NYC Honorary Street Names
"A" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn
Abe Kanter Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 65th Street and 4th Avenue
Honoree: Abe Kanter (d. 2009) was a founder of a local AARP chapter, an assistant scoutmaster, an auxiliary police officer, and a commander of the Jewish War Veterans. He regularly visited patients at the VA Hospital and guided visitors through the Harbor Defense Museum at Fort Hamilton.
Abolitionist Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Duffield Street
Location:Between Fulton Street and Myrtle Avenue
Honoree: Many abolitionists and Underground Railroad conductors lived and owned property along this segment of Duffield Street. They provided many fugitive slaves with temporary sanctuary from the bounty hunters that were so prevalent in the City in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Abrian Gonzalez Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Dikeman Street
Location:Between Dwight Street and Richards Street
Honoree: Abrian Gonzalez (1985-2006) attended P.S. 15, as a youth. He inspired the other students to stay away from crime and drugs.
Adam Vineski Walk (Brooklyn)
Present name:Berry Street
Location:Between North 7th Street and North 8th Street
Honoree: Adam Vaneski (1936-2000) was a principal founder of the People's Firehouse. Inc., (PFI) a community based, non-profit organization located in Northside Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The People's Firehouse, Inc. is the civilian advocacy organization for New York City's firefighters. Veneski served as Executive Director of PFI from 1990 until his death on August 24, 2000.
African Burial Ground Square (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersections of Barbey Street with New Lots Avenue and with Livonia Avenue, and of Schenck Avenue with Livonia Avenue and New Lots Avenue
Honoree: Commemorates the burial ground for enslaved Africans in the area encompassing Schenck, New Lots and Livonia Avenues and Barbey Street.
Aileen Hernandez Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Bay Ridge Avenue and 12th Avenue
Honoree: Introduced by Council Member Brannan May 23, 1926 – February 13, 2017 Aileen Hernandez was an African-American union organizer, civil rights activist and women’s rights activist who helped found the National Organization for Women (NOW) and later served as its president between 1970 and 1971. Under her leadership, NOW organized the Women’s Strike for Equality in 1970. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson named her the first and at that time, only woman on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was also involved with organizations including Black Women Organized for Political Action, a group founded in 1968 to educate, train and involve African-American Women in the political process. In 2005, she was part of a group of 1,000 women from 150 nations who were collectively nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in social justice and civil rights.
Akai Gurley Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Eldert Lane and Linden Boulevard
Honoree: On November 20, 2014, Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old public housing resident was fatally shot by New York City Police Department (â€śNYPDâ€ť) Police Officer Peter Liang in a darkened stairwell at the Louis H. Pink Houses in Brooklyn, New York. At a press conference on November 21, 2014, NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton stated that the shooting appeared to be an accidental discharge. (Barron)
Al Christman Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:64th Street
Location:At 3rd Avenue
Honoree: Al Christman was a founder of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Baseball and Soccer League. He dedicated himself the creation, care and maintenance of the lot at 63rd Street and 3rd Avenue, which the league obtained to build a new field..
Al Nahas Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:3rd Avenue
Location:Between 76th Street and 77th Street
Honoree: Al Nahas (1928-2003) was a civic and business leader in Bay Ridge where he opened Nahas Art, a custom framing shop. He was active in the Third Avenue Merchants Association and served on the boards of many charities and community organizations. He was instrumental in the formation of Bay Ridge Community Development. In 1980, he opened Nightfalls Restaurant and encouraged others to do the same., making Third Avenue a Restaurant Row.
Alain Schaberger Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Gold Street
Location:Between Tillary Street and Tech Place
Honoree: NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, a 10-year veteran in the NYPD, was killed in the line of duty on March 13, 2011 when he was pushed over a railing while responding to a domestic violence dispute.
