NYC Honorary Street Names
"R" Honorary Streets: Queens
Rabbi Avraham Schechter Way (Queens)
Present name:72nd Drive
Location:Between 147th Street and 150th Street
Honoree: Rabbi Schechter moved to Kew Garden Hills in 1961 where he became both a community and spiritual leader. He was a member of Community Board 8 for 26 years, and Area Chairman of the Zoning Committee. He also co-founded the Jewish Action Committee, United Yeshiva, and was editor of the Voice of Mid-Queens newspaper.
Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz Way (Queens)
Present name:Union Turnpike
Location:The south side of Union Turnpike between Kent Avenue and Chevy Chase Street.
Honoree: Rabbi Mowshowitz (1914-1992) was the long-time spiritual leader of the Hillcrest Jewish Center in Jamaica, Queens, and served as president of the New York Board of Rabbis. Born in Poland, he was an active Zionist and a campaigner for civil rights in this country and abroad. He was in one of the first delegations of rabbis to visit the USSR to study the condition of Soviet Jewry. He also marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and helped establish Crossroads Africa, a forerunner of the Peace Corps.
Rabbi Joseph Weiss Avenue (Queens)
Present name:Newport Avenue
Location:Between Beach 147th Street and Beach 149th Street
Honoree: Rabbi Joseph Weiss (1913-2001) led the Congregation of West End Temple for 52 years. . Rabbi Weiss was co-founder of the Rockaway Catholic-Jewish Committee, a member of the Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts, the Jewish War Veterans, the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, the 100 Police Precinct Council and a member of the Advisory Council of Peninsula Hospital.
Rabbi Raphael (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Empire Avenue and Sage Street
Honoree: Rabbi Raphael “Ralph” Pelcovitz (1921-2018) moved to Far Rockaway in 1951 and took up the pulpit at the White Shul while teaching at Torah Vodaath and writing scholarly books. Rabbi Pelcovitz was one of the first American born, college-educated, Orthodox rabbis. He was Rabbi and Rabbi Emeritus of his congregation, the largest in the Rockaways, for 65 years. He had a unique ability to speak and teach rivetingly in both Yiddish and English. In that regard, he was a “spokesperson” for Jews living in 20th century America, and was often a guest on local radio shows, providing commentary on issues of the day. He helped build an infrastructure of Jewish day schools, yeshivas, summer camps and other religious and social services. He published numerous scholarly articles and books in easy, accessible English, including the first and most definitive English translation of the biblical commentary of Rabbi Obadiah Seforno, a 15th century Italian scholar. He was also devoted to the welfare and growth of the Rockaways, and was even involved in helping bring the “A train” to Far Rockaway. He was well respected by local public officials, and was honored by many schools and charitable organizations for his leadership. Rabbi Pelcovitz was a board member of the Orthodox Union and a former president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. (Richards)
Rabbi Sholem B. Kowalsky Way (Queens)
Present name:Jewel Avenue
Location:Between 169th Street and 170th Street
Honoree: Rabbi Sholem B. Kowalsky (d. 2010) served a number of Jewish communities in the United States and Israel beginning in 1942. In 1959 he became rabbi at the Young Israel of Hillcrest which, under his leadership, became the largest Young Israel in New York City.
Rabbi Solomon Goldman Way (Queens)
Present name:Utopia Parkway
Location:From the Long Island Expressway to 67th Avenue
Honoree: Rabbi Goldman was a civic and religious leader in the Fresh Meadows community. He served 36 years as Rabbi of the Utopia Jewish Center, and as Rabbi Emeritus following his retirement.
Ramesh D. Kalicharran (Queens)
Present name:169th Street
Location:Between Highland Avenue and Homelawn Street
Honoree: Ramesh D. Kalicharran (1949-2017) owned real estate and travel companies in Queens. He was an activist in his community, supporting many causes including representation in Queens of the Indo-Caribbean holidays of Diwali and Phagwah. He founded the Gyaan Bhakti Satsangh Mandir; convened a meeting of Hindu Priests from which was born the USA Pandits' Parishad; and was a founding member of the Indo-Caribbean Federation which hosts the annual Indian Arrival Day celebrations. He was a founding member of the Indo-Caribbean Council, promoting the rights and welfare of Indo-Caribbeans in the United States and the Caribbean. In the mid-1980s, he launched an Indo-Caribbean radio program called "Sangeet Mala" (1520AM). He was one of the founders of the Phagwah Parade,the biggest Indo-Caribbean event of its kind. He was also a founder of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), representing 23 million Indians living outside India, and was its Caribbean Regional Coordinator. He received many awards from US and Caribbean officials including the President of Guyana. (Lancman)
Rawson Street (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Queens Boulevard and 33rd Street
Honoree: This reflects the historic name of 33rd Street in Sunnyside, prior to the adoption of numerical street designations in the early 20th Century.
