NYC Honorary Street Names
"R" Honorary Streets: Staten Island
Rab Wilkinson Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Deleware Avenue
Location:Between Hylan Boulevard and Laconia Avenue
Honoree: After serving in the U.S. Army, Harry (“Rab”) Wilkinson (1935-2008) established Rab’s Trophy World. Later on, as the owner of Rab’s Country Lanes he lent his bowling alleys to charities such the Staten Island Children’s Campaign, the Staten Island September 11th Fund and the Staten Island branch of the Leukemia Society of America; and hosted bowl-a-thons for Staten Islanders in need.
Rafael Vega Way (Staten Island)
Location:Iintersection of Colon Avenue and Gurley Avenue
Honoree: Rafael Vega (1925-2010) was Assistant Principal of PS 1 in Brooklyn, wrote poetry and taught music history at Brooklyn College and Pace University. He was instrumental in securing the project that will turn the 217-acre Brookfield Landfill from an illegal dumping ground for hazardous waste into a park by 2017.
Retired NYPD Captain Edward D. Reuss Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Jefferson Street and Seaview Avenue
Honoree: Edward D. Reuss (1940-2017), after serving as an MP in the US Army, joined the NYPD as a patrolman in 1963 and rose to the rank of Captain. In the course of his career, he was assigned to Manhattan’s 4th Precinct, Staten Island’s 123rd and 120th Precincts, Manhattan’s 9th Precinct and back to Staten Island’s 120th Precinct. He retired in 1992 after 29 years of service. He was a member of the Captain’s Endowment Association; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; and the International Police Association, Region 2. In 1999, he launched an NY Cop Online Magazine which features true accounts of the men and women of the NYPD. On 9/11 he set up a command post in New Dorp to ship much-needed supplies to Ground Zero; and again during Hurricane Sandy, he organized retired NYPD officers to aid in disaster relief. (Matteo)
Rev. Arthur D. Phillips Place (Staten Island)
Present name:Lockman Avenue
Location:Richmond Terrace and Roxbury Street
Honoree: Rev. Arthur D. Phillips (1934-1988) was pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Mariner’s Harbor. He was the founding President of the Black Ministerial Alliance, as well as a former board member of the Urban League and of the Staten Island Chapter of the NAACP.
Rev. Bryan J. Karvelis Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Marcy Avenue
Location:Between Hewes and Hooper Streets
Honoree: Rev. Bryan J. Karvelis (1930-2005) led the Parish of the Transfiguration. He dedicated his life to improving the neighborhood in a variety of ways, from his work in founding the Southside Mission to his help in opening Casa Betsaida, a residence for people infected with the AIDS virus.
Rev. Dr. Beasley Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Tompkins Avenue
Location:Broad Street and Vanderbilt Avenue
Honoree: Rev. Dr. William Herman Beasley (1929-1998) became pastor of Stapleton Union American Methodist Church in 1974. During his pastorate, he organized an Outreach Ministry for the needy and homeless, as well as a food pantry and soup kitchen. (RGPR)
Rev. Dr. William A. Epps, Jr. Place (Staten Island)
Location:The northeast corner of the intersection of Bennett Street and Park Avenue
Honoree: The Rev. Dr. William A. Epps, Jr. was the pastor of St. Philip’s Baptist Church in Port Richmond, Staten Island, from 1954 to 1992. He also served as the state-assigned Protestant Chaplain at the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility for many years. A year after his retirement from St. Philip’s he passed away at the age of 91.
Rev. Frederick Sutter and Rev. Carl Sutter Corner (Staten Island)
Location:Northeast corner of Beach Street and St. Pauls Avenue
Honoree: Reverend Frederic Sutter became pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in 1907 and guided the building of the present church in 1913-1914. He was instrumental in the relocation of his alma mater, Wagner College, from Rochester N.Y. to Staten Island. He was succeeded by his son Carl. In World War II “Pastor Carl” helped organized a recreation center for some 7000 black troops stationed in Stapleton who were denied access to the local USO. He was also instrumental in advancing interfaith relationships on Staten Island. . Carl Sutter died in October 1998 at the age of 91.
Rev. Hattie Smith-Davis Place (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Osgood Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue
Honoree: Reverend Hattie Smith-Davis (1925-2004) a retired nurse, was on the ministerial staff of the Mount Sinai Unitarian Christian Church. A tireless volunteer, she was President of the Fox Hills Tenants Association, answered the counselling hotline at the International Christian Center in Graniteville, visited hospitalized AIDS patients, distributed food and clothing to the homeless, and worked with at-risk teens in the community.
Richard Addeo Way (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Edward Curry Avenue and Gulf Avenue
Honoree: Richard Addeo (1943-2005), founder of ADCO Electrical Corporation, supported many local organizations such as the YMCA, the Greater New York Councils of Scouting and the March of Dimes. He was a member of the College of Staten Island Foundation and on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center on Staten Island.
