NYC Honorary Street Names
"N" Honorary Streets: Staten Island
Nelson R. Panzzolo Way (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Whitney Avenue and Clove Road
Honoree: Nelson R. Panazzolo (1929-2003) was a U.S. Navy veteran who won many decorations for his service in the Korean War. Nelson was employed by Brooklyn Union Gas Company for 37 years and was recognized as a role model in his community.
New York Poet Laureate Audre Lorde Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Victory Boulevard and St. Paul's Avenue
Honoree: Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was an African-American writer, feminist and civil rights activist. From the publication of her first book in 1968, her 17 volumes of poetry, essays and autobiography reflected her hatred of racial and sexual prejudice. A collection of essays, "A Burst of Light," won an American Book Award in 1989 and her 1973 collection, "From a Land Where Other People Live," was nominated for a National Book Award. She was born in Manhattan and graduated from Hunter College and the Colombia University School of Library Science. In the 1980s, Lorde and writer Barbara Smith founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. She also was a founding member of Sisters in Support of Sisters in South Africa, an organization that worked to raise concerns about women under apartheid. (Rose)
Nicholas Alessi Avenue (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Corona Avenue and Boyce Avenue
Honoree: Nicholas Alessi (1982-2004) loved baseball. Despite his Cooley’s Anemia, he played for the Staten Island Little League, as well as the St. Joseph By the Sea High School team. During his high school years he was a dedicated volunteer for the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation.
Nicholas Johs Way (Staten Island)
Location:Northeast corner of Pendleton and Whitewood Avenues
Honoree: Nicholas Johs (1991-2005) was a Cub Scout with Troop 26 at Castleton Hill Moravian Church. He eventually became a Boy Scout First Class. As a more experienced scout, he enjoyed his role as a Den Chief with the younger scouts, nurturing and guiding them. He was an excellent student and had been on the Principals’ list at Blessed Sacrament School. He was just 14 when he died tragically in a boating accident in Cape May, NJ
Nicholas Sollazzo Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Amity Place and Forest Avenue
Honoree: In 1935 Nicholas Sollazzo (1912-2000), with his brothers, formed the Forest Oil Company after having operated Gulf service stations for several years. The company was sold in 1992. Without formal training, Mr. Sollazzo, who loved music, taught himself to play the saxophone, clarinet and organ. Mr. Sollazzo was a Democratic district captain in Mariners Harbor and a member of both the North Shore and South Shore Democratic clubs.
Nicholas Tortorici, Sergeant, NYPD Shield #4114 Avenue (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Arden Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
Honoree: Sgt. Tortorici (1965-2006) was a 19-year veteran of the NYPD. Assigned to the 77th Precinct in Crown Heights. He and his team of detectives were assigned to the investigation in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks. He was active in raising funds for families who lost loved ones in the line of duty.
Nick Bruno Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Maple Parkway
Location:Between Walloon Street and Netherlands Avenue
Honoree: Nick Bruno (1940-2000) attended P.S. 44 and was both a baseball and a basketball star at Port Richmond High School. He attended Iowa State on a football scholarship but left to play minor league baseball in the San Francisco Giants’ farm system. In 1963 he returned Public School 44 where he would teach for 32 years. He ran after school sports programs for the community’s young people for many years.
NYPD Sgt. Ned Thompson Way (Staten Island)
Present name:St. Austins Place
Location:Between Bard Avenue and Davis Avenue
Honoree: Sgt. Ned Thompson (1968-2008) served nine years as the commanding officer of the Street Narcotics Unit in the 6th Precinct and served as supervisor for the Washington Square Park Enforcement Unit. He was also a first responder on September 11th and worked at Ground Zero for several days.
NYS Assemblyman 2000-2007 Hon. John W. Lavelle Way (Staten Island)
Location:Forest Avenue at the southeast corner of Silver Lake Park Road
Honoree: Assemblyman John Lavelle (1949-2007) served in the New York State Assembly from 2001 until his death. He served on the Education Committee and chaired the Assembly’s Subcommittee on Students With Special Needs. He was known as a champion for the homeless, the mentally ill, the disabled and immigrants, as well as an advocate of gun control.
NYS Senator 1956-2006, Hon. John J. Marchi Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Nixon Avenue and Ward Avenue
Honoree: NYS Senator John J. Marchi (1921-2009) was one of the nation’s longest serving elected officials with 49 years of service. He was responsible for crucial legislation that helped shape the city and state university systems and was a key backer of the successful effort to close the Fresh Kills landfill.
NYS Senator Hon. Mark W. Allen Way (Staten Island)
Location:Underneath the Clove Road street sign at the southeast corner of W. Raleigh Avenue
Honoree: Mark W. Allen (1877-1958) represented Richmond and Rockland Counties in the New York State Senate in 1923-24, during which time he introduced a bill to construct two bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey, the Outerbridge Crossing and the Goethals Bridge. Both were opened in 1928 and spurred significant development on Staten Island.
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