NYC Honorary Street Names

"D" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn

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Daesean Hill Drive (Brooklyn)
Present name:Hendrix Street
Location:between Sutter Avenue and Blake Avenue
Honoree: Daesean, affectionately known as “Dae Dae” was just short of his eighth birthday on November 1, 2003, when he was gunned down outside his home in the Sutter Gardens Housing Complex during a drug dealer dispute.
Damon S. Allen Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of St. Marks Avenue and Nostrand Avenue
Honoree: Damon S. Allen was a young NYC Department of Sanitation employee and local hero who had saved a child who had to jump from a fire fatal to others. He was murdered in September 2006, following the West Indian American Carnival, while attempting to defuse a fight among a group of men.
David D. Pagan Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of South 4th Street and Roebling Street
Honoree: David D. Pagan (1943-2013), who had served as an infantryman in Vietnam, was executive director of Los Sures, a nonprofit organization that has advocated rebuilding in South Williamsburg since 1972. Los Sures has rehabilitated of many buildings, giving residents a safe and sustainable neighborhood. Under his leadership, Los Sures became a pioneer in the management and development of affordable housing and was the first community-based organization to enter into agreements to manage City-owned properties. (Reynoso)
Denos D. Vourderis Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:West12th Street
Location:Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk
Honoree: Constantinos Dionysious (“Denos”) Vourderis (1920-1994) bought Ward’s Kiddie Park in 1981. Two years later he bought the Wonder Wheel. He and his sons restored the rides to their original splendor. In 1989 the Wonder Wheel became an official New York City Landmark.
Deputy Inspector Anthony J. Falco Square (Brooklyn)
Present name:N.A.
Location:The block bounded by Lafayette, Classon and DeKalb Avenues and St. James Place.
Honoree: Anthony J. Falco (1947-2000) was Commanding Officer of the 88th Precinct where he forged an outstanding relationship with the Brooklyn North community.
Det. Frank P. Collins Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:none
Location:Intersection of 72nd Street and 7th Avenue
Honoree: Frank Collins (1973-2002) joined the NYPD in 1999. After returning from 8-months with his Army Reserve unit in Bosnia, he was promoted to Detective and assigned to the Brooklyn narcotics division. His life was cut short on June 12, 2002 in a motorcycle accident. Attempting to protect a child who had run out against a traffic signal, he swerved around her and collided with a retaining wall. He died eight days later.
Detective Clarence M. Surgeon Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Rochester Avenue
Location:Between Atlantic Avenue and Herkimer Street
Honoree: Clarence M. Surgeon, a Korean War veteran, became a transit patrolman in 1955. He distinguished himself by repeatedly entering the subway to bring passengers to safety during a subway fire and for once saving a woman who had fallen onto the train tracks. He was active in various community and political organizations in Crown Heights as well as in the Guardians, the association of black police officers. Detective Surgeon was a Marshall at the 1963 March on Washington and stood with Martin Luther King Jr. during his “I Have a Dream” speech. In 2002 he was honored by the House of Representatives as a role model for his service and activism. He retired with the rank of Detective First Grade in 1994. (Cornegay)
Detective David Allen Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Tompkins Avenue
Location:Between Flushing Avenue and Fulton Street
Honoree: David Carl Allen (b. 1958) joined the NYPD in 1985 and was assigned to the Neighborhood Stabilization Unit in the 79th Precinct in Brooklyn where he remained for the balance of his career. He was subsequently assigned to Community Affairs and promoted to Detective Specialist on July 28, 1999. On November 30, 2000, Detective Allen died in a tragic accident while cleaning his service revolver.
LL:2001/ 71
Detective James V. Nemorin Street (Brooklyn)
Present name:8th Avenue
Location:Between 63rd Street and 65th Street
Honoree: James V. Nemorin (1966-2003) born in Haiti, excelled at undercover work. He was promoted to Detective on August 19, 2000. He also made an untold number of illegal firearm buys. He was so good at buying guns that he was assigned to the NYPD’s elite Firearms Investigation Unit. On the evening of March 10, 2003, during a long-term firearm investigation, Det. Nemorin and his partner were killed while attempting to purchase a high-powered firearm.
Detective Joe Galapo Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:7th Avenue
Location:Between 63rd Street and 65th Street
Honoree: Joe Galapo (1958-1988), a native of Cairo, Egypt, joined the NYPD in 1983and was assigned to the Brooklyn South Narcotics District. On August 16, 1988, during a “Buy and Bust” operation in Sunset Park, Galapo was shot and gravely wounded while trying to make an arrest. Prior to his death, he was informed that he would attain the rank of Detective. He had already taken the written part of the Sergeant’s exam, but did not live to attain that goal.
Detective Joseph Taylor Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of Menahan Street and Knickerbocker Avenue
Honoree:  Detective Joseph D. Taylor served with the New York City Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the 83rd Precinct. He was killed in the line of duty on August 29, 1977, when he and another officer responded to a call of a man with a firearm inside an apartment. (Espinal, Jr.)
