NYC Honorary Street Names
"P" Honorary Streets: Staten Island
P.O. John J. Darcy Way (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Wolverine Street and Wilder Avenue
Honoree: John Joseph Darcy (1941-1967) an honor student at St Matthew’s Elementary School and at Chelsea High School, served four years in the U.S. Navy before joining the NYPD. On September 13, 1967, he was fatally injured by a hit and run truck in the 28th Precinct where he worked. He died one hour and twenty minutes later at Harlem Hospital at the age of twenty-five.
P.O. Joseph Garcia Place (Staten Island)
Present name:Clinton Avenue
Location:Between Prospect Avenue and Henderson Avenue
Honoree: Joseph Robert Garcia (1940-1975) served in the United States Army as a Military Policeman in Korea. After his discharge, Joseph Garcia joined the New York City Police Department. He died in the line of duty on January 20, 1975 as a result of wounds received while in pursuit of two robbery suspects.
P.O. Kevin M. Lee Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Cromwell Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
Honoree: Kevin M. Lee (1974-2006) was assigned to Manhattan’s 30th Precinct as part of the elite Manhattan North Grand Larceny Squad. He was credited with over 200 arrests in his short career. He collapsed after chasing and struggling to capture a trio of robbery suspects and later died in Lenox Hill Hospital.
P.O. Matthew Dziergowski Lane (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Otis Avenue and Clawson Street
Honoree: Matthew Dziergowski (1960-1999) joined the NYPD in 1983. On February 14, 1999, he and his partner were guarding a terrible accident of an overturned tractor-trailer on a closed Staten Island Expressway. He saw a speeding van heading through the barrier toward the accident scene. In an act of immense bravery he moved his car to block the van, killing him and saving the lives of others.
P.O. Thomas Schimenti Jr. Corner (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Richmond Road and Todt Hill Road
Honoree: On August 17, 1979, Police Officer Thomas Schimenti, Jr. (b. 1943) was on foot patrol in Midtown Manhattan when he was notified of a bank robbery in progress. He chased a suspect from a Chemical Bank into the 42nd Street Arcade at Grand Central Station. P.O. Schimenti was killed in the ensuing gunfight. The suspect was captured by fellow officers and later drowned during an escape attempt.
Paramedic Lt. David G. Restuccio Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Sheraden Avenue and Westwood Avenue
Honoree: David G. Restuccio was a paramedic for over 30 years, first under the Health and Hospitals Corporation and then with the NYFD. After he retired, he continued to serve as a paramedic with the Staten Island University North Shore Health Care System. He survived both World Trade Center attacks, leading frightened and injured people away from the towers. He also volunteered to separate victims’ remains from the debris of the World Trade Center. In 2012, while transporting a patient to the Hospital, he was killed in a collision with an out-of-control SUV. (Oddo)
Patricia A. Kuras 9/11 Memorial Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Husson Street
Honoree: Patricia A. Kuras (b. 1958) was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Patricia Puma Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Lyle Court
Location:Between Ilyse Court and Boyce Avenue
Honoree: Patricia Puma ( b. 1968) worked for Julian J. Studley & Co. at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Patrick J. Woods Way (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Richmond Road and Jefferson Avenue
Honoree: Patrick J. Woods (b. 1965) was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Paul J. Simon Avenue (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Huguenot Avenue and Rensselaer Avenue
Honoree: Paul J. Simon (b. 1947) worked at Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack September 11, 2001.
Paul V. Barbaro Way (Staten Island)
Location:The northeast corner of the intersection of Chapin Avenue and Ridge Avenue
Honoree: Paul V. Barbaro (b. 1966) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September, 11 2001.
Paula Frassinetti Way (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Dawson Place and Hylan Boulevard
Honoree: Paula Frassinetti (1809-1882), born in Genoa, founded the Congregation of Saint Dorothy in Italy in 1834. The Sisters of St. Dorothy were noted for their work with the sick in the cholera epidemic that ravaged northern Italy in 1835. In 1913, the Academy of St. Dorothy was opened on Hylan Boulevard. Paula Frassinetti was canonized in 1984 by Pope John Paul II.
Pearse O’Callaghan Boulevard (Staten Island)
Location:St. Paul’s Avenue at the southeast corner of Beach Street
Honoree: Mr. O’Callaghan, (1921-1995), a trucking executive, was chairman of the Citizens Committee for Daytop Village, advocating for drug rehabilitation. He was active for many years in the Liberal Party, serving as its County Chairman and Vice Chairman of its State Committee. He also served as Director of the New York State Division of Cemeteries.
Peter Pellegrito Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the northwest corner of Walnut Street and Bard Avenue with sign placed underneath the Walnut Street sign
Honoree: Peter Pellegrito was a lead associate in the practice management group at AXA Equitable. He died on February 1, 2015 after suffering a brain aneurysm. His kidneys were donated to patients on Staten Island, including two women, one in her 30’s and another in her 20’s. His corneas were donated to two men; and his liver and six heart valves were donated as well. The Pellegrito family is a long-standing Sacred Heart Family. Their children all attended Sacred Heart School and the parents were active supporters of the school and parish. Since the death of their son, Peter, Mr. & Mrs. Pellegrito have established a Peter Pellegrito “Pay it Forward” scholarship that has been given at Sacred Heart’s Graduation ceremony for the last two years. (Rose)
Peter Raimondi Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Bennett Avenue
Location:Between Albee Avenue and Alvine Avenue
Honoree: Peter Raimondi (b. 1955) worked for Carr Futures at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Pfc. Nils George Thompson Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Franklin Avenue at the southwest corner of Cassidy Place
Honoree: Nils George Thompson (b. 1986) was killed in the line of duty in Iraq on August 4, 2005. He served with the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, the Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis.
