NYC Honorary Street Names
Captain Patrick J. Brown Walk (Manhattan)
Location:A walkway located within East River Park between East 14th Street and East 18th Street
Honoree: Captain Patrick J. Brown, age 48, of Ladder Company 3, was a 23-year veteran of the FDNY, was killed during rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Way (Bronx)
Present name:University Avenue
Location:Between Hall of Fame Terrace and West 180th Street
Honoree: Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. (1922-2016) flew 68 combat missions as a fighter squadron commander with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, and is credited with being the first black fighter pilot to shoot down a German fighter jet. He was founder and president of 100 Black Men, a civic group formed in New York City in 1963 to improve conditions among African-Americans. He served as director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs at New York University where he was also a professor of education, he was president of Bronx Community College from 1977 to 1993 and then served as the director of the Center for Education Policy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. (Cabrera)
Elzina L. Dunn Brown Way (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of Thieriot Avenue and Randall Avenue
Honoree: Elzina L. Dunn Brown was an NYPD school crossing guard who gave her life defending her daughter from an abusive boyfriend. On January 3, 2013, Diamond Dunn, Elzina’s daughter, and her boyfriend Raymond Mayrant were arguing in the apartment when Mayrant pulled out a gun. He was about to shoot Diamond Dunn, when Elzina stepped in the middle of them and was killed. She was honored at the 11th annual Walk With Me event which focused on domestic violence in the Bronx. A plaque was installed outside of PS 100 Isaac Clason in memory of her service as a crossing guard. (Palma)
Flt. Officer Lawrence A. Brown Corner (Queens)
Location:On the north corner of Tuskegee Airmen Way and 153rd Street
Honoree: Flight Officer Lawrence A. (Bubba) Brown (1909-2012), one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, was drafted in 1942 and served in a segregated unit in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was wounded in Italy and spent 18 months recovering in Army hospitals. After his discharge, he worked in the Minnesota Department of Revenue as a tax auditor. From 1966 to 1968, he helped set up an income tax withholding system in Uganda under a contract with the U. S. Agency for International Development. He was a founder of the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis, opened in 1979. He was a volunteer coach and mentor at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center and also tutored in the Minneapolis public schools. (Wills) [This is one of 18 namings along Tuskegee Airmen Way honoring outstanding units and individuals in African-American military history.]
James Brown Way (Manhattan)
Present name:126th Street
Location:Between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Honoree: James Brown (1933-2006), was one of the top musical artists of the 20th Century. He won three Grammy awards and received a Kennedy Center honor in 2003. Mr. Brown also was involved in important social issues. He was credited in 1968 for keeping Boston calm following the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lizzie Ruth Brown Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of Beach 43rd Street and Beach Channel Drive
Honoree: Lizzie Ruth Brown (1941-2011), a supervisor at the NYC Department of Health for 25 years, was a tenant advocate, and president of the Beach 41st Tenant Association. When the city proposed closing the Community Center at Beach 41st Houses, she successfully campaigned to save it.
Major General John R Brown Square (Bronx)
Location:Bounded by West Kingsbridge Road and Sedgwick Ave
Honoree: John R. Brown (1908-1995) had a 42- year career with the New York National Guard. In World War II he served in North Africa and the Battle of the Bulge. At his retirement in 1972 he was Commandant of the Kingsbridge Armory. In civilian life, he was a business representative for Con Edison. After retirement, he continued to work as a volunteer at the Kingsbridge VA Hospital until his death.
Ozzie Brown Triangle (Bronx)
Location:Intersection of Sedgwick Avenue and Fordham Road
Honoree: Ozzie Brown (1944-2011) had a distinguished career in films and music. As Chair of the Community Board 7 Land Use and Re-Zoning Committee, he was instrumental in the rezoning of Webster Avenue and the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory.
Pvt. Buford Brown Way (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of East 179th Street and Morris Avenue
Honoree: Buford Brown (1924-2012), born in Georgia, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his military service, Mr. Brown returned to civilian life, married and had a family, moving from Harlem to the Bronx in 1966. For the remainder of his life, along with his wife Dorothy, Buford Brown was a community entrepreneur and benefactor, founding and operating multiple businesses and community organizations, including a licensed home daycare center, Jac-ga-Mar Community Improvement Association and Jac-ga-Mar Realty Corporation. The Association participated in community clean-ups, green thumb gardens and community patrols as Bronx neighborhoods were declining. (Cabrera)
Rev. R. D. Brown Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:St. Mark’s Avenue
Location:Eastern Parkway and East New York Avenue
Honoree: Randolph Brown (b. 1906), pastor of Mt. Ollie Baptist Church, became the most prominent pastor in Brownsville and was often called upon to resolve issues affecting Baptist Churches. In addition, his input was vital to the development of the Nehemiah Homes.
SPC Marcus Brown Way (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Dinsmore Street and Victory Boulevard
Honoree: Marcus Brown (d. 2017) served in the United States Army for 11 years and was a decorated Iraq Combat Veteran receiving the Bronze Star with valor in 2008 for his service. He was able to establish a perimeter around his vehicle, preventing another attack, after it was struck by a roadside bomb that killed his commanding officer and driver. He was serving in the National Guard at the time of his death from a car accident. (Matteo)
The Claude Brown Corner (Manhattan)
Location:the intersection of 145th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard
Honoree: Claude Brown (1937-2002) was the author of the 1965 novel “Manchild in the Promised Land,” based on his own childhood growing up in Harlem. Sent to reform school for the first time at the age of 11, he eventually became a lawyer, writer and lecturer. The adjacent block of Frederick Douglass Boulevard has been named Manchild Way, in recognition of his book.
Thomas E. Brown Avenue (Bronx)
Present name:Baychester Avenue
Location:East 233rd Street and Burke Avenue
Honoree: Thomas E. Brown (1921-1998), who taught instrumental music for 30 years in New York City schools, was a leader in the Baychester community, combating problems such as flooding, prostitution, rat infestation, and unwanted building developments. He also distributed surplus food to needy families and helped youths find summer jobs.
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