NYC Honorary Street Names
"B" Honorary Streets: Staten Island
Bandleader William "Bill" Hughes Way (Staten Island)
Location:Northwest corner of Broadway and Castleton Avenue
Honoree: William H. "Bill" Hughes (1930-2018) was the bandleader, director and trombonist in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. He joined the orchestra in 1953 and became its bandleader in 2003 after the death of Grover Mitchell. He traveled the world, entertaining crowds at famous festivals and venues and performing for royal families. He also performed and recorded with Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Eckstine, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams. (Rose)
Battalion Chief Charles L. Kasper Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the northeast corner underneath the Bard Avenue sign and Amelia Court
Honoree: Charles L. Kasper (1946-2001) was a New York Fire Department Battalion Chief. He was killed in the line of duty in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (Rose)
Battalion Chief Joseph Grzalek Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Beekman Street and Decker Avenue
Honoree: Battalion Chief Joseph Grzelak (b. 1949) was killed at the World Trade Center during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Battalion Chief Louis J. Modafferi Avenue (Staten Island)
Present name:Elverton Avenue
Location:Between Leverett Avenue and Woodland Avenue
Honoree: Battalion Chief Louis J. Modafferi (b. 1955) was killed at the World Trade Center during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Ben Marino Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of 9th Street and New Dorp Lane
Honoree: Ben Marino (d. 1988) was was a businessman and civic leader in New Dorp. In the early 1980s, he became the president of the New Dorp Merchants Association. He donated to many organizations including local little league teams, Pee Wee football, beauty pageants, spelling bees, girls' softball, and the Miss Staten Island scholarship. He was awarded the “Gold Broom Award” for his active role in cleaning up litter in his community. The Deborah Heart and Lung Association honored him as “Man of the Year” for his charitable work. For his dedication to the community, November 18, 1980 was proclaimed “Ben Marino Day” by the Staten Island Borough President. (Matteo)
Bertha Simons Lee Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the northwest corner of Park Avenue and Vreeland Street
Honoree: Bertha Simons Lee (1930-2014) was an active member of St. Philips Baptist Church. She served as a member of the board of trustees; as financial secretary; as president of the Senior Usher Board; and as executive chairperson of the Charles K. Smith Scholarship Committee, which offered college scholarships to high school seniors who were members of the church and non-members in the community. Ms. Lee was also active in the Staten Island community a a member of the National Association of Negro Women of Staten Island; Community Board 1; the Port Richmond Neighborhood Watch Committee; the Staten Island NAACP; and a board member of the Northfield LDC. (Rose)
Beverly Curry Way (Staten Island)
Location:Northeast corner of Westervelt Avenue and Richmond Terrace
Honoree: Beverly Curry (b. 1960) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September, 11 2001.
Bishop C. Asapansa-Johnson Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Van Duzer Street
Location:Between Hannah Street and Victory Boulevard
Honoree: Bishop C. Asapansa-Johnson was the first African-American chaplain of the New York City Fire Department. He was the pastor of Bethel Community Church and former pastor of the Allen Memorial Church (African Methodist Episcopal) in Brooklyn
Blessed Sacrament Place (Staten Island)
Present name:Delafield Avenue
Location:Between Manor Road and Greenleaf Avenue
Honoree: This naming marked the 75th anniversary of the Blessed Sacrament School, which began in 1918 in the basement of the Blessed Sacrament Church and Convent. The present school building on Delafield Avenue was opened in 1928.
Bobby Smith Court (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Forest Avenue
Honoree: Bobby Smith (d. 2008) was called the Mayor of Forest Avenue. After serving in Vietnam , he taught physical education at Sacred Heart School in West Brighton. He volunteered and donated food for the runners and volunteers at NYC Marathon start at Fort Wadsworth every year. Every also organized, at his own expense, trips to Yankee Stadium for Staten Island youth who could not afford tickets to the games.
Boimah Cooper Drive (Staten Island)
Location:Underneath the Hanover Street sign at the southwest corner of Palma Drive
Honoree: Boimah Cooper (1999-2006) was discovered by a group from the Staten Island Liberian Community Association (SILCA) during a Humanitarian Relief Mission. He was found under a tree crying and unable to walk with bones bulging from his back. The group brought him to America for spinal reconstructive surgery. During his year in the U.S., he attended PS 57 and basically adopted the children as his extended family.
Boulevard of Heroes (Staten Island)
Present name:Richmond Avenue
Location:Between Travis Avenue and Forest Hill Road
Honoree: Boulevard of Heroes. Data not found. This designation appears to refer to all first responders from Staten Island who perished in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Brian F. Hennessey Avenue (Staten Island)
Present name:Winchester Avenue
Location:Between Amboy Road and Oakdale Street
Honoree: Brian F. Hennessey (b. 1966) worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Brian Nunez Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Jewett Avenue and Victory Boulevard
Honoree: Brian Nunez (b. 1972) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Brianna Gabrielle Gioia Corner (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Forest Hill Road
Honoree: Brianna Gabrielle Gioia (1988-2008) was killed when the driver of the vehicle she was in lost control and veered into a gully and into oncoming traffic. As a result of the accident, District Attorney Daniel M. Donavan asked the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety for more stringent legislation for punishing dangerous and deadly drivers.
Brother Kevin McDonnell Way (Staten Island)
Location:Underneath the Henderson Avenue and Tysen Street signs on the South side of Tysen Street
Honoree: Brother Kevin McDonnell (1924-2002), a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, was a teacher and track coach at St. Peter’s Boys High School for over 40 years. He was first at St. Peter’s from 1953 to 1960. After assignments at other schools, he returned to St Peter’s in 1966 and remained there for the rest of his career. He taught history, math and religion while continuing his involvement with track.
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