Alberto Ingravallo Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the northeast corner of Bay Ridge Parkway and 15th Avenue
Honoree: Alberto Ingravallo (1941-2012), born in Italy, received his diploma as a mechanic at the Automotive High School of Brooklyn and later became a teacher at that school. He was a developer of co-ops and condominiums in Brooklyn; treasurer of the Independent National Democrats Club; and also coached and refereed youth soccer. He was a founding member of the soccer referee association of Staten Island and continued to referee until 2011. In 2001 he initiated a musical cultural exchange between Mola di Bari, Italy, and New York. He was a member of the Congrega Maria SS Addolorata and established the annual Concerto della Festivale de Maria SS Addolorata. (Gentile)
Alfred J. Vigilante Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the northwest corner of East 49th Street and Foster Avenue
Honoree: Alfred J. Vigilante (d. 1999) was active in community and veterans affairs in Brooklyn. As Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post, he organized charity fundraisers, food drives and programs such as a drum and bugle corps for underprivileged children. He was an advisor to the Kings County Cadets youth program, he helped raise funds for Kings County Hospital and helped obtain much needed medical equipment for the Brooklyn VA Hospital. He also developed a local program to support returning Vietnam veterans and the families of the POWs and MIAs from that war. He also co-founded the East 49th Street Block Association in 1972, and promoted gardening, arts and reading programs for neighborhood children. (Williams)
Alfred J. Vigliante Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the northwest corner of East 49th Street and Foster Avenue
Honoree: Alfred J. Vigliante (d. 1999) was active in community and veterans affairs in Brooklyn. As Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post, he organized charity fundraisers, food drives and programs such as a drum and bugle corps for underprivileged children. He was an advisor to the Kings County Cadets youth program, he helped raise funds for Kings County Hospital and helped obtain much needed medical equipment for the Brooklyn VA Hospital. He also developed a local program to support returning Vietnam veterans and the families of the POWs and MIAs from that war. He also co-founded the East 49th Street Block Association in 1972, and promoted gardening, arts and reading programs for neighborhood children. (Williams)
American Hero Sergeant Roshain E. Brooks Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Southeast corner of East 85th Street and Avenue L
Honoree: Sergeant Roshain E. Brooks (d. 2017) was a Field Artillery Cannoneer assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army. He joined in 2012 and was later killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge. (Maisel)
American Veterans Memorial Pier (Brooklyn)
Location:The extension of Bay Ridge Avenue from Shore Road to the Pierhead Line
Honoree: The 593-foot long 69th Street Pier, at the foot of Bay Ridge Avenue, was built in 1904 as a ferry wharf and fishing pier. During World War I and World War II, it was a military embarkation point. When the wars ended, many of the returning soldiers were welcomed home at the 69th Street Pier.
Andrew and Vincent Abate Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bay 7th Street
Location:Between Bath Avenue and Benson Avenue
Honoree: Andrew and Vincent Abate (b. 1961 and 1964) were brothers who worked at Marsh & McLennan in the World Trade Center. Both were killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Andrew DiOrio Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 27th Street and 4th Avenue
Honoree: Andrew DiOrio (1924-2009) was General Manager of the Youth Center of St. Rocco’s R.C. Church for 25 years. He was later Deputy Public Administrator of Kings County and also served as Chairman of Community Board 7
Andrew Torregrossa Jr. Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 13th Avenue and 79th Street
Honoree: Andrew Torregrossa Jr. (1925-2011) was County Commander of the American Legion, a Trustee of the Brooklyn Public Library, and was actively involved in Catholic charities for over 26 years..
Angel Luis Gautier Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:36th Street
Location:Between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue
Honoree: Angel Luis Gautier (1947-1999), a bus operator for over 20 years, was killed in the line of duty on November 25, 1999. A member of the Transport Workers Union-Local 100, he had also served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam..
Angela Piccini Canadé Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of 84th Street and Ridge Boulevard
Honoree: Angela Piccini Canadé (d. 2010), a Dyker Heights resident, was a longtime columnist for the Home Reporter and Sunset News. She was a supporter for the Guild for Exceptional Children, a not-for-profit organization that offers services for developmentally disabled children and adults.
