NYC Honorary Street Names
Amanda Clarke Way (Queens)
Location:At the intersection of 137th Avenue and 227th Street
Honoree: Amanda Leah Clarke was actively engaged in several community groups such as the Federated Blocks of Laurelton, where she served as a block watcher during the crime spikes of the 1970ís and 80ís, and the Laurelton Garden Club. After the murder of her son Michael in 2002, she teamed up with friends and community members to form the Michael Arthur Clarke Foundation which provides scholarships to deserving students in southeast Queens. In addition to her community activism, she was elected Democratic Party District Leader and in 2001 and she ran for the New York City Council. Although she did not win, she remained actively involved in numerous campaigns as a volunteer, donor, and fundraiser. (Richards)
Benjamin Keefe Clarke Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Northeast corner of New York Avenue and Montgomery Street
Honoree: Benjamin Keefe Clarke (b. 1962) worked for Sodexho at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. [Spelled Clark in CNN & NY Times lists]
Dr. John Henrik Clarke Place (Manhattan)
Present name:West 137th Street
Location:Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Honoree: John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998) was a noted writer, teacher and historian of the African-American experience. He was instrumental in establishment of Africana studies programs in American universities.
Firefighter Michael J. Clarke Avenue (Staten Island)
Present name:Valdemar Avenue
Location:Between Foster Road and Queensdale Street
Honoree: Firefighter Michael J. Clarke (b. 1974) was killed at the World Trade Center during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Michael A. Clarke Avenue (Queens)
Present name:137th Avenue
Location:Between 226th Street and 230th Street
Honoree: Michael A. Clarke was very active in his community and also in the First Presbyterian Church. He will be most remembered for his camera coverage at Ground Zero in 2001 and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in Belle Harbor.
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