Richard Dickenson Way (Staten Island)
Location:Tysen Street at southwest corner of Gorden Place
Honoree: Richard Dickenson (1929-2006) was Staten Island’s borough historian from 1991 until his death. Prior to that, he researched Staten Island’s African-American communities for the Sandy Ground Historical Society. He also served as a historian for the Snug Harbor East Civic Association.
Richard L. Willis Way (Staten Island)
Location: Intersection of Fremont Avenue and Kruser Street
Honoree: Richard Willis (1935-1993) was a dedicated volunteer in the Grant City and Midland beach areas. He coached basketball and baseball, and started a soccer program at St. Christopher's Parish. He was President of the St. Christopher's Sports Program and Holy Name Society and also donated time to the religious education of the parish children. He was also one of the directors and coaches in the old Staten Island Babe Ruth league in the 1970s and '80s. He would keep the local gymnasium open for neighborhood teens on the weekends and late nights. After his death, the Richard Willis Memorial Fund was set up to raise money for scholarships and to support needy youth programs. It has expanded over the years from two scholarships in one school to 16 scholarships in eight schools. The Fund has also contributed some of its proceeds to the Children's 911 Fund, Make A Wish Foundation for Staten Island Children, St Jude's Children Fund, CYO, St Peter/Paul Soccer Club and the Staten Island Challengers. (Matteo)
Richard Miuccio Way (Staten Island)
Present name:Piave Avenue
Location:Between McCLean Avenue and Pershing Street
Honoree: Richard Miuccio (b. 1945) worked for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Rising Star Coach “Eddie” Watkins Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the northeast corner of Crescent Avenue and Jersey Street
Honoree: Edward Watkins (d. 2017) founded the Rising Stars basketball program on the North Shore in the 1970s. By the 1990s the program served over 300 youths from all over Staten Island. He has been honored by many organizations, including the New York Knicks for his service to the community as part of the NBA team’s Basketball in the Boroughs Program in 2014. In 1998, he won an $800,000 settlement in a lawsuit against the city, Borough President Guy Molinari, Borough Hall staffers, Parks Commissioner Henry Stern and Island Parks officials for mistreatment on his job with the Parks Department. He used some to the lawsuit money to pay entry fees for tournaments for his Rising Stars team and players. (Rose)
Robert A. Breen Way (Staten Island)
Location:Underneath Seneca Avenue street sign at southeast corner of Victory Boulevard
Honoree: Robert Breen (1987-2004) was a junior honor student at Msgr. Farrell High School on Staten Island and an all-star member of its cross country and track teams who died after being struck by a car while on a run.
Robert H. Lynch, Jr. Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southwest corner of Bard Avenue and Matthews Avenue
Honoree: Robert H. Lynch, Jr. 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.
Robert J. Shay, Jr. Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Bosworth and Bement Avenue
Honoree: Robert J. Shay, Jr. (b. 1974) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Robert Maialo Street (Staten Island)
Present name:Armstrong Avenue
Location:Between Oakdale Street and Sycamore Street
Honoree: Robert Maiolo (1952-2006) worked for over 25 years at PS 130 in Brooklyn, where the staff, administration, students and PTA all praised his humor, his willingness to help, and his devotion to the children.
Robert S. Farrell and Donald H. Farrell Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the southwest corner of Port Richmond Avenue and Richmond Terrace
Honoree: Robert Farrell was the owner of the H.S. Farrell Lumber Co. a family business founded in 1888, and was a leader in Staten Island business and civic circles. He was a board member of the New York Community Bankcorp and also served on the boards of the Richmond County Savings Foundation and the Richmond County Savings Bank division of Community Bank. He served on the advisory board of the Salvation Army, the board of trustees of Wagner College, his alma mater, and was a member of the Richmond Aquehonga Lodge of the Masons. Donald H. Farrell also owned H.S. Farrell Lumber Co. and was president of the Staten Island chapter of the Professional Engineers Society, a member of the Masonic Richmond-Aquehonga Lodge #66, and served on the boards of the Salvation Army of Staten Island and of the Visiting Nurses Association. (Rose)
Roberta (Bobbie) Jacobowitz Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of St. Mark?s Place and Hyatt Street
Honoree: Roberta Jacobowitz (d. 2014) was a former executive director of the Downtown Staten Island Council. From 1955 to 1976, she owned clothing stores on Staten Island and later worked as a real estate agent and in sales. In the 1980?s, she became the executive director of St. George/Tompkinsville Improvement Corp, later renamed the Downtown Staten Island Council. To improve the physical appearance of the area, she informed merchants about a city grant program to help store owners spruce up their storefronts. She organized volunteers to remove graffiti and clean streets, and worked with the Parks Department to beautify Tompkinsville Park. She also co-sponsored a program that brought high-speed Internet to office buildings in the area, and was a driving force behind the establishment of St. George's Greenmarket. (Rose)
Rosemary Ann Smith Place (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Victory Boulevard and Wild Avenue
Honoree: Rosemary Ann Smith (b. 1940) worked at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
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