NYC Honorary Street Names


Bandleader William "Bill" Hughes Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:Northwest corner of Broadway and Castleton Avenue
Honoree: William H. "Bill" Hughes (1930-2018) was the bandleader, director and trombonist in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. He joined the orchestra in 1953 and became its bandleader in 2003 after the death of Grover Mitchell. He traveled the world, entertaining crowds at famous festivals and venues and performing for royal families. He also performed and recorded with Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Eckstine, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams. (Rose)
James Hughes, Sr. Place (Queens)
Present name:175th Street
Location:Between 110th Avenue and 111th Avenue
Honoree: James M. Hughes, Sr. was a civic leader, a member of Amity Baptist Church, a successful entrepreneur, a Master Mason and the Chairman of the Brinkerhoff Action Association, an organization that promotes civic pride and informs homeowners and residents of their rights in relation to city projects.
Langston Hughes Walk (Queens)
Present name:Northern Boulevard
Location:100th Street and 101st Street
Honoree: Reflects the location of the Langston Hughes Library, home of the Black Heritage Center of Queens. It is named in honor of James Langston Hughes (1902-1967), a well-known black author who wrote poems, novels, short stories, plays, history books and autobiographies. (RGPR)

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