NYC Honorary Street Names
"J" Honorary Streets: Staten Island
Jacques Marchais Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and Richmond Road
Honoree: Jacques Marchais (1887-1948) was one of the earliest collectors of Tibetan art in the United States. She developed this affinity for Tibetan culture in the late 1920s, and learned all she could about it. After viewing an exhibit dedicated to the Chinese Lama Temple Potala of Jehol, at the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago, she became particularly inspired to enhance her collection of Tibetan artifacts and share her knowledge with the world. In 1945, she founded the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Lighthouse Hill on Staten Island, the first museum in the world solely dedicated to Tibetan art. She also designed its buildings, which are the first examples of Himalayan style architecture to be built in the United States.(Matteo)
James (Jimmy) Carsten Road (Staten Island)
Location:On the Corner of Beach Road and Hillcrest Street
Honoree: James Carsten (1971-1993) had a typical Staten Island childhood. He was a delivery boy for the Advance, played Little League for a Great Kills team and was a Boy Scout. Shortly after graduating Tottenville High School and while attending Staten Island College, he died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
James “Pop” Colon Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of King Street and Osborne Avenue
Honoree: James Colon was a Korean War veteran who served in the United States Navy from 1951-1954. He was a decorated member of the FDNY for more than 30 years, completing his career as a Fire Marshal.
James “Skippy” Prior Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Whitewood Avenue and Hart Avenue
Honoree: James “Skippy” Prior (d. 2008) a retired NYPD detective, went on to serve as Inspector General for the NYS Division of Probation and Director of Investigations for the NYC Department of Corrections. He also served as president of the Richmond County Democratic Organization.
James J. Keeley Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of School Road at the east side of Bay Street
Honoree: Introduced by Council Member McMahon James J. Keeley (d. 2007) a World War II veteran who worked for the Sanitation Department for 32 years. After his retirement, he was a leader in the Labetti American Legion Post, the Staats American Legion Post, and civic organizations, as a member of the Community Board, Board of Elections and Richmond County Democratic Committee.
James Lane III Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Potter Avenue and Fairview Avenue
Honoree: James Lane III (b. 1994) died of a brain tumor at 8 years of age on July 2, 2002.
James Patrick Ladley Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Forest Avenue and Van Name Avenue
Honoree: James Patrick Ladley (b. 1959) worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
James Russo Place (Staten Island)
Present name:Amity Street
Location:Between White Plains Avenue and Fletcher Street
Honoree: James Russo (1915-1995) was a D-Day veteran of World War II and a maintenance worker at Seaview Hospital. He was the son of Vito Russo, who had helped build Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grotto on Amity Street and who maintained the shrine on a daily basis. In 1955, after his father's death, James Russo took on the responsibility for maintaining the grotto, which he did every day until his own death in 1995.
Jane Ellen Baeszler Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of the intersection of Gregg Place and Walbrooke Avenue
Honoree: Jane Ellen Baeszler (b. 1958) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September, 11 2001.
Janice Blanchard Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Melvin Avenue and Victory Boulevard
Honoree: Janice Blanchard (1964-2017) served on the board of directors of the Travis Fourth of July Committee for 22 years. In 2010, she was honored as the Grand Marshal of the 100th annual parade and was also the secretary of the Travis Civic Association, secretary of the Saints Fastpitch Softball Organization and a member of the ladies auxiliary at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. She was also instrumental in the creation of Independence Park in Travis. She also secured funding needed to renovate the softball field in Schmul Park which was later named in her honor. (Matteo)
Jason DeFazio Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of the intersection of Hartford Avenue and Matthews Avenue
Honoree: Jason DeFazio (b. 1972) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Jeannine LaVerde Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Gower Street
Location:Between Queen Street and Harold Street
Honoree: Jeannine LaVerde (b. 1965) worked for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Jennifer Lynn Tzemis Avenue (Staten Island)
Location:Northeast corner of Escanaba Avenue and Lamoka Avenue
Honoree: Jennifer Lynn Tzemis (b. 1974) worked for Fred Alger Management in the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Jennifer M. Parisi Place “Beloved Daughter” (Staten Island)
Location:Northwest corner of Crown Avenue and Evans Street
Honoree: Jennifer Parisi (1974-2000) the beloved daughter of Cookie and Sal Parisi, was a preschool teacher at Babes in Toyland in Staten Island. Jennifer died as a result of a very rare, congenital heart disease. She went to sleep one night and did not wake up.