Rev. Carl and Mother Helen Baldwin Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of South Road and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Honoree: Rev. Carl L. Baldwin was founder of the Godian Church and Outreach Center, and was active in combating hunger and drug addiction in Southeast Queens. Helen V. Baldwin was the Director of Community Board 1 from 1968-1986 and worked alongside her husband in charitable and civic activities.
Rev. Charlie W. Mixon Way (Queens)
Location:At both intersections of Springfield Boulevard and 113th Avenue
Honoree: Rev. Charles Mixon was pastor of the Maranatha Baptist Church, which he founded and built into an institution for 27 years. Mixon arrived in New York in the early '70s, studied theology at a Manhattan Bible school and was ordained in 1975. Three months later, he founded his own congregation. He was heavily involved in community issues that ranged from voting rights to education, and was a longtime member of Community Board 13. (Miller)
Rev. Dr. Eldridge Gittens Way (Queens)
Present name:120th Avenue
Location:Between Sutphin Boulevard and 143rd Street
Honoree: The Reverend Dr. Eldridge Gittens and eleven others founded the Rush Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church at a meeting in his living room in 1955 and subsequently relocated it to its present home at 119-48 Sutphin Boulevard. He led the church for 47 years until his death in 2002,
Rev. Dr. Freddie Brunswick Sr. Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 140th Avenue and 180th Street
Honoree: Rev. Freddie Brunswick (1927-2018) was born in Jacksonville, Florida. After serving in the U. S. Military, he moved to Harlem in 1951. There he joined the Southern Baptist Church and preached his trial sermon under the leadership of Rev. C. B. Wilson. He was ordained at the Mount Nebo Baptist Church and pursued further religious studies at Union Theological Seminary. While pastoring the Mt. Cellar Baptist Church in Harlem, he met and married Shirley Edmonds. In 1964, Pastor Brunswick and others organized the Salem Missionary Baptist Church, where he servedor over 42 years. Pastor Brunswick was active in public and denominational affairs and became the Senior Baptist Pastor in Queens. He maintained friendships with many Civil Rights leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Dr. Wyatt T. Walker. He participated in and led several marches, sit-ins, and other actions. Notably, his efforts led to keeping the campus of York College in its current location; and the development and support of the Springfield Gardens Civic Association. (Richards)
Rev. Dr. Robert J. Johansson Way (Queens)
Present name:27th Street
Location:Between 40th Avenue and 39th Avenue
Honoree: Robert Johansson (1936-2016) served his Queens community for over 50 years as the leader of the Evangel Christian Church. In the 1980s he purchased the former P.S. 4 and established the Evangel School. Today (2017) the school has over 550 students and is known for its academic excellence and for giving out $600,000 each year in scholarships. The church provides social services to the community and sponsors clothing drives. Rev. Dr. Johansson also provided services of solace to the residents of Pam’s Place Homeless Shelter. (Van Bramer)
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. Mitchell Way (Queens)
Location:Southeast corner of Northern Boulevard and Prince Street
Honoree: Rev. Dr. Timothy P. Mitchell (1930-2012) marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and was as one of the principal strategists of King’s Poor People’s Campaign. He was pastor of Flushing’s Ebenezer Baptist Church for 47 years.
