NYC Honorary Street Names

"C" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn

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Calle Frenchie (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Marcy Avenue and Broadway
Honoree:  Santos “Frenchie” Ramos (d. 2019) grew up in Puerto Rico came to New York in his 20s. When he was 36 years old, he opened Frenchie’s Gym in Williamsburg. It remained open for 43 years, helping kids stay off the streets and away from drugs and gang violence. He also was a referee at the first WrestleMania. (Reynoso)
Captain John J. McKenna IV Lane (Brooklyn)
Present name:East 2nd Street
Location:Between Greenwood Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue
Honoree: Captain John J. McKenna IV (1976-2006) from BKooklyn, NY was killed in action while conducting combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company B, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines.
Captain Michael E. Berdy Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:West Avenue
Location:345 feet east of the northeast corner of West Avenue and West 5th Street
Honoree: Captain Michael E. Berdy (1943-1967), graduate of West Point, was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant in June 1965. He was initially assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he was deployed to the Dominican Republic. He was then assigned to the 2-8 Airborne of the 1st Cavalry Division and deployed to the central highlands of Vietnam, where he served as rifle platoon leader; as S-3 Air (coordinating air support); and finally as rifle company commander. He was wounded in combat and was evacuated to the Camp Zama Naval Hospital in Japan for recuperation. Given the option to return home, he instead chose to return to the frontlines. There he was killed in a helicopter crash on Christmas Day, 1967. The Michael E. Berdy School (P.S. 188) at 3314 Neptune Avenue is also named for him. (Treyger)
Captain Vincent E. Brunton Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:16th Street
Location:Between Prospect Park and Prospect Park Southwest
Honoree: Fire Captain Vincent E. Brunton (b. 1958) was killed during fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
LL:2002/ 28
Carey Gabay Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Clinton Avenue
Location:Between Willoughby Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
Honoree: Carey Gabay grew up in the Boston Secor Houses, a Bronx public-housing project. He graduated from Harvard, attended Harvard Law School, and worked at several firms in New York, specializing in corporate finance law. In 2011 he became an assistant counsel for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. He was also first deputy counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation, the state?s main economic development agency. In September 2015, on the evening before the West Indian American Day Parade, as an innocent bystander, he was struck by a stray bullet in a shootout in Crown Heights and died three days later. He was 43 years old. (Cumbo)
LL:L.L. 2016/23
Carlos Lezama Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of Brooklyn Avenue and St. Johns Place
Honoree: Carlos Lezama (d. 2007), is known as the father of the Citys annual West Indian American Day Carnival. The original Carnival in New York City took place in Harlem. Beginning in the mid 1960s, Carlos Lezama directed his efforts, with his friend Rufus Goring, to firmly establishing Carnival in Brooklyn.
Carlos M. Morales Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:South 2nd Street
Location:Between Hooper Street and Keap Street
Honoree: Carlos M. Morales (b. 1972) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Carmela ‘Mrs. C’ Casamento Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Avenue U and McDonald Avenue
Honoree: Carmela ‘Mrs. C’ Casamento (d. 2017) ran the Eagle Cheese Company in Gravesend, Brooklyn. She was known for her famous mozzarella cheese. She ran Eagle Cheese from 1979 until 2013. She donated food to the NYPD during the Holiday’s, and donated both food and clothing to the poor and to local charities. (Treyger)
Carole Schaffers Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Midwood Street
Location:Between Flatbush Avenue and Bedford Avenue
Honoree: Carole Schaffer (d. 2014) served as a Lefferts Manor Executive Board Member for many years and as vice president for 12 years. The Lefferts Manor House Tour, now (2017) in its 46th year, was almost singlehandedly run by her, and the Executive Board of the Lefferts Manor Association was like her extended family. Her goal was to have a strong, vibrant and progressive organization. She was a community advocate working to better everything from sanitation to security measures. As a founding member of the Prospect Park East Network, she helped in the battle to force the developer of 626 Flatbush Avenue to reduce the height of the building to a level more acceptable to the neighborhood. (Eugene)
Catherine Fagan Street (Brooklyn)
Present name:Hausman Street
Location:Between Meeker Avenue and Nassau Avenue
Honoree: Catherine Fagan (b. 1943), widowed and with four children to support, began as a secretary and worked her way up to an executive position with Marsh & McLennan. She was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Catherine McAuley High School Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of East 37th Street and Foster Avenue
Honoree: Catherine McAuley High School was a small, private Catholic, girls high school founded by the Brooklyn Sisters of Mercy in 1942. The school educated generations of Catholic women before it closed in June 2013 due to declining enrollment, changing demographics, and financial difficulties. (Williams)
Cecil Collymore Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Putnam Avenue
Location:Between Grand Avenue and Downing Street
Honoree: Cecil Collymore purchased property along Putnam Avenue in 1978 when it was a place of prostitution and drugs. He owned a number of shops including Collymore Laundry, a 99-cent store, and a coffee shop. The area is now being developed and changing positively. He was the founder of the Putnam Avenue Community Service Inc., which supplied free employment referrals for the youth and elderly, promoted computer training, and provided transportation for elderly and cancer-stricken children to attend special events. He was the first volunteer to assist the 88th Precinct in organizing a small community patrol, and gave out food to needy families. (Cumbo)
Ceferino Viera Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:44th Street
Location:Between 2nd Avenue and 4th Avenue.