Pfc. Ronald Jones Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Grandview Avenue and Richmond Terrace
Honoree: Ronald Jones (1946-1967) was a member of the 173rd Airborne Division who gave his life for his country. He was killed on duty in 1967 while serving in Vietnam.
Philip Haentzler Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Belmont Place and Wall Street
Honoree: Philip Haentzler (b. 1952) worked for Paine Webber at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September, 11 2001.
Police Officer Edmund F. Lewis Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Amber Street and Clarke Avenue
Honoree: Edmund F. Lewis was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 29. He was a Police Officer for almost 9 years and volunteered at Ground Zero for many weeks after the attacks.
Police Officer Gerard L. Carter Avenue (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Pelton Avenue and Henderson Avenue
Honoree: Gerard L. Carter (1970-1998) joined the NYPD in1993. He served for only five years yet was responsible for 76 arrests, received two commendations and was named outstanding officer of the year by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. He was killed in the line of duty on July 26, 1998.
Police Officer John M. Kelly Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Carlton Court and Drumgoole Road West
Honoree: John M. Kelly (1969-2000) graduated from the Police Academy in January 1992. He was transferred to the NYPD’s Staten Island Task Force in April 1996, the same month in which he married Police Officer Patricia Duffy. They had two sons. On July 17, 2000, while assigned to the S.I. Auto Larceny Unit, P.O. Kelly was pursuing a suspect on a motorcycle, which he believed to have been stolen, when his car struck a telephone pole. He later died from his injuries.
Police Officer Kelly Korchak Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Seidman Avenue
Location: Between Koch Boulevard and Shirley Avenue
Honoree: Kelly Korchak (1979-2017) was a two-time “Cop of the Month.” She graduated from the academy in 2002, and was assigned to the 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn before being transferred to Staten Island. There she joined the borough’s Evidence Collection Team in 2007. While in the academy, she worked near the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks and also worked at Ground Zero for two weeks. She was awarded Cop of the Month after aiding in the arrest of four shooting suspects/ She was awarded it again when she helped break up a burglary ring by recovering 17 latent fingerprints from two separate burglaries, indicating a burglary pattern. She died as a result of 9/11-related illness. (Borelli)
Pope John Paul II Avenue (Staten Island)
Present name:York Avenue
Location:Between Fillmore Street and Carlyle Street
Honoree: Pope John Paul II (1920-2005), born Karol Józef Wojty?a, was pope of the Catholic Church for almost 27 years. Born in Poland, he was the first non-Italian pope since the 16th century. His early reign was marked by opposition to communism, and he is often credited as one of the forces which brought about the fall of the Soviet Union.
Port Authority Police Officer Christopher Ameroso Place (Staten Island)
Present name:Pitney Avenue
Location:Between Bloomingdale Road and Veterans Road
Honoree: Christopher Ameroso (b. 1972) was a Port Authority Police Officer at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Principal Rhonda Whitfield Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the northeast corner underneath the Maple Parkway street sign of Maple Parkway and DeRuyter Place
Honoree: Introduced by Council Member Rose Rhonda Whitefield was a long-time educator who served as a public school principal prior to holding an appointed position with the District 31 Community Education Council. She was a special education teacher at Prall Intermediate School and PS 18 before becoming a special education supervisor. She was named an assistant principal at Dreyfus Intermediate School and later became principal of PS 44. PS 44 named their library in her honor. She was appointed to the District 31 Community Education Council for two terms. She was also a member of the Staten Island Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the YMCA. In 2008, she was honored for being a community builder by the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) North Shore Staten Island Section and was a dedicated member and volunteer at True Vine Christian Fellowship Church.
Private 2nd Class Brian Grant Street “Operation Iraqi Freedom” (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Bedell Street and Amboy Road
Honoree: 22-year-old Private 2nd Class Brian Grant (1973-2004) was killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq. He had joined the armed forces after learning that some of his boyhood friends were lost in the World Trade Center. While on duty in Iraq he was wounded and died from his injuries, protecting the building where he was stationed.
Purple Heart Memorial Bridge (Staten Island)
Present name:The bridge over the Fresh Kills Creek
Location:Between Drumgoole Road West and Forest Hill Road
Honoree: This co-naming honors the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Its members are men and women who were wounded during combat. The organization, formed in 1932, raises money through the operation of thrift stores, donating automobiles, and by the annual distribution of its official flower, the Purple Heart Viola. The funds are used to help hospitalized and needy veterans and their families. (Borelli)
Purple Heart Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Travis Avenue and South Avenue
Honoree: The Purple Heart is the oldest American military decoration, created by George Washington in 1792. The Organization now known as the “Military Order of the Purple Heart” was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interests of all who have received the decoration.
Pvt. Joseph M. Merell Jr. American Legion Post Corner (Staten Island)
Location:Underneath the West Street sign at the southeast corner of Cary Avenue
Honoree: Joseph F. Merell (b. 1926) was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his one-man attack against vastly superior enemy forces near Lohe, Germany on April 18, 1945. Entirely on his own initiative, he killed 23 Germans who were astride his path to weapons that would have decimated his unit had he not stormed their positions.
Pvt. Leon J. Stasiak Way (Staten Island)
Location:Pulaski Avenue at the southeast corner of Walker Street
Honoree: Pvt. Leon J. Stasiak (b. 1922) was among 1,015 U.S. soldiers killed when a new, radio-guided missile launched from a German bomber sank the HMT Rohna off North Africa on November 27, 1943. Though among the deadliest sea disasters involving American troops, it was cloaked in secrecy for years.
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