Jimmy O’ Hanlon Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Harvest Avenue and North Burgher Avenue
Honoree: Jimmy O’ Hanlon (1949-2006) was a former Marine and Port Authority Police Officer who was a member of Team Romeo at Ground Zero rescue and recovery operations. He also volunteered for local political organizations and charities.
Jimmy Zappalorti Lane (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Androvette Street and Kreischer Street
Honoree: Jimmy Zappalorti (1945-1990) served in Vietnam from 1962 to 1965 as a naval officer aboard the U.S.S. Henrico. He received an honorable discharge following a nervous breakdown stemming from an incident in which he and his boyfriend were jumped. His boyfriend was killed in the incident. He was often a target of violence due to the fact that he was gay and had mental illness. He was murdered by two of his neighbors which was recognized as the first anti-gay hate crime in New York City. Ten year later, Governor Pataki signed into law the “Hate Crimes Bill.” Mr. Zappalorti's name and murder were cited during the bill signing ceremony. A health support group was established by the New York's LGBT community called the Zappalorti Society (Ignizio)
Joann Smith Tabeek Avenue (Staten Island)
Present name:Cedar Grove Avenue
Location:Between Garibaldi Avenue and Marine Way
Honoree: Joann Smith Tabeek (b. 1960) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Joanne K. Caputo Court (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Franklin Avenue and Arnold Street
Honoree: Native Staten Islander Joanne Caputo (1953-2004) of New Brighton, died in St. Vincent’s Hospital after a three year battle with breast cancer. A former keypunch operator and bookkeeper, she served as secretary of Cottage Hill Neighborhood Corp for four years and three years as treasurer. From 1994 to 1998 she was a team chaperone for her two daughters’ softball team, escorting the Phoenix Fast Pitch team to visits around the country.
Jody and Mary Haggerty Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the southeast corner of Forest Avenue and Oakwood Avenue
Honoree: Jody Haggerty (1948-2016) and Mary Haggerty (1949 -2019) owned Jody’s Club Forest for over 40 years. Their bar-restaurant was headquarters for Staten Island’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, an event at which Jody served as Grand Marshall, as well as the original Pepper Martin Run and numerous local political meetings. Jody was a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel, and coached baseball, basketball and track at its school. He also coached golf at St. Peter’s High School from 1996 until 2006. As president of his college fraternity, he also helped organize numerous junior golf tournaments on Staten Island. Mary taught many grades at St. Teresa School for over 30 years. (Rose)
Joe Doyle Circle (Staten Island)
Present name:Luna Circle
Location:In its entirety
Honoree: Joe Doyle (b. 1976) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Joe Manfredi Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Hylan Boulevard and New Dorp Lane
Honoree: Joe Manfredi (1938-2015) came from Italy in 1952 and worked as a mechanic at Safe Rambler Motors in Brooklyn while attending night classes in automatic transmission repair. He later purchased Safe Rambler Motors and transformed it into Safe Toyota, the first Toyota dealership in New York. Among numerous charities he supported, he was on the Board of the Maimonides Hospital and was a founding member of the Italian American Federation, which helps immigrants adjust to life in America. He was also the founder and president of the Mola Sports Club and a board member of the the US Soccer Federation. He served as president of the Italian-American Soccer League and the National Champion Brooklyn Italian Soccer team. In 1988, he acquired the Staten Island Vipers soccer franchise. (Matteo)
John “Jack” P. Meade Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Hawthorne Avenue and Watchogue Road
Honoree: John “Jack” P. Meade (1942-2010) received the Hero Award from the NYC Department of Buildings for his role in the World Trade Center Rescue Recovery Operation. He was a leader in organizations dedicated preserving Irish culture.
