NYC Honorary Street Names
"W" Honorary Streets: Queens
Walter Becker Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 112th Street and 72nd Drive
Honoree: Walter Carl Becker (1950-2017) was an American musician, songwriter, bassist and record producer. He was a native of Forest Hills, Queens, growing up at 112-20 72nd Drive in Forest Hills. In 1971, Walter Becker and his partner, Donald Fagen, formed the jazz-rock band Steely Dan. They produced music that was highly regarded by critics and fellow musicians alike, and sustained a devoted audience for over 40 years. In 2000, Steely Dan won four Grammys, including Record of the Year. Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. (Koslowitz)
Walter Kaner Lane (Queens)
Present name:Amboy Lane
Location:Between Jamaica Avenue and Springfield Boulevard
Honoree: Walter Kaner (d. 2005) founded the Walter Kaner Children’s Foundation in 1950 to help poor, handicapped and mentally challenged children in New York. His foundation has enhanced the lives of more than 250,000 physically and mentally challenged, economically disadvantaged children in the New York metro area.
Walter Kelly Jr. Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 132nd Avenue and Farmers Boulevard
Honoree: Walter Kelly Jr. was a jazz musician who began playing the trumpet in his high school band. He later played in a US Army Band during the Korean War, in which he earned the rank of Sergeant. After his service, he played in numerous New York City nightclubs and was among Harlem's great musicians during its ‘Jazz Heyday’ in the 1950s and 60s. He toured Japan three times with the Sil Austin Band and played the Ed Sullivan Show with the Ray Charles Band. He also toured the United States with his own band, the ‘Kelly All-Stars.’ He portrayed Louis Armstrong in a play about musicians that was given at numerous junior high schools throughout the City, and he toured the country with the hit Broadway play, ‘Sophisticated Ladies.’ (Richards)
Walter McCaffrey Place (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 61st Street and Woodside Avenue
Honoree: Walter McCaffrey served as chairman of Queens Community Board 2, and chief-of-staff first to then Manhattan Borough President Andrew Stein, and later to Congressman Thomas Manton. In 1985, he was elected to the first of four terms in the New York City Council representing Woodside, Long Island City and Sunnyside for 16 years. He was instrumental in getting the library built in Long Island City that was named after Rep. Geraldine Ferraro. He also helped establish the five borough’s first homeless shelter for war veterans and its first police suicide prevention program. (Van Bramer)
William Cooper Walk (Queens)
Present name:62nd Road
Location:Between the south side of Queens Boulevard and Saunders Streets
Honoree: William Cooper (1897-1987) was President and Chairman of Green Bus Lines, which he had founded in 1925. This block is where the first Green Lines bus began its route. Mr. Cooper was a major contributor to the Lighthouse for the Blind in Queens and was also board chairman of the Rego Park Jewish Center for over two decades.
William M. Feehan Triangle (Queens)
Location:Triangle at the intersection of 164th Street, 27th Avenue and Bayside Lane
Honoree: William M Feehan (b. 1929) was First Deputy Commissioner of the NYFD. He was killed during the fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. [Spelled Freehan in LL 2002/28]
William Modell Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Jackson Avenue and Queens Boulevard
Honoree: William Modell (1921-2008) succeeded his father in running the nation’s oldest family-owned sporting goods company. He co-founded the Jeffrey Modell Foundation for Immunological Research (his son Michael died of Crohn’s disease) and founded Gilda’s Club in New York.
Willow Street (Queens)
Present name:40th Avenue
Location:Between Douglaston Parkway and Circle Road
Honoree: This was the historic name of 40th Avenue prior to the 1920s, when local streets were given numerical designations to bring them “in line” This street is within the Douglaston-Little Neck historic district. .
Winged Fist Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of 43rd Street and 48th Avenue
Honoree: The Winged Fist was the emblem of the Irish-American Athletic Club (IAAC), which met and trained at Celtic Park from 1898 to 1930. Between 1900 and 1924, members of the IAAC won 56 medals for the United States Olympic team.
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