NYC Honorary Street Names
"W" Honorary Streets: Staten Island
Wagner Chaplain 1972 – 2007 Reverend Lyle R. Guttu Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Howard Avenue at the southeast corner of Campus Road
Honoree: Reverend Lyle R. Guttu (1936-2007) was a Harvard University graduate who later studied at Union Theological Seminary. Finally, he settled at Wagner College where he held positions such as the Dean of Students, Special Assistant to the Academic Vice President, Vice Provost and Special Assistant to the President
Walter A. Matuza Place (Staten Island)
Location:The northwest corner of the intersection of Armstrong Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
Honoree: Walter A. Matuza (b. 1962) worked at Carr Futures in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Walter Baran Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of the intersection of Donley Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
Honoree: Walter Baran (b. 1958) worked for Fiduciary Trust International at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Wayne “Chops” Derrick Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the southwest corner underneath the Henderson Avenue sign at the intersection of Henderson Avenue and Campbell Avenue
Honoree: Wayne Derrick (d. 2014), a former paratrooper, was a boiler mechanic and stationary fireman at PS 18 in West Brighton, the school he had attended, for 34 years until he retired in 1995. He had graduated from Curtis High School, where he was the first black captain of the football team. He was known as "Mr. West Brighton" for his profound impact on the community. He played football with the semi-professional Staten Island Panthers Football Club, and coached and sponsored numerous teams and programs. He also was a member of the Advance All-Star Football Advisory Board, helping pick all-stars to be honored by the newspaper. In 2002, the PS 18 library was renovated and named in his honor. (Rose)
William “Pop” Marsh Avenue (Staten Island)
Location:At the northwest corner of Richard Avenue and Bartow Avenue
Honoree: William Marsh, a Tottenville native and Marine Corps veteran, served in the FDNY for 25 years, mainly wth Engine Co. 15 on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He , and was promoted to lieutenant in the early 1970s. Through the Fire Department, he became a registered nurse and worked with developmentally disabled children at the former Bayley Seton Hospital in Clifton for 10 years. He then repaired video cameras at Custom Video Systems before finally retiring about 10 years ago. Lt. Marsh was the MVP of South Shore Chevvies Football in 1947, and was a founder of and coach for the South Shore Babe Ruth League. He also coached for many years with the South Shore Little League and was an active parishioner of Our Lady Help of Christians R.C. Church. (Borelli)
William A. Morris, Jr. Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the northeast corner of Cary Avenue and Roe Street
Honoree: William A. Morris, Jr. (1919-2018) was a veteran of D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. The P.S. 19 park in West Brighton was named for him in 2017. He founded the league at the park that served nearly 900 kids every summer from 1973 to 1990. He and his wife were lay leaders of the Faith United Methodist Church in Port Richmond and ran its food pantry for over 40 years. He was also leader of Boy Scout Troop 47 for 35 years and, with his spouse, received the Silver Beaver, the highest award of service in scouting. (Rose)
William Creech Vietnam Veteran Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the intersection of Felton Street and Fahy Avenue
Honoree: William L. Creech, a much-decorated naval veteran of the Vietnam War, worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and retired as a supervisor in 2005. He was the Commander of Disabled American Veterans, a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and served on the board of the Thomas J. Tori Chapter, Vietnam Veterans of America. He was also a member of the Elm Park Civic Association. He died in 2010 a the age of 66. (Matteo)
William E. Micciulli Avenue (Staten Island)
Present name:Wilson Avenue
Location:Between Abingdon Avenue and Colon Avenue
Honoree: William E. Micciulli (b. 1971) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
William E. Rios Circle (Staten Island)
Location:Corner of Westwood Avenue and Bradley Avenue
Honoree: William E. Rios was killed by a stray gunshot in Castleton Corners. He completed trade school at the New York School of Seamanship in Mariners Harbor and worked seasonally for the United Parcel Service and during the summer of 2007, worked with youth in Harlem as a counselor for the New York City Housing Authority.
William J. Liell Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the corner of Foch Avenue and Lamport Boulevard
Honoree: William J. Liell (1931-2018) was deployed to Korea as a member of the 11th Airborne Division. On August 14, 1952, he and five others on a patrol were attacked by hundreds of enemy soldiers. The Americans took cover in caves and returned fire. After his radio operator was wounded, Liell took over the radio and left his covered position several times to save wounded soldiers. For his actions he was awarded the Bronze Star with V for Valor and the Purple Heart. After a week in a MASH unit, he made 39 parachute jumps. He returned to the front lines,was promoted to sergeant, and later commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. After leaving the Army in 1962 he became a police officer with the NYC Housing Authority. He wrote the security manual for the NYC Housing Police, in which he served for 27 years. He also started the PBA paper "On The Beat" He was a director of the PBA and retired as its treasurer. He volunteered with St. Francis College's Law Enforcement Assistance Program. Liell was an active member of several veteran's organizations; an Ecumenical minister at the Capodanno Chapel in Ft. Wadsworth; a 4th degree Knight of Columbus at Holy Rosary Church in South Beach; and a member of many community organizations.(Matteo)
William J. Maguire Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Kensington Avenue and Kramer Street
Honoree: William J. Maguire (1936-2010) a retired fireman, was a baseball coach at Holy Rosary for eight years and managed teams at East Shore Little League from 1972 to 1980. In 1975 Holy Rosary’s CYO team won 16 consecutive games and the NYS Archdiocesan Championship.
William S. Klapach Way (Staten Island)
Location:At the northeast corner of Fillmore Street and Lafayette Avenue
Honoree: William S. Klapach was a U. S. Army combat photographer in World War II. His historic photos included one of the Italian dictator Mussolini, hanging at a gas station in Milan after his execution in April 1945. He also served as a personal guard to U.S. Army generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and George S. Patton. After WWII, he was an electrician and elevator mechanic for the U.S. government, based on Governor’s Island, and then a school safety agent for the Board of Education. He was a founder of the North Shore Rescue Squad, a past commander of the Slosson American Legion Post, and long-time active member of the Merrell American Legion Post and Knights of Columbus. (Rose)
World War II Veterans Pathway (Staten Island)
Location:Southwest corner of Forest Avenue and Silver Lake Park Road
Honoree: This street name honors Staten Island’s “Greatest Generation.”
World War II Veterans’ Memorial Rink (Staten Island)
Present name:Staten Island War Memorial Rink
Location:Existing ice skating rink within Clove Lakes Park at Victory Bouevard.
Honoree: This renaming was requested by a coalition of 14 veterans' organizations formed to coordinate the creation of War Memorials on Staten. It asked that this rink be renamed specifically to commemorate the dead of World War II.
Wu-Tang Clan District (Staten Island)
Location:At the southeast corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street
Honoree: The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip-hop group from Staten Island consisting of rappers, RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa. They released four gold and platinum studio albums, including the album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)", which is considered one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history. They are also considered one of the greatest rap groups of all time by many critics. (Rose)
WWII Medal of Honor Recipient Pvt. Joseph F. Merrell Jr. Way (Staten Island)
Location:Southeast corner of Morrison Avenue and Oakland Avenue
Honoree: Joseph F. Merrell, Jr. (1926-1945 was the only Staten Islander to win the Medal of Honor during World War II. On April 18, 1945, his unit was pinned down by enemy fire from rifles, machine pistols, and two heavy machineguns. Entirely on his own initiative, Pvt. Merrell ran hundreds of yards through concentrated fire, killing 23 Germans who were astride his path to the weapons that would have decimated his unit had he not assumed the burden of the assault.
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