Rev. Freddie Brunswick Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 140th Avenue and 180th Street
Honoree: Rev. Freddie Brunswick (1927-2018) was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He was drafted into the United States Military and served until 1949. He moved to Harlem in 1951 and joined the Southern Baptist Church where he preached his trial sermon under the leadership of Rev. C. B. Wilson. He was ordained at the Mount Nebo Baptist Church and pursued further religious studies at Union Theological Seminary. Early in his ministry, he was called to pastor the Mt. Cellar Baptist Church in Harlem, where he met and married the former Shirley Edmonds. He was later called to pastor the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jamaica, New York. In September 1964, Pastor Brunswick and others organized the Salem Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as the Pastor for over 42 years. Pastor Brunswick was active in public and denominational affairs and had the distinction of being the Senior Baptist Pastor in Queens. He maintained friendships with many Civil Rights Movement leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Dr. Wyatt T. Walker. Throughout his ministry, he participated in and led several marches, sit-ins, and other community actions. Notably, his efforts led to keeping the campus of York College in its current location; and the development and support of the Springfield Gardens Civic Association. Among his many offices and honors, he was the former President of the Sunday School and Baptist Training Union (BTU) Department, Chairman of the Trustee Board of the Eastern Baptist Association, and was the former President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Queens, NY. (Richards)
Rev. Julius & Mother Coreania Carter Way (Queens)
Location:At the northeast corner of 167th Street and Linden Boulevard
Honoree: Coreania Hayman Carter (1916-2014) taught at a college in Alabama and a middle school in Arizona, but she also had a passion for music and a profound lyric soprano voice. She was eventually asked to join the Broadway production of "Porgy and Bess," with which she traveled to over 45 countries, and later starred as Cindy Lou in "Carmen Jones." In 1940, she met Rev. Julius Ceasar Carter and in 1945, they married. Despite her love for music, she decided to retire from singing and assist her husband in ministry. In 1946, Rev Carter rejoined the active military. At that time, Mrs. Carter was directing the choir at Allen AME Church, Jamaica. Its members impressed upon Mrs. Carter to ask Rev. Carter to organize a church and be its pastor. Carter Community AME Church was founded in 1947 with the first services being held at the Crowe Funeral Home. Many of the members were professional musicians and performers. That same year, Rev. Carter located a white frame building on Linden Blvd. The church held its first service there in August 1948, but that building was destroyed by fire in 1952. In 1964, ground was broken for a new church and senior citizen complex on the same site. While Rev. Carter was away in the military, Mrs. Carter held the church together, including buying bricks for the facing of the building and jumping on oil trucks to bring oil to keep it warm for service. Mrs. Carter organized the Bertha Faithful Missionary Society at Carter Community and served as its first president and as adviser until the end. She also was president of the AME Ministers Wives and Widows Alliance, and a life member of both the AME Missionary Society and the International Association of Missionaries. (Miller)
Rev. Lawrence E. Lynch Memorial Triangle (Queens)
Location:The triangle at Atlantic Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard
Honoree: Lawrence E. Lynch was assigned to the 69th Infantry Regiment during WWII. He offered comfort to the wounded and gave last rites to hundreds of the 20,000 American soldiers who lost their lives in the battle of Okinawa. He was killed in battle on April 25, 1945 while reading the last rites to a mortally wounded soldier. Father Lynch was 38 years old. (Lynch)
Rev. Marcello J. Latona Street (Queens)
Present name:143rd Street
Location:Between 14th Avenue and 15th Avenue
Honoree: Father Latona was dedicated to the College Point and Whitestone communities. He was an honorary Chaplain for the New York City Fire Department as well as the Knights of Columbus. In addition, he was the founder of the Italian Tradition Lodge of the Order of the Sons of Italy.
Rev. Walter A. & Doris L. Jones Way (Queens)
Location:North side of 115th Road and Farmers Boulevard
Honoree: When Reverend Walter A. Jones, Sr. (1924-2017) moved his family to Hollis, there were no churches in the neighborhood. He filled this void by organizing Bible study in his home where, on October 6, 1960, the Majority Baptist Church was born with 6 women and 13 children. The new church was named for the one in Spartanburg, SC, where Walter Jones had accepted the Lord as a young boy. He completed his ministerial studies at the New York Theological Seminary and the Bethel Bible Institute. He also completed Bible Study Classes at the Bryant Memorial Baptist Church under the late Reverend Dr. Katherine Brazley, and was ordained in 1958. Rev. Jones served in leadership positions in numerous Baptist organizations. After 47 years of ministry, he retired as Senior Pastor of the Majority Baptist Church in 2008. Doris Jones was a member of Majority Baptist Church for 55 years. She was a member of the Missionary Circle, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia Ministry, Willing Workers, Nurses Unit, Sunday School Dept. and Women's Fellowship. She was a Block Watcher and also served as Den Mother of Troop #279. (Miller)
Rev. William E. Gardner Place (Queens)
Present name:31st Avenue
Location:Between 100th Street and 101st Street
Honoree: William E. Gardner, Sr. (1907-1974) served a series of churches in his native Florida before becoming pastor of the First Baptist Church, East Elmhurst, in 1950. During his pastorate First Baptist grew from less than 200 to over 2,200 members. A beautiful new church costing more than half a million dollars was built.
