1983 after a brief illness.
Peter Chahales Park (Queens)
Location:Bounded by 69th Street, 58th Avenue and the Queens Midtown Expressway
Honoree: Peter Chahales (1922-1994), owner of the Spartan Restaurant on Grand Avenue, was a longtime civic leader and the unofficial “Mayor of Maspeth”.
PFC Alberto Colon Street (Queens)
Present name:204th Street
Location:Between 46th Road and 47th Avenue
Honoree: PFC Alberto Colon was a United States Marine killed in action in Vietnam on February 20, 1968. At the time of his death he had just turned 19 years of age.
PFC James E. Prevete Avenue (Queens)
Present name:5th Avenue
Location:Between 147th and 149th Streets
Honoree: PFC. James E. Prevete (1982-2004), was a life-long resident of Whitestone, joined the Army in 2003. He was killed while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Habbaniya, Iraq.
PFC Le Ron A. Wilson (Queens)
Present name:145th Avenue
Location:Between Farmers Boulevard and Arthur Street
Honoree: Le Ron A. Wilson immigrated to the United States at the age of 11. After graduating Thomas Edison High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq. He was killed on July 6, 2007, when an IED exploded near his vehicle.
Pfc. Hernando Rios Place (Queens)
Location:Southwest corner of Queens Boulevard and 49th Street
Honoree: Hernando Rios (1975-2005) was a maintenance supervisor in the World Trade Center during the attacks of September 11, 2001. He joined the New York National Guard after the war in Iraq began While on patrol in Iraq, he was killed by a roadside bomb.
Pfc. Luke N. Gasparre Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 43rd Street and 25th Avenue
Honoree: Luke N. Gasparre (1924-2020) entered military service in 1944 and was deployed to France, where he served in the 87th Infantry Division. During that time he participated in securing the city of Metz, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. For his service, he received seven medals, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was later awarded the French Legion of Honor . After the war, Gasparre returned to Astoria, where he started a family and took a job with the U.S. Postal Service. In 1964, he took a second job with the New York Mets at the recently-opened Shea Stadium. During his 55 years as an usher, he witnessed two World Series victories, the legendary concert by the Beatles, and a visit from the Pope. Although he grew up a Yankees fan (and was once even quizzed on baseball and the Yankees to prove he was an American soldier), he became one of the most familiar, beloved faces at Shea Stadium and Citi Field. (Constantinides)
Pietro Cesare Alberti Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 104th Street and Corona Avenue
Honoree: Pietro Cesare Alberti (1608-1655), born in Venice, was the first Italian to settle in America. He prospered as the owner of a house and a farm on land that later became the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A street in Corona once bore the name Albertus Avenue, the Dutch version of his name.
Plaza College Way (Queens)
Present name:37th Avenue
Location:Between 74th Street and 75th Street
Honoree: Plaza College, a private college founded in 1916 in Long Island City, moved to 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights in 1970. At the time of this designation, it was accredited as a junior college. Since, then, it has been authorized to grant bachelor’s degrees in business administration and in patient information management.
Plaza of Heroes (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Perry Avenue and 68th Street
Honoree: This designation honors the members of Squad 288, Hazmat 1, located at 56-29 68th Street in Queens. This unit was one of the first to respond to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11th. It is also the unit that suffered some of the greatest losses in the City. Eleven members of Hazmat 1 perished in the collapse of the Twin Towers.
Police Officer George Scheu Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 93rd Street and Northern Boulevard
Honoree: Police Officer George Scheu was a member of the United States Naval Reserves, served with the NYPD for 19 years and was assigned to the 115th Precinct. On July 16, 1987 he was shot and killed while he was off duty when attempting to take action during a robbery. (Moya)
Police Officer Kenneth Anthony Nugent Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 91st Avenue and 188th Street
Honoree: Patrolman Kenneth Nugent had served with the NYPD for 13 years and was assigned to the 103rd Precinct. On August 21, 1971, on his way to work, he walked into a luncheonette on Hollis Avenue and interrupted three men robbing the manager. He drew his weapon and ordered the men to drop their weapons, however the subjects suddenly turned and opened fire. Patrolman Nugent was able to shoot and kill one suspect before being shot. Two other suspects escaped, but were later arrested and charged with murder. Patrolman Nugent was killed in the line of duty.(Miller)
Police Officer Nicholas DeMutiis Playground (Queens)
Present name:Ozone Playground
Location:Existing PG on Liberty Avenue Between 101st Street and 102nd Street
Honoree: Nicholas DeMutiis (1962-1994) was assigned to the 106th Precinct. On the night of January 25, 1994, on his way to work, he spotted a group of police cars pursuing a stolen car. He placed his 1977 Plymouth at the corner of 102nd Street and Liberty Avenue to block the suspect, who rammed his vehicle broadside, pinning the car to a pillar. Officer DeMutiis died of his injuries.