Honoree: Ceferino Viera (1922-1991) was a decorated veteran of World War II and Korea. A retired cab driver, he was also a community activist who tried to rid his block of drug dealers. On April 16, 1991 he was run over and killed in front of his house by a van driven by a known drug dealer.
Cesaria Cez Soccoa Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:West 1st Street
Location:Between Quentin Road and Kings Highway
Honoree: Cesaria Socca (1955-2004) in addition to her extensive school related volunteer work, volunteered as a CCD instructor at St. Simon and Jude, and as a parent help for St. Athanasius Athletic Program. She was also the First Vice President for the 62nd Precincts Community Council.
Cesiah Toro Mullane Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Adler Place
Location:Between Hemlock Street and Crescent Street
Honoree: Cesiah Toro Mullane (1929-2003) chaired the Cypress Hills Community Coalition; was a member of the Cypress Hills Advocates for Education (CHAFE) and of Community Board 5; wrote and translated the community bilingual newspaper Neighbors and Merchants; and translated Blessed Sacrament Churchs weekly bulletin.
Charles & Margaret Collins Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Southeast corner of 77th Street and Narrows Avenue
Honoree: Margaret Collins (1949-2004) was an educator who inspired children in her classroom. Charles Collins (1940-2004) was a member of many charitable organizations: the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dongan Council of the Knights of Columbus, the Cathedral Club, the Saint Patrick Society of Brooklyn, the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and Division 22 of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. Together, they were very involved in the Bayfort Benevolent Association and also devoted to HeartShare Human Services.
Charles A. Sferrazza Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of 8th Avenue and 44th Street
Honoree: Charles A. Sferrazza (1933-1975) was a civic leader who was particularly active in organizations serving youth in his community. He was the founder of the community advisory board for youth; chairman of the drug rehabilitation committee for Community Planning Board 7, and served on the board of directors of the Leif Erikson softball league. He was also an active member of the 72 Precinct Community Council where he served as vice president and later president from 1975 until his death. (Menchaca)
Charles Ahl Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of 80th Street and Fifth Avenue
Honoree: Charles Ahl was the first chairman of Community Board 10, appointed in 1977. A World War II veteran and a scoutmaster, he also served as president of the Dyker Heights Civic Association.
Charles C. Pinn Triangle (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:The Lewis Avenue Triangle at Fulton Street and the Green Street space located at Fulton Street and Lewis Avenue
Honoree: Charles C. Pinn (d. 1995) was a youth organizer and a legislative assistant to Assemblyman Al Vann and NYC Council Member Annette Robinson. He was elected secretary of the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP and was active in organizations serving both youth and seniors.
Charles E. Inniss Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Brooklyn Avenue
Location:St. Marks Avenue and Park Place
Honoree: Charles Evans Inniss (1935-1997) held important positions with the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Model Cities, and the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation before joining Brooklyn Union Gas in 1979. He also served on the board of the Brooklyn Childrens Museum, which is on this street.
Charles J. Mauro 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:none
Location:Northeast corner of 72nd Street and 11th Avenue
Honoree: Charles J, Mauro (b. 1963) worked at the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Charlie Santiago Drive (Brooklyn)
Present name:Milford Street
Location:Dumont Avenue and Hegeman Avenue
Honoree: Charlie Santiago (1997-2005) was well known by the residents in the neighborhood for his angelic smile and how respectful he was to everyone. He was the president of his 2nd grade class and had a bright future ahead of him. Sadly, he was killed by a speeding car while crossing the street to meet his mother at an ice cream truck.
Charno Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Manhattan Ave and Greenpoint Avenue
Honoree: Honors Joseph, Edmund and Larry Charno for establishing Joes Department Store and the Harrico Pharmacy serving the Greenpoint community for over 30 years.
Chief Charles A. Joshua Plaza (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Fulton Street, Ralph Avenue and MacDougal Street
Honoree: Chief Charles Adebowale Joshua (1924-1999), served 13 years in the military. He attended the U.S. Army Adjutant General School, majoring in Business Administration and later studied social work at Adelphi University. Beginning in 1973, as Executive Director of the Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council, Inc., he worked to stimulate cooperation among community agencies..