John “Johnny” Grube Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Amboy Road and Amber Street
Honoree: John “Johnny” Grube (1957-2018) was a part of the community at the Crossroads Unlimited residence for developmentally challenged adults. He was known as the Mayor of West Brighton and worked in the Lifestyles for the Disabled program on Staten Island. He was active for many years in the Snug Harbor Little league and the Special Olympics program, and an avid fan of Msgr. Farrell High School sports teams. He soon attended all sports events by Msgr. Farrell and had his own seat on the bench. The basketball team viewed him as their good luck charm. He began working at the school, manning the front desk and greeting students as they walked in. (Matteo)
John A. Nappi Flag Way (Staten Island)
Location:Northeast corner of Forest Avenue and Burnside Avenue
Honoree: John A. Nappi (1924-2008), known as the “flag man” was a World War II Navy veteran and a strong supporter of Staten Island veterans organizations. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, the North Shore Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Catholic War Vets, Naval Enlisted Reserve Association and the Elks Lodge.
John Capitano Place (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Hylan Boulevard and Mallory Avenue
Honoree: John Capitano (1944-2004) was a Staten Island native. After graduating from Georgetown University, he entered the Pallotine Seminary and earned a Masters Degree in Theology. He then left the Order and married. Returning to Staten Island, he began a career with the NYS Department of Labor in Manhattan. He was transferred to the Staten Island office and worked his way up the ladder from claims examiner to manager.
John Connelly Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Oakland Avenue and Forest Avenue
Honoree: John Connelly (b. 1954) worked for Euro Brokers at ther World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
John Crispino Way (Staten Island)
Location:Northwest corner of Tompkins Avenue and St. Mary's Avenue
Honoree: John Crispino (1941-1984) led a group of neighbors in founding “Rosebank Youth and Parents” and served as its first president. When a teenager was in trouble John would get them into counseling or get them a job. When a friend was concerned over the possibility of his son losing his vision, John did research and provided the parents with the name of a doctor who specialized in the child’s problem. The child’s vision was saved. Even in death John Crispino continued to help people as an organ donor.
John Di Fato Avenue (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Foster Road and Ramona Avenue
Honoree: John Di Fato (b. 1962) worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack September 11, 2001.
John J. Badagliacca Place (Staten Island)
Location:The northeast corner of the intersection of Renee Place and Hellman Avenue
Honoree: John J. Badagliacca (b. 1960) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
John J. Bruno Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Castleton Avenue and Bodine Street
Honoree: John J. Bruno, Sr.(1908-2003) was an employee of the Staten Island Advance for nearly 80 years. He was also a strong supporter of his church and of Catholic education. He established a scholarship fund that has benefited numerous students at Mt. Carmel+St. Benedicta School in West Brighton.
John M. D’Amato Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Cromwell Avenue and Richmond Road
Honoree: Attorney John M. D’Amato (1955-2007 spearheaded a lawsuit against the alleged Saudi Arabian financiers of the 9/11 attacks and won a landmark $75 million national settlement from the makers of OxyContin. He was a key player in New York City’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics
John V. LaFemina Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Malone Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
Honoree: John V. LaFemina (1934-2018) was a longtime community activist and was known as the “founding father” of the Staten Island Republican Party. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and continued his service as an active member of the United States Army Reserve. He served on Community Board 2, was president of the Oakwood Civic Association, vice president of the Great Kills Friendship Club, was chairman of the South Shore Republican Club and was awarded the Dominick A. Alini Memorial Award for his more than 40 years service to the Staten Island Republican Party. He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Great Kills Little League and former president of the Staten Island Roller Hockey League. (Matteo)
Johnny Maestro Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Mason Avenue
Location:Between Midland Avenue and Lincoln Avenue
Honoree: Johnny Maestro (1939-2010) began his singing career with the Crests, one of the first interracial groups of the recording industry, recording rock’ n’ roll hits such as Sixteen Candles.
