NYC Honorary Street Names
"E" Honorary Streets: Staten Island
E.M.T. Christopher J Prescott Playground (Staten Island)
Present name:Huguenot Playground
Location:Playground at the northeast corner of Edith Avenue and Irvington Street, adjacent to I.S. 7.
Honoree: Christopher Prescott (1972-1994) joined the Emergency Medical Service in 1993 and was assigned to Station 34 on Pennsylvania Avenue. On June 17, 1994, while attending the victims of a car accent at Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue, a drunken driver crashed into the accident scene, fatally injuring EMT Prescott. He was the first EMT killed in the line of duty since the creation of the agency in 1970.
Earlene Bethel-Sperling Way (Staten Island)
Location:Northeast corner of St. Marks Place and Hamilton Avenue
Honoree: Earlene Bethel-Sperling (d. 1911), a worker for the NYC Addiction Services Agency, helped found the Staten Island Minority Civic Association and, through it, the Staten Island Street Olympics.
Eddie Zambrana Jr. Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Richmond Avenue and Armand Street
Honoree: Eddie Zambrana, Jr. (b. 1977), who was employed by Project Renewal, was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Eden II Lane (Staten Island)
Location:Underneath the Beach Street sign at the intersection of Beach Street and Union Place
Honoree: Honors the Eden II School for Autistic Children (DBA Eden II Programs), founded in 1976,
Edgar Meekins Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and Fayette Avenue
Honoree: Edgar Meekins (1921-1999) served in the United States Army during WWII and was awarded three Bronze Stars for his valor in battle. After the war, he was very active with the Knights of Columbus. He was employed by Staten Island Savings Bank where he planted vegetables on the bank property and would give them to all the employees. (Matteo)
Education Activist Lilian Popp Way (Staten Island)
Location: At the southeast corner of Wall Street and Belmont Place
Honoree: Lilian Popp influenced the lives of countless students in her teaching career. Born in Brooklyn, she later relocated to Port Richmond. She began teaching at McKee Vocational and Technical High School, where she was chair of academic studies, before going on to become principal of William Howard Taft High School in the Bronx. In 1970, she interviewed for a principal's position at Susan Wagner High School, but was turned down because, she was told, they didn't want a female principal. She later became Staten Island's Community School Board president, lobbying for more female principals in the 1980’s. She was president of the Committee for a Nuclear Free Island; vice president of Staten Islanders Against Nuclear Weapons; founder and president of the Coalition of Staten Island Women's Organizations; and sat on the board of directors of the Staten Island Mental Health Society. She organized protest marches along Bay Street, and took her anti-nuke campaign to Washington and Newark. She also launched a student-run escort service, where students accompanied seniors to grocery stores and doctors' offices, and an early teen pregnancy program at Taft. Ms. Popp compiled five anthologies of literature, and edited three books. However, her first published work was a letter to the editor of the Staten Island Advance at the height of World War II. In the 1945 letter, she took the minority view, protesting discrimination against a ''negro nurse.'' Ms. Popp died in 2017 at the age of 99. (Rose)
Educator & Athlete Arnold Obey Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the northeast corner of Jersey Street and Crescent Avenue
Honoree: Arnold Obey (d. 2020) was a long-time educator and a pillar in Staten Islandâ€™s sports community starting from when he starred on Wagner Collegeâ€™s basketball team in the mid-1960s. He grew up in the Bronx and helped lead DeWitt Clinton H.S. to a 38-1 record, two public school city championship games and one city title between his junior and senior years. He went on to a Hall of Fame career at Wagner, starting three years for the Seahawks and leading them to a 54-29 record during his tenure. He scored 1,018 career points on Grymes Hill. He became the boysâ€™ varsity basketball coach at Staten Island Academy. He was a Drug Awareness Teacher during his tenure. He was an Assistant Principal at PS 16 in Tompkinsville in the mid-1980s and later became principal at PS 31 in New Brighton. He ran the night center at PS 18 in West Brighton for several years. The Brighton Kiwanis Club honored him by naming a race after him in 2017 when the club held the Arnold Obey/Armed Forces Day 5K Run. The fundraiser helped collect funds for Staten Islandâ€™s high school track & field teams. He was the recipient of numerous awards, specifically by Lifestyles for the Disabled of Staten Island for his leadership and dedication. He was also recognized by the Brown Bombers. (Rose)
Edward “Iron Man” Holder Avenue (Staten Island)
Location:Northeast corner of Corbin Avenue and Barlow Avenue
Honoree: Edward Holder (1984-2005) followed a family tradition of becoming iron worker. After the September 11th World Trade Center disaster, he and other family members worked untold hours cutting through the mass of debris in hope of saving lives.
