NYC Honorary Street Names
Detective Randolph Holder Way (Queens)
Present name:At the intersection of Collier Avenue and Briar Place
Location:Between Beach 25th Street and Beach 22nd Street
Honoree: Randolph Holder and his partner were on patrol in East Harlem on October 20, 2015, when they responded to a call of shots fired. The officers canvassed the area for the suspect and located him approximately 18 blocks away near a footbridge over Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive at 120th Street. A gun battle ensued. Officer Holder was struck in the exchange of gunfire and was killed in the line of duty. The suspect, who had been wounded, was found several blocks away by responding officers and taken into custody. (Richards and Mark-Viverito)
Dr. Wesley McDonald Holder Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Schenectady Ave
Location:Bounded by Fulton St and the northside of Atlantic Ave; and by the southside of Park Pl and Winthrop St (Repealed 1995/86; New Limits: Bounded by Fulton St, N Side of Atlantic Ave, S side of Park Pl, Winthrop St, Clarkson Ave, and northerly right-of -way
Honoree: Dr. Holder (1897-1993), an immigrant from Guyana, studied mathematics at CCNY. In the 1930s, as a supporter of Marcus Garvey, he toured the South to promote black pride and independence. During World War II was a statistician for the War Production Board in Washington. He was also a reporter for the Amsterdam News. An astute political tactician, he engineered the election of Brooklyn's first elected black judge in 1953. He was campaign manager for Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in Congess, and was a mentor to other black political leaders including Mayor David Dinkins and Congressman Edolphus Towns.
Edward “Iron Man” Holder Avenue (Staten Island)
Location:Northeast corner of Corbin Avenue and Barlow Avenue
Honoree: Edward Holder (1984-2005) followed a family tradition of becoming iron worker. After the September 11th World Trade Center disaster, he and other family members worked untold hours cutting through the mass of debris in hope of saving lives.
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