Johnny Wheels Way (Staten Island )
Location:At the intersection of Ramble Road and Adrienne Place
Honoree: John Karl (d. 2019) was an expert in wildlife and was heavily involved with the Staten Island Mall Greenmarket. He earned a degree in geology and also mentored struggling college students. He worked at GrowNYC and the borough’s greenmarkets. He was a paraplegic since age 11 after he feel from a roof, but he still managed to fish and kayak. He was instrumental in cleaning and preserving Jack’s Pond in Great Kills. He rescued many ducks that became tangled in fishing wire and fishing hooks and nursed them back to health. He singlehandedly restocked the pond of native freshwater fish, turtle, eel and clam breeds. He was the first and only compost coordinator at GrowNYC’s Staten Island Green Market. He also volunteered as a swim instructor to handicapped children at the Downtown YMCA. ( Borelli)
Jonathan M. Acierno Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Overlook Terrace and Windermere Road
Honoree: Jonathan M. Acierno (1980-2010) a 2002 graduate of Wagner College, was a leader in numerous charitable and health-related organizations. He also established the Disability Office for students at Wagner College..
Jose (Joey) Manuel Pellot Way (Staten Island)
Location:Underneath the Bement Avenue sign at the southeast Corner of Henderson Avenue
Honoree: Jose (Joey) Manuel Pellot (1973-1999) had many talents including poetry, music and photography. He was an art major at SUNY Purchase and also competed in skateboarding and snowboarding. competitions.
Joseph “Joe T” Trimarche Avenue (Staten Island)
Present name:Vera Street
Location:Between Naughton Avenue and Seaver Avenue
Honoree: Joseph Trimarche (1927-2007) was a coach, umpire and board member of the Staten Island Little League. He took tremendous pride in keeping the fields in the best possible condition and held the position of Head Groundskeeper for thirty years.
Joseph “Joe” Grillo Lane (Staten Island)
Present name:Strawberry Lane
Location:In its entirety
Honoree: Joseph Grillo (b. 1955) 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.
Joseph A. Ianelli Road (Staten Island)
Present name:Annadale Road
Location:Between Rye Avenue and Arden Avenue
Honoree: Joseph A. Ianelli (b. 1973) worked for Marsh & McLennan at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Joseph Anthony DeMeo Lane (Staten Island)
Present name:8th Street
Location:Between Rose Avenue and Ross Avenue
Honoree: Anthony DeMeo tragically died at the age of 8 on March 19, 2005. Anthony’s death led to greater review of household appliance safety.
Joseph Baragozza Avenue (Staten Island)
Location:Abingdon Avenue at the Northeast Corner of Augusta Avenue
Honoree: A native Staten Islander, Joseph Baragozza (1973-2003) was a graduate of the College of Staten Island. He was the founder of the fraternity Sigma Upsilon.
Joseph Calabria Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Barlow Avenue
Location:Between Richmond Avenue and Wainwright Avenue
Honoree: Joseph Calabria (1930-2017), after serving in the Korean War, worked as a longshoreman on the Manhattan waterfront. His performance resulted in his promotion to foreman, pier supervision and, finally, hiring boss. He served as a Union Delegate for Local 856 of the International Longshoremen’s Association for several years. He was affectionately referred to as the “Mayor of Barlow Avenue” by his friends and neighbors. He was always willing to help out with advice, labor and or lending a tool for working around the house, repairing a car or any other task. He could always be counted on to help the kids in the neighborhood by fixing their bikes and putting air in their tires, footballs or basketballs. In the 1990’s he became active with the Cpl A.F. Kivlehan Chapter of the Korean War Veterans and was its Commanding officer for 18 years. During his tenure he was instrumental in the renaming of the Richmond Parkway to the Korean War Veterans Parkway and in the renaming of the PS 6 School to the Allan F. Kivlehan School. He also helped to establish the Korean Veterans Memorial on Ocean Terrace and the Allan F. Kivlehan Park in New Dorp. He often visited Staten Island schools to speak with students about the Korean War. He would say, “If you like your freedom, thank a vet,” which became a tagline for him. (Borelli)
Joseph DeNicola Lane (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Nedra Lane and Arden Avenue
Honoree: Joseph DeNicola (2007-2014) had severe allergies to several foods as well as severe asthma. He required a Health Para at school and often used a Nebulizer during attacks. On Halloween night in 2014, he had a severe allergic reaction to something and went into anaphylactic shock which led to cardiac arrest. He died four days later. Joseph?s father decided to donate Joseph?s organs which benefited four other people and also donated Joseph?s tissue to improve the lives of as many as fifty people. One week before his death, Governor Cuomo signed a measure expanding access to EpiPens which schools will now keep on hand and will authorize teachers trained in their use to administer them to students even if the student doesn?t have a prescription. (Matteo)