Edward A. Tierney, Sr. Corner (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of West Fingerboard Road and Clove Road
Honoree: In 1917, Edward A. Tierney, Sr. sailed aboard the first ship of U. S. Army Engineer units bound for Europe soon after the United States entered World War I. As a color-guard sergeant, he served on various battle fields in France until the end of the war. He was then assigned for one year to the U. S. Army of Occupation at headquarters housed in a hillside castle overlooking the Rhine. Many members of his family have served and continue to serve in the U. S. military today. (Oddo)
Edward Colucci Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Newberry Avenue and Bank Place
Honoree: Edward Colucci (1919-2018) joined the military in 1942 and served in the United States Army, 45th Infantry, Thunderbird Division. He fought in the battle of Anzio, in Italy, and was serving with that Division when it took Munich and then liberated the Dachau concentration camp. For his service, he received the Bronze Star. He was a member of the Hunter-Pasqualini American Legion Post for 75 years. There he helped hold hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children. (Matteo)
Edward Edwards Lane (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Gifford’s Lane and Margaret Street
Honoree: Ed Edwards (1930-2005) was a pioneer in “downsizing” Staten Island communities, having been at the forefront of that movement with the Giffords Civic Association’s effort to preserve the unique character of Great Kills Town. He was also a strong advocate for the public library system.
Edward K. “Eddie” Oliver Place (Staten Island)
Present name:Florence Place
Location:Between Seguine Avenue and Elizabeth Place
Honoree: Edward K. Oliver (b. 1970), who worked for Carr Futures, was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Edward R. Stanzione Place (Staten Island)
Location:Northwest corner of Forest Avenue and Bennett Avenue
Honoree: Edward Stanzione (1932-2003) worked with his father at Stanzione’s Deli and took over the family business when his father retired. When he wasn’t enjoying food – preparing and eating it too – he was watching his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. He was a member of the Richmond County Post of the VFW in Port Richmond.
Eleven in Heaven Square-Rescue 5 (Staten Island)
Present name:Clove Road
Location:Between Targee Street and Oder Avenue
Honoree: Honor eleven members of NYFD Rescue 5 who were killed in the 9-11 attacks. They were Battalion Chief Louis Modafferi, Lieutenant Harvey Harrell, and Firefighters John Bergin, Carl Bini, Mike Fiore, Andre Fletcher, Joseph Mascali, Douglas Miller, Jeffrey Palazzo, Nick Rossomando and Allen Tarasiewicz.
Elizabeth “Betty” Pancila Street (Staten Island)
Location:Northwest corner of Scarsdale Avenue and School Street
Honoree: Betty Pancila (d. 2005) was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and beloved school secretary at P.S.8.
Elizabeth Egbert Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the southeast corner of Richmond Terrace and Snug Harbor Road at the eastern leg of Snug Harbor Road
Honoree: Elizabeth Egbert (d. 1969) was President and CEO of the Staten Island Museum. She made it one of New York's most engaging cultural entities and was responsible for restoring its new home, a landmark building at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. She had an extensive career as an artist, sculptor and printmaker; and also taught art at Hunter College and other institutions. She was also Chairperson/President of the Board of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, and a board member of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and of the Mud Lane Society for the Renaissance of Stapleton. (Rose)
Elizabeth Stanton Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Richmond Terrace and Jersey Street
Honoree: Elizabeth Stanton (d. 2008), a legal receptionist, lived in the Richmond Terrace Houses where she was president of the tenants’ association for 20 years. She was also a dedicated foster parent and a Boy Scout troop leader.
Ellsworth Avenue (Staten Island)
Present name:Pawling Avenue
Location:Drumgoole Road East and Hawley Avenue
Honoree: [Replaces former name. Amends City map. No Committee Report.]
Eugene J. Raggio Place (Staten Island)
Location:Northeast corner of Penn Avenue and Tenth Street
Honoree: Eugene J. Raggio (b. 1946) worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Eugene S. Devlin III Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Todt Hill Road and Flagg Place
Honoree: Eugene S. Devlin III (1947-2009) was a U.S. Army MP in Germany from 1967 to 1969, and went on to a career in the NYPD. He rose to the rank of Assistant Chief and was Borough Commander for Staten Island from 1996 to 2001. His tenure saw a decline of more than 70 percent in the borough’s crime rate.
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