Reverend Dr. James C. Kelly Sr. Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of Baisley Boulevard and Smith Street
Honoree: James Clement Kelly Sr. (1928-2015) was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After serving as an infantryman in the Korean War, he became a clergyman. He was pastor of two churches in Richmand, Virginia, before relocating to Jamaica, New York, where he pastored the Calvary Baptist Church from 1977 to 1988. On September 11, 1988, he became the founder and pastor of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica, New York. The church is located at 122-05 Smith Street. He received numerous awards during his more than 50 years in the Gospel Ministry. He also served in numerous civic and religious capacities, including Vice President of the Richmond NAACP and Board Member of Jamaica Hospital. He held several high positions in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and other denominational bodies. (Miller)
Reverend Edward Eugene Jarvis Drive (Queens)
Present name:34th Avenue
Location:Between 109th and 110th Streets.
Honoree: Reverend Jarvis, born an deducated in Baltimore, was ordained at Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn 1n 1926. In 1932 he became the pastor of the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church in Flushing. After one year under his leadership, the congregation had grown so much that it had to seek larger quarters, moving to its present site at 109-20 34th Avenue in Corona. This 1992 naming marked Reverend Jarvis' 60th year as pastor of Mt Horeb Baptist Church.
Reverend Frank Strassfeld Turnpike (Queens)
Present name:Union Turnpike
Location:210th Street and 211th Street
Honoree: Frank Strassfeld (1922-1998) was born in Poland. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, he became active in the Hollis Hills Jewish Center, taking charge of religious activities and daily services. In addition he volunteered his time at the Samuel Field YM-YWCA and at Booth Memorial Hospital (RGPR)
Reverend Gene McGhee Street (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 164th Street and 107th Avenue
Honoree: Reverend Gene McGhee (1946-2007) was both a civic and religious leader in the Jamaica community. He was pastor of The Bethlehem Church of God in Christ for more than 30 years, and led numerous charitable endeavors.
Reverend James Pennington Place (Queens)
Present name:Corona Avenue
Location:From 90th Street to 91st Street
Honoree: Reverend James Pennington (1809-1870) was an abolitionist and the leader of a local congregation in pre-Civil War America. An escaped slave, he did not learn to read until adulthood, but became the first black student admitted to Yale and was ordained a Congregational minister.
Reverend James S Wright Street (Queens)
Present name:162nd St
Location:Bounded by Highland Ave and Hillside Ave
Honoree: James S. Wright (1935-1992) was born in Knoxville TN. After earning bachelor's and divinity degrees he came to New York to to work at Highland Church in Jamaica, then a Southern Baptist congregation of fewer than 100 members. Under his leadership, it grew to become an interdenominational church with over 3,000 members. The church provides outreach services to the homeless and to men of all ages, as well as to singles and prisoners.
Reverend Joseph H May Drive (Queens)
Present name:Beach Channel Dr
Location:Bounded by Beach 40th St and Beach 73rd St
Honoree: Joseph H. May was the long-time pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church as well as a civic leader in the Rockaways. He had attended Virginia Union University before coming to New York in 1941. Later that year, he was inducted into the all-black 366th Infantry and saw combat in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In 1945 he completed his bachelor's degree at LIU and went on to earn a Doctor of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. In 1947 he became pastor of Mount Carmel, which he served for 40 years, until shortly before his death in 1987.
Reverend Lucile C. Hill Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 201st Street and Linden Boulevard
Honoree: Rev. Lucile Chambers Hill (1944-2013) was ordained a Full Elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC) in 2007 and faithfully served Long Island People’s UMC until her death. Rev. Hill also founded the Theater of Dance Movement, which trained thousands of young student, and championed liturgical dance at the renowned Allen A.M.E. Cathedral and other houses of worship. (Comrie)
Richard Allen Pearlman Lane (Queens)
Present name:Metropolitan Avenue
Location:Between Selfridge Street and Trotting Course Lane
Honoree: Richard Pearlman (b. 1983), a member of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, died while assisting in rescue operations at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Richard Cecere Corner (Queens)
Location:Northwest corner of 37th Avenue and 83rd Street
Honoree: Richard Cecere (1943-2007) was chairperson of Community Board 3, active in two Democratic clubs, president of the Kiwanis Club of Jackson Heights, and active in several other civic and charitable organizations.