Detective Rafael Ramos Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Ridgewood Avenue
Location:Between Shepherd Avenue and Highland Place
Honoree:  On December 20, 2014, Officer Rafael Ramos and his partner, Officer WenJian Liu, were shot to death in their patrol car by a crazed attacker. Ramos, who had just turned 40, had been with the NYPD for two years. Liu, 32, had been with the NYPD for 7 years. (Espinal and Levine in conjunction with the Mayor))
Detective WenJian Liu Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:West 6th Street
Location:Between Avenue S and Avenue T
Honoree:  On December 20, 2014, Officer WenJian Liu and his partner, Rafael Ramos, were shot to death in their patrol car by a crazed attacker. Ramos, who had just turned 40, had been with the NYPD for two years. Liu, 32, had been with the NYPD for 7 years. (Espinal and Levine in conjunction with the Mayor)
Detectives R. Parker and P. Rafferty Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Snyder Avenue
Location:Between Utica Avenue and Nostrand Avenue
Honoree: Detective Robert Parker was a 22-year veteran of the NYPD. Detective Patrick Rafferty was a 16-year veteran. Each was responsible for approximately 400 arrests. Both were shot and killed on September 10, 2004 when they attempted to confront a suspect in a domestic violence dispute.
Dewey Albert Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:West 10th Street
Location:Between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk.
Honoree: Dewey Albert was a leading real estate developer in New Jersey and Brooklyn. In 1962, with his son Jerome, he founded Astroland Park. In 1975 the Alberts began operating the Cyclone Roller Coaster. Dewey Albert died in 1992 at the age of 84. This naming marked the 75th Anniversary of the Cyclone Roller Coaster.
Diane Halbran Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Greenwood Avenue
Location:Between East 4th Street and East 3rd Street
Honoree: Diane Halbran was a police officer who participated in search and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She died at the age of 60 on September 6, 2017 as a result of cancer she developed following that assignment. (Lander)
Do The Right Thing Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Stuyvesant Avenue
Location:Between Quincy Avenue and Lexington Avenue
Honoree: "Do The Right Thing" is a 1989 film written and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the role of Mookie. The film, set in Bedford-Stuyvesant, was a critical and commercial success. It received an Academy Award nomination for Spike Lee for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Supporting Actor for Danny Aiello’s portrayal of a pizza shop owner. It was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. (Cornegy)
Dominick Della Rocca Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 69th Street and Shore Road
Honoree: Dominick Della Rocca, who died in 1998 at the age of 75, was a long-time business owner in Bay Ridge, operating Della Rocca’s restaurant. He was also the leader of an organization that began as the Locality Mayors and grew into being The Community Mayors. It is a not for profit, non-political group that he ran for 50 years, and is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with disabilities. He helped coordinate “Operation Santa Claus” where children receive gifts from Santa Claus who flies in on an airplane at JFK airport. He founded the Buck Wingo Athletic League, the Fort Greene Civic Center and received numerous awards for his work for the community. (Brannan)
Dominick Sabatino Bridge-1937 (Brooklyn)
Present name:13th Avenue Bridge
Location:A bridge crossing 61st Street and 62nd Street
Honoree: Dominick Sabatino (1871-1957), a musician and barber, was a civic leader who fought for a bridge to be built between 61st and 62nd Streets on 13th Avenue where an open BMT subway ditch separated one end of the sheet from the other. After his 9-year campaign on behalf of the local merchants association, the bridge was built. It opened on October 12, 1939.
Donald Richard Gavigan, Jr. 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northwest corner of 76th Street and 7th Avenue
Honoree: Donald Richard Gavigan, Jr. (b. 1966) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Donna and Michelle Blanchard Plaza (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of 92nd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Honoree: On June 7, 1994, Donna Blanchard dropped her five-year old son, Andrew, at P.S. 104. She and her four-year old daughter Michele then went to the local grocery store to pick up a few items. On their return trip from the grocery store, as they crossed Fort Hamilton Parkway at the corner of 92nd Street, they were both struck and killed by a hit- and-run driver who was never identified.
LL:2001/ 71
Dorothy M. Allen Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Glenmore Avenue
Location:Between Vermont Street and New Jersey Avenue
Honoree: Dorothy M. Allen served the community as a member of the Cypress Hills/East New York Beacon at I.S. 302, the DC 37 Women’s Committee, and chairperson of the Aging Committee of Community Board 5.
Dr. Derrick E. Griffith Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Montgomery Street
Location:Between Bedford Avenue and Franklin Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Griffith (1971-2015) served as the Acting Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Medgar Evers College. Prior to joining Medgar Evers College he was Executive Director of Groundwork, Inc., a Brooklyn-based community organization working to increase college access among residents of public housing developments. Earlier, he was the founding Director and Principal of CUNY Prep Transitional High School, a model school that continues to offer out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 18 an opportunity for full-time study in order to qualify for admission to college. (Cumbo)
LL:L.L. 2016/23
Dr. Frank J. Crifasi Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:47th Street
Location:Between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 11th Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Frank J. Crifasi (d. 2005) was co-founder of the Council of Neighborhood Organization and chairman of the Maimonides Medical Center’s Ambulatory Community Board, a member of the Board of Trustees of Maimonides Medical Center and a member of Community Board 12.