Angelo “Chubby” Campanella (Brooklyn)
Location:At the southwest corner of 77th Street and 21st Avenue
Honoree: Angelo Campanella (1926-2009)was an ice cream vendor in Bensonhurst for 50 years. His commitment to helping others was evident one afternoon when he saved a customer’s baby from choking to death, rushing the mother and child to the hospital just in time to save the child’s life. He also once pulled a mother and baby out from a flipped car that was in danger of catching fire; and helped capture a hit-and-run driver by blocked the roadway with his ice cream truck. He organized and carried out food drives, block parties and toy drives; and fundraisers for cancer patients. He also donated countless ice cream cones to children who were short of change (Greenfield)
Angelo M. Falcon Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Havemeyer Street
Location:At the corner of South 1st Street and Havemeyer Street
Honoree: Angelo M. Falcon (1951-2018) founded the National Institute for Latino Policy, known for fastidious research and for a weekly newsletter with harsh criticism at those who were lacking on their commitments to Latinos. He presented elected officials with detailed reports on poverty rates, education stats and Latino participation civil service jobs to show disparities. After watching a WWII documentary before it was shown on PBS stations, he joined a group of activists in complaining the film had left out contributions of Hispanic soldiers. They persuaded PBS to make changes to the documentary so that Latinos were represented. He organized protests against CNN anchor Lou Dobbs because of his positions on immigration. Dobbs eventually left the network. Mr. Falcon co-authored several books about the history of Latinos in New York. His data on redistricting in the early 1990s helped forge a path for politicians of color to be elected to Congress. As a child, he led a fight at his public school for Puerto Ricans to be able to take the Brooklyn Technical High School entrance exam, with him becoming the only one admitted. He also wrote a report in 2016 on Mayor de Blasio's administration which argued that the percentage of city posts that went to non-Hispanic white people had actually grown during the mayor's first two years in office. (Reynoso)
Anna Chineda Carter Square (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Bleecker Street and Knickerbocker Avenue
Honoree: Anna Chineda Carter (1932-2009) was chair of Community Board 4 in the 1970s. Under her leadership, CB 4 developed the Bushwick Action Plan to revitalize the community. After a 1977 fire obliterated 23 buildings, Ms. Carter successfully urged that the fire site be the location for a new 83rd Police Precinct station house..
Anna Marie Blinn (Brooklyn)
Present name:Brooklyn Avenue
Location:Atlantic Avenue to Dean Street
Honoree: Anna Marie Blinn (b. 1916) was involved in a wide variety of community efforts over 60 years including saving the Franklin Avenue shuttle, winning landmark status for Eastern Parkway, and securing a new building for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Annie Lautato’s Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:Northeast corner of 66th Street and 12th Avenue
Honoree: Antoinette "Annie" Lautato, the mother of twin daughters, was a school crossing guard at Regina Pacis School from 1986 to 1993 and was also instrumental in the school's fundraising and other volunteer activities. She was a volunteer school librarian at Regina Pacis for 5 years and founded the school's Luncheon Program.
Anthony Aristedes Delgado Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the corner of Central Avenue and Palmetto Street
Honoree: Anthony Delgado was killed when he was struck by a tow truck in a hit-and-run accident. Because of the accident, a traffic signal was installed at the intersection where he was killed. He was thirteen years old.
Anthony Brizzi Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:40th Street
Location:Between 10th Avenue and 12th Avenue
Honoree: Anthony Brizzi (1934-2000) and his brothers went into the family business, The Brizzi Funeral Home. He associated himself with the five parishes that encompassed his community by serving on their religious and civic committees. He and his brother Nick were very involved in the funding of the Council of Neighborhood Organizations, which Anthony served as Vice-President for 15 years.
Anthony J. Leone Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 21st Street and 4th Avenue
Honoree: Anthony J. Leone (1940-2006), owner of a funeral home on 4th Avenue, never turned anyone away for lack of funds and would never accept any money for the funeral of a child.