LL:2001/ 60
Chief Patrick Brennan Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:58th Street
Location:5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
Honoree: Patrick Brennan (1935-1999) joined the New York City Police Department in 1965 and rose through the ranks to become Assistant Chief of Police in 1997. He remained in that capacity until his retirement in 1998. (RGPR)
Christ Church Lane (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of 73rd Street and Ridge Boulevard
Honoree: In honor of the 160 year history of Christ Church, which has made significant contributions to the community and is a hub for area arts and cultural events.
Christine Zounek Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Milton Street
Location:Between Franklin Street and Manhattan Avenue
Honoree: Christine Zounek (1957-2014) was a long-time resident of Milton Street. In 2008, she became the first volunteer at the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen at 136 Milton Street, and quickly became the Head Chef. The food pantry and soup kitchen is a critical part of the Greenpoint community. It is estimated that over five years, Christine helped prepare over 17,500 meals. She is fondly remembered for not only cooking nutritious food, but also food that was delicious, including Eastern European recipes that were greatly appreciated by the community who relied on the soup kitchen. (Levin)
Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:St. James Place
Location:Between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue
Honoree:  Christopher Wallace (1972-1997), known professionally as Biggie Smalls, Biggie and the Notorious B.I.G., was one of the most influential rappers of all time. As a teenager, he made a demo tape that came to the attention of A&R executive Sean Puffy Combs. Combs set up his own record label called Bad Boy Records and signed Wallace. From there, he released the Ready To Die album which went Platinum. On March 9, 1997 Wallace was killed by an unknown gunman while leaving a party. His album Life After Death, released 16 days later, became one of the few hip-hop albums to be certified Diamond. (Cumbo)
Christopher Columbus Drive (Brooklyn)
Present name:Avenue X
Location:Between Gerritsen Avenue and Burnett Street.
Honoree: This naming marked the 500th Anniversary of Columbus' landing in the New World. The action was requested by the Knights of Columbus
Christopher Rose Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Avenue D and East 40th Street
Honoree: Christopher Rose and his friends were attacked by a gang of teenagers who demanded one friends iPod. Christopher, aged 15, was stabbed twice in the chest and died. His death led to the establishment of the Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign (CRCEC) to reduce violence.
Cinco de Mayo Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:5th Avenue
Location:Between 43rd Street and 42nd Street
Honoree: This co-naming recognizes the culture and heritage of the Mexican population in Brooklyn. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Armys victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. (Menchaca)
Cinco de Mayo Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 41st Street and 5th Avenue
Honoree: This co-naming will recognize the culture and heritage of the Mexican population in Brooklyn. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Armys victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Note that another section of Local Law 45 of 2017 designates a Cinco de Mayo Way in the Bronx. (Menchaca)
Citizens of Mola di Bari Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Court Street
Location:Between 3rd Place and 4th Place
Honoree: Honors the 50th anniversary of the Van Westerhout Cittadini Molesi Social Club, a club for immigrants from Mola, Italy. The Club and its members have made many contributions to civic life in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and the City of New York.
Citizens of Pozzallo Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Henry Street
Location:Between Sackett Street and Union Street
Honoree: The Society of the Citizens of Pozzallo, founded in 1919, has helped the poor and underprivileged by promoting education and by contributing to science and medical research.
Columbus Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Havemeyer Street
Location:Between North 8th and North 9th Streets.
Honoree: This naming marked the 500th Anniversary of Columbus' landing in the New World. The action was requested by the Knights of Columbus
Cono D Alto Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of Graham Avenue and Conselyea Street
Honoree:  Italian-born Cono DAlto (1947-2009), a Vietnam veteran, worked in various Italian restaurants and owned a pizzeria before opening Mamma Maria Salumeria, named after his mother, in 1992. It became an institution in Italian Williamsburg. If local schools needed food for fundraisers, if the nearby senior center needed support for programming, or if a family needed help clothing their newborn, he donated generously. On September 11, 2001, he extended help to first responders, leaving his business open for police officers and firefighters. Thereafter, Mamma Maria Salumeria donated food and funds for families of the deceased and for their memorial services. (Reynoso)
Constantine "Gus" Economos 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:none
Location:Southeast corner of Ridge Boulevard and 84th Street
Honoree: Constantine Economos (b. 1960) worked for Sandler & ONeill Partners at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Constantino Tino DeCorato Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of Avenue U and West 9th Street
Honoree: Constantino DeCorato (b. 1982) was shot and killed on July 23, 2004 in a robbery at Telco Stores while protecting his sister and other co-workers.
Cpl. Joseph Basile Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of 81st Street and 16th Avenue
Honoree: Cpl. Joseph Basile (1925-1997) was in the initial landing force on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. He was awarded a Bronze Star With V for heroic action against an armed enemy on September 20, 1944 for saving the lives of 12 men..
Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:18th Avenue
Location:Between Shore Parkway and 61st Street
Honoree: This naming marked the 500th Anniversary of Columbus' landing in the New World. In recognition of the Italian-American community in this area, it uses the Italian form of Columbus' name.

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