Police Officer Ramon Suarez Avenue (Queens)
Present name:Catalpa Avenue
Location:Between Woodward Avenue and Onderdonk Avenue
Honoree: Police Officer Ramon Suarez (b. 1956) was killed at the World Trade Center during rescue operations following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Poor Freddie’s Avenue (Queens)
Present name:129th Avenue
Location:Between Merrick Boulevard and 174th Street
Honoree: Freddie Dill, Sr. was a role model for entrepreneurs and a valued and active member of his community. When he moved to Jamaica, Queens, he met Clarence Shackelford who taught him the trade of landscaping. Freddie went on to own and run a towing service, a tire center, a take-out and catering establishment and finally, an auto center.
Pope John Paul II Way (Queens)
Present name:56th Road
Location:Between 61st Street and 64th Street
Honoree: Pope John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyła, was pope for almost 27 years, from October 16, 1978 until his death in 2005. He was the first non-Italian pope since the 16th century. His early reign was marked by his opposition to communism, and he is often credited as one of the forces which brought about the fall of the Soviet Union. His papacy is remembered by his ecumenical approach to accommodate other Christian sects as well as to forge a better understanding with the Islamic world. (Crowley)
Priscilla Carrow Way (Queens)
Location:At the northeast corner of 98th Place and 57th Avenue
Honoree: Priscilla Carrow (1955-2020) dedicated her life to the East Elmhurst/Corona community. She worked with the NYS Department of Labor and the NYS Senate. In 1994, she worked for NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst. She was a member of the Communications Workers of America Local 1180 since 2006, and a Senior Shop Steward. She was a long time member of Queens Community Board 4, Executive Director for the Lefrak City Youth and Adult Activities Association; and Program Director for the Kenny Anderson Basketball Classic. She served as a Delegate for the 11th Judicial Convention and was County Committee person of the 35th Assembly District, Queens County. She also chaired the National Council of Negro Women/Empress Life Members Guild; was secretary for the Better Community League (BCL); and member of the Ericsson Street Block Association 27th & 29th Avenues, the Fredrick Douglas Democratic Association, the Corona East Elmhurst N.A.A.C.P., Friends of the Queens Library, chair of EHC Sports and Recreation Committee, You Can Go To College Committee, Co-Founder/Vice-President of the Democratic Association of the 21st Century Club, Sherwood Village Tenant Association President, and member of the First Baptist Church. She died of complications from COVID-19. (Moya)
Professor William H. Pease, Jr. Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 104th Street and 35th Avenue
Honoree: William H. Pease, Jr. was a teacher, a former engineer and an advocate of the study of African-American history. He served in the Army Air Forces as a weather observer during WWII and was stationed for a period in Tuskegee, Alabama. He was the first African-American president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He served more than two decades as an educator at Suffolk County Community College and was the first full-time African-American administrator at the college. (Ferreras)
Ptl. Phillip Cardillo Way (Queens)
Present name:28th Avenue
Location:Between College Point Boulevard and Ulmer Street
Honoree: Police Officer Cardillo was 31 years old in 1971 when he received a 10-13 call (signifying that a fellow officer was in danger) and rushed to the location along with his partner. On entering the location, a mosque, the two officers were attacked and Cardillo was shot with his own gun. A suspect was arrested but no conviction was obtained and the case remains highly controversial. A new NYPD Harbor Vessel is under consideration to be renamed in honor of Ptl. Phillip Cardillo. The Blue Knights Chapter X and its presidents honor his memory annually with a motorcycle ride. A book, Circle of Six, by Randy Jurgenson, was published in 2007 and tells the story of Phillip Cardillo’s death and the case against his alleged killer. (Vallone)
Punjab Avenue (Queens)
Present name:101st Avenue
Location:Between 111th Street and 123rd Street
Honoree: The Punjabis are an ethnic group associated with the Punjab region in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, presently divided between Punjab, India and Punjab, Pakistan. Punjabis may be Muslim, Sikh or Hindu. A significant number of Punjabi Sikhs have immigrated to the United States in the last three decades or so. Richmond Hill, New York, has a high concentration of these immigrants. See also Gurdwara Street. (Adams)
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