Richard Feynman Way (Queens)
Present name:Cornaga Avenue
Location:Between Mott Avenue and Beach 9th Street
Honoree: Richard Feynman (1918-1988) is considered by most scientists to be the greatest American physicist of the 20th century and the smartest physicist overall since Albert Einstein. He was the lead scientist on President Reagan’s committee to investigate the space shuttle Challenger accident in 1986. Dr. Feynman won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1965 while still in his 40s.
Richard Italiano Corner (Queens)
Location:At the northeast corner of 102nd Street and Strong Avenue
Honoree: Richard Italiano was the district manager and former chairman of Community Board 4. In addition, he was a member of several community organizations, including the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy, the New York Hospital Queens Community Advisory Council and the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of Queens County. He was instrumental in planning and completing projects such as the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium and the Queens Center Mall expansion. (Dromm)
Richard Trupkin Plaza (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Roosevelt and Skillman Avenues and 56th Street.
Honoree: Richard Trupkin (1932-1996) left school at 15 when his parents became ill and went into printing.. He founded his own firm which in 1966 he merged with a company in Woodside. It began an involvement with Woodside lasting more than 30 years. He founded the Kiwanis Club of Woodside, published a local paper, The Woodsider, founded the Woodside Ambulance Corps and organized the annual Woodside Marathon. He was murdered at his shop in December 1996 while collecting toys to be given to orphan children at Bellevue Hospital.
Richie Allen's Way -- FDNY 9/11/01 (Queens)
Location:The Boardwalk and Beach 91st Street
Honoree: Firefighter Richie Allen (b. 1970) died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Robert C. Lohnes Way (Queens)
Present name:145th Place
Location:Between 15th Avenue and 17th Avenue
Honoree: Robert C. Lohnes served in the United States Navy as a Seamen First Class. He was awarded the National Defense Medal. He was a New York City Police Officer from 1962 until 1996, achieving the rank of 2nd Grade Detective. He twice received awards for Excellent Police Duty. He served on the Whitestone Community Volunteer Ambulance from 1976 until 1986. From 1978 to 2014 he was a member and scoutmaster of the Whiteston Troop 235 of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a volunteer in the 9/11 Rescue Recovery and Identification effort. (Vallone)
Robert R Tilitz Place (Queens)
Location:Between Justice Avenue and 51st Street.
Honoree: Mr. Tilitz (1909-1996) moved to Elmhurst in 1917. After service in World War II, in which he rose to the rank of Captain, he attended the New School and went on to a career at the Veterans Administration. After retiring, he taught social services at Columbia University. Active in his Emhurst Community, he volunteered at a Mental health clinic; , was president of the Newtown Civic Association; was associate editor of The Newtown Crier; served on Community Board 4; was a trustee of the Queensboro Library System for 13 years; and was often referred to as the "Mayor of Emhurst."
Rocco T. Salierno Street (Queens)
Present name:Jamaica Avenue
Location:Between 76th and 77th Streets.
Honoree: Rocco T. Salierno (1929-1966), an electrician, was an active member of civic organizations in his community including the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, and the Richmond Hill /Woodhaven Lions Club. He was a charter member of the 102nd Pct. Community Council and a 28-year member of the 102nd Pct. Auxiliary Police, in which he earned the rank of captain.
Roger Laghezza Place (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 29th Street and 39th Avenue
Honoree: Roger Laghezza (d. 2009) was a co-founder of the Queens Gazette newspaper and a lifelong resident of Dutch Kills. He was a member of the Ravenswood Chapter of Lions Club and over several years collected more than 100,000 pairs of used eyeglasses for the Lions' eyeglass recycling program.
Ron Carey Avenue (Queens)
Present name:28th Avenue
Location:Between 203rd and 206th Streets
Honoree: Ron Carey (d. 2008) was a highly regarded member of his community. From 1991 to 1997 he was President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Run DMC Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 205th Street and Hollis Avenue
Honoree: Run DMC is considered to be one of the most important and influential groups in hip-hop. It group was composed of three people until the death of Jam Master Jay on October 30, 2002.
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