Anthony M. Scarpaci Sr. Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of 14th Street and 86th Street
Honoree: Anthony Scarpaci (d. 1989) took over the Scarpaci Funeral Home at the age of 21 after his fatherâ€™s death in 1939. The Scarpaci Funeral Home was established in 1910 is still operated by the Scarpaci family. Many of the family members have been active in community and service organizations including the Lions International, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis International and Peitroâ€™s Fight. Anthony Scarpaci was a founder of the Little Sons of Italy, a charity that donates to orphanages in Sicily and New York which also established free schools to teach new Americans how to speak English while guiding them through the citizenship application process. He was also a founding member and president of the Ben-Bay Kiwanis Club, which has raised millions of dollars for various childrenâ€™s charities over the past 50 years and still continues today. In 1962, after St. Frances Cabrini Church burned down, Mr. Scarpaci opened his funeral home to the community so services could be held every Sunday until the church was rebuilt. (Brannan)
Anthony Mosomillo Memorial Courts (Brooklyn)
Present name:Dyker Beach Park
Location:At Bay 8th Street and Cropsey Avenue
Honoree: These handball and basketball courts are named for Police Officer Anthony Mosomillo (1962-1998), who grew up in Bensonhurst. He was killed in the line of duty by a suspect on whom he was sent to execute a bench warrant (RGPR)
Anthony Neglia Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Bay 34th Street and 86th Street
Honoree: Anthony Neglia (1928-2008) was a leader with the 86th Street-Bensonhurst Community Merchants. He started the 86th Street Festival, worked with the Kiwanis Club and provided scholarships for Bishop Kearney students.
Anthony Pastena, Sr. Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:Southeast corner of Graham Avenue and Withers Street
Honoree: Anthony Pastena (1914-2004) dedicated his life to organizations that promoted his passion for heritage, community and the nation. He served for 22 years as president of the Society of St. Mary of the Snow, a cultural organization founded by the first Italians living in Greenpoint and named in honor the patron saint of their home town of Sanza, Italy.
Archbishop Anthony R. Monk Sr. Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Fulton Street and Buffalo Avenue
Honoree: Anthony R. Monk, Sr. (dates?) was very active in the community for over 65 years. He spent his teenaged years as a drug dealer, thief and gun-maker. He turned to God and later, after his father’s passing, took over managing Monk’s Memorial Non-Denominational Church. He was the Chief Prelate of a Non-Denominational Organization with churches from New England to Florida and in the Dominican Republic. He consecrated over 25 Bishops and trained over 500 preachers and pastors. In his community, he helped establish businesses, healthcare centers and affordable housing. He also assisted in cleaning out crack houses and helped ex-offenders get help and become more productive in society. (Samuel)
Archbishop Roy E. Brown Place (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Central Avenue and Schaefer Street
Honoree: See Archbishop Roy E. Brown Way
Archbishop Roy E. Brown Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Broadway and Linden Street
Honoree: Roy E. Brown (1943-2018) moved to New York at 13 and attended John Jay High School where his gift for singing was discovered. He began formal training in voice and music. At 17, he acknowledged a call to the ministry and began evangelizing. He became pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in 1966. In 1990, the year he was consecrated a bishop, he established Pilgrim Assemblies International, composed of churches throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South America and West Africa. He was elevated to the office of Archbishop in 1996. In 1998 the Pilgrim Church relocated from Brownsville to its present larger worship facility in Bedford-Stuyvesant. (Ampry-Samuel)
Archbishop Roy E. Brown Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Between Quincy Street and Gates Avenue
Honoree: Roy E. Brown (1943-2018) became pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in 1966. In 1990, the year he was consecrated a bishop, he established Pilgrim Assemblies International, composed of churches throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South America and West Africa. He was elevated to the office of Archbishop in 1996. In 1998 the Pilgrim Church relocated from Brownsville to its present larger worship facility in Bedford=Stuyvesant. (Ampry-Samuel)
Arie A. Bucheister Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Knickerbocker Avenue
Location:Between Stanhope and Stockholm Streets
Honoree: Arie Bucheister and his wife Beth operated the Knickerbocker Boy’s and Men’s store, a family owned business for 23 years. Arie was also active in the Knickerbocker Avenue Merchant Association. On February 1, 2003, Arie Bucheister was shot and killed in his store at the young age of 45.