Joseph Di Pilato Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Laredo Avenue
Location:Between Wainwright Avenue and Richmond Avenue
Honoree: Joseph Di Pilato, 57, was an electrician for the Petrocelli Electric Company at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Joseph G. Visciano Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Rustic Place
Location:Between Hillside Terrace and Midland Road
Honoree: Joseph G. Visciano (b. 1962) worked for the firm of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Joseph L. Cugini Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Parkinson Avenue and Reid Avenue
Honoree: Joseph L. Cugini (1931-2018) served in the Korean War and later became a teacher and Assistant Principal at Intermediate School 51. He went on to become principal of Public School 46 and Continuing Education where he supervised numerous after school and evening centers for the students of Staten Island. He also coordinated schoolyard carnivals and trips to Washington, DC for students. He received the Educator of the Year Award, the Too Cool School Award, the Dedicated Service and Support for Staten Island Concert and Stage Band Program Award and the American Legion Award for Education, among others. When he retired in 2001, then Borough President Guy V. Molinari proclaimed June 19, 2001 as “Joseph L. Cugini Day” in the borough of Staten Island. (Matteo)
Joseph Mandarino Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Ausable Avenue and Conyingham Avenue
Honoree: Joseph Mandarino (d. 2003), founder and owner of North American Data Forms, was instrumental in raising funds to bring people who had been maimed by land mines, or had limbs hacked off by rebels, to Staten Island for treatment and to provide them with prosthetics.
Joseph N. Esposito “Lighthouse Joe” Corner (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Husson Street and Buel Avenue
Honoree: Joseph N. Esposito volunteered as Keeper of the Staten Island Lighthouse from 1992 to 2001. He had a key role in saving the Romer Shoals Lighthouse from destruction and helped restore the Fort Wadsworth Lighthouse. He was also instrumental in bringing the National Lighthouse Museum to Staten Island. He built scale models of Staten Island’ lighthouses which are on display at Fort Wadsworth and Miller Field and will eventually be placed in the National Lighthouse Museum section dedicated to him. (Oddo)
Joseph Plumitallo Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Justine Avenue
Location:Between Hylan Boulevard and Durrant Avenue
Honoree: Joseph Plumitallo (b. 1956) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Joseph Reina, Jr. Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Salamander Court
Location:Between Veterans Road East and Clay Pit Road
Honoree: Joseph Reina, Jr. (b. 1969) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Joseph Russo Way (Staten Island)
Location:Northeast corner of Clove Road and Cary Avenue underneath the Cary Avenue street sign
Honoree: Joseph Russo (d. 2014) was born and raised in Spinoso, Italy, where he studied to be a mechanic. He immigrated to the United States in 1961 and by 1971 was able to open the first of many businesses. These including a used car lot in the late 1970s; a pizzeria and ice cream shop in 1981; a Hertz Penske Truck franchise and a limousine company in the 1980s; and an Italian restaurant in 1997. As a successful entrepreneur, he contributed generously to community causes. Notably, he donated $10,000 to Food for Guns, to be used for supermarket gift certificates in the effort to buy back guns and get them off the streets. He worked with the 120th Precinct Community Council for Children’s Christmas, and donated 1,000 pounds of pasta to Project Hospitality. For his support of these and other charitable groups, he received numerous awards and letters of commendation from civic organizations and public officials. (Rose)
Julius J. Deak Corner (Staten Island)
Location:Northwest corner of Knesel Street and Rossville Avenue
Honoree: Julius J. Deak was a community leader in Rossville. He had started caddying at the South Shore Golf Course in 1936 and worked his way up to starter, a post he held until the golf course was sold to the city in 1966. Mr. Deak later worked in maintenance for the S.S. White Dental Manufacturing Co. and then for the Transit Authority, from which he retired in 1985. He was also appointed a wrestling judge for the New York State Athletic Commission. Mr. Deak died in 1993 at the age of 75.
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