Arleen Ramos Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:59th Street
Location:Between 3rd and 4th Avenues
Honoree: Arleen Ramos (1958-2004) was a long-time community activist and a member of Community Board 7 where she chaired the youth committee. She was the Director of Alternative Sanctions at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, where she was an integral part of one of the most innovative developments in the field of Criminal Justice.
Arturo Angelo Sereno 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Northeast corner of 12th Avenue and 67th Street
Honoree: Arturo Angelo Sereno (b. 1971) was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Assistant Principal Linda A. Romano Place (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of 66th Street and 16th Avenue
Honoree: Ms. Romano was assistant principal of the American Experience Academy at nearby Edward B. Shallow IS 227. She won many accolades as an educator, and was active in community service in both Bay Ridge and in her home borough of Staten Island. She was selected by The Brooklyn Historical Society to be interviewed on camera on the history of Bay Ridge and the building of The Verrazano Bridge. She was a reading volunteer at P.S. 4 in Staten Island, president of the Parents Association at the College of Staten Island, assistant coach for St. Joseph/St. Thomas Parish girl’s soccer teams, and raised funds for the Staten Island Sharks Ice Hockey league. (Menchaca)
Association Caggianesi D’America Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Southeast corner of Van Sicklen Street and Avenue T
Honoree: Association Caggianesi d’America was founded in 1996 by Italian-Americans who can trace their lineage to the town of Caggiano in Italy's Campagna region. The organization’s roots were in the “Caggianesi di Mutuo Soccorso” (Caggianesi Provident Society), founded in 1903 to preserve Caggianesi culture, celebrate America, and help those in need. During the first Sunday of May and October of each year, Association Caggianesi D’America organizes events to celebrate Madonna del Rosario, the patron saint of Caggiano and the society, and St. Anthony of Padua. It awards college scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and supports numerous charitable organizations. In the past, it has sponsored the Folkorico Group, approximately 40 Caggianese youth who performs songs and dances in 1800s attire and uses traditional instruments. The organization also sponsors international cultural and student exchanges in partnership with the Federation of Campania and the village of Caggiano, including a project to preserve the native Caggianesi dialect and culture. (Treyger)
Aurea M Blanco Walk (Brooklyn)
Present name:Seigel Street
Location:Between Manhattan Avenue and Graham Avenue/ Avenue of Puerto Rico.
Honoree: Born Aurea Montanez in Puerto Rico in 1920, Ms. Blanco came to New York in 1945. She was one of the original pioneers behind the construction of the Borinquen Plaza housing development and was instrumental in the formation of the Borinquen Plaza Tenants Association, which she served as Treasurer. She was also President of the I.S. 49 PTA, and from 1978 to her death was Secretary of the Borinquen Senior Citizens Center. She died in 1995 at age 74.
Auxiliary Captain Linying Gong Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Northeast corner of Shore Road and 74th Street
Honoree: Linying Gong served in the Auxiliary Police for 37 years and was the first Asian woman to be a Captain, working out of the 68th Precinct in Brooklyn. Although diagnosed with cancer, she remained dedicated to the Auxiliary Police and even visited with other cancer patients.
Avellar G. Hansley Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Linden Street
Location:Between Broadway and Bushwick Avenue
Honoree: Avellar G. Hansley (d. 2017) was the founder and president of the Linden-Bushwick Block Association. She received numerous awards for her work in her community such as the Certificate of Honor from the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, a New York State Assembly Citation, a New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition that will provide recognition on the file at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. She also served on Community Board 4, the 83rd Precinct Council and the Democratic Club. (Reynoso)
Avenue M – Mary Queen of Heaven Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Avenue M
Location:Between East 56th Street and East 57th Street
Honoree: This designation marked the 75th anniversary of Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Its lower level was competed, and its first Mass celebrated, in 1927. The parish school was opened in 1951. In June of 1997, just one week after the installation of a new pastor, the Church was destroyed by fire but has since been completely rebuilt.
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