Dr. Giacomo J. Buscaino Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of 77th Street and 14th Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Giacomo J. Buscaino (1952-2008), a cardiologist, was Trustee of Victory Memorial Hospital for 12 years and its Chief of Cardiology for 3 years. He was a long-standing sponsor of the 68th Precinct Baseball League.
Dr. Jerry V. Burns Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Greene Avenue
Location:Between Patchen Avenue and Broadway
Honoree:  Jerry V. Burns (1942-2012) was the pastor and founder of the Open Door Church of God in Christ, which he served for 36 years. He opened a food pantry and soup kitchen serving approximately 3,000 people on a weekly basis. The church also provided biblical studies, counseling sessions, clothing, food and donated items to the community. He received numerous awards and citations for community service. (Mealy)
Dr. Joan Maynard Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Buffalo Avenue
Location:Between St. Marks Avenue and Bergen Street
Honoree: Joan Maynard (1928-2006 ) was the driving force behind the preservation of Weeksville, the pre-Civil War community of freed slaves on the edge of Crown Heights, just south of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Maynard reintroduced the country to a once-thriving Brooklyn community that included New York’s first black police officer and first black female physician. The houses were designated a city landmark in 1970 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. In 2012, the Weeksville houses were opened to the public following their $3 million renovation. (Vann)
Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Rutland Road
Location:Between Flatbush Avenue and Bedford Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus (1921-2016) was a diplomat, a humanitarian, and a tireless advocate for Caribbean-Americans and many others among the diverse population of Brooklyn. He helped resolve the Crown Heights riots as part of a group created by the late Governor Mario M. Cuomo. Born in Petite Martinique, Grenada, he graduated from Howard University with a B.S. in 1948 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1953. He practiced dentistry in New York City for 32 years before becoming Grenada's Ambassador to the United Nations in 1985, a position he held until 1990, and again from 1996 to 2004. While serving as a diplomat in the United Nations, he was not only an advocate for Grenada, but he spoke out on behalf of Caribbean, Latin American, and other small countries. He served for a year as the Vice-President of the UN General Assembly, and for a month was the Assembly's Acting President. He was instrumental in establishing the West Indian Day Carnival in Brooklyn and the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce. Among his many professional and civic awards, he was named a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. (Eugene)
Dr. Michael Brienza Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 15th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Michael John Brienza (1969-2009) graduated from NYU College of Dentistry and after residencies at Woodhull Hospital and Brookdale Hospital, entered general practice with his father in 1997. He was a leader in several professional organizations and also served in the United States Naval Reserve, where he received a number of awards, including as an expert marksman.
Dr. Pasquale M. Lapalorcia Corner (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of 92nd Street and Battery Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Pasquale M. Lapalorcia was a surgeon who lived and worked in the Bay Ridge community. He was greatly loved and respected by many of his patients and staff at Victory Memorial Hospital..
Dr. Rev. Clarence Norman Sr. and Ellen Norman Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Rogers Avenue
Location:Between Eastern Parkway and Union Street
Honoree: Rev. Clarence Norman Sr. (1930-2015)led the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights for over 60 years. It now has approximately 2,000 members. He also served as Protestant Chaplain for the New York State Division of Parole; Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Center for Law and Social Justice of Medgar Evers College; Chairman of the Orange Housing Authority in Orange, New Jersey; and served three terms as a Democratic County Committeeman in Orange, New Jersey. In 1987 he founded the Local Development Corp. of Crown Heights. It has built 21 buildings in Crown Heights, providing 800 units of housing for seniors and low-income families. Ellen Norman (1942-2016) began a career with the Brooklyn Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children where she worked as a child protective agent for over 25 years. She served on the Usher Board at the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg. (Cumbo)
Dr. Roy Hastick Sr. Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Caton Avenue and Flatbush Avenue
Honoree: Roy Hastick Sr. (1950-2020) studied for the Catholic priesthood in his native Granada for two years, but later became the head detail for the Chief of Police in Tortola. After migrating to the U.S. in 1972, he worked at the Port Authority. He later joined the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation. In 1985, he founded the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI) with 10 founding members. CACCI has provided emergency disaster relief in response to hurricanes and sponsors weekly small-business clinics and other programs on how to start, manage, operate, and expand a business in New York. In 1995, he was elected a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business, and was successful in getting Two-Way Trade with the Caribbean Region into the final recommendations submitted to the U.S. Congress. Among his many awards were an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from CUNY, and a Goodwill Ambassador Award from the Jewish Community. (Eugene)
Dr. Sam Pinn Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Fulton Street
Location:Between Grand Avenue and Cambridge Place
Honoree: Dr. Sam Pinn Jr. was an educator, social worker, civil rights activist and cultural leader. As Chairman of the Fort Greene Council Inc. , which he had helped found in 1973, its sponsorship of senior centers, grew from a single center in Fort Greene-Clinton Hills to 13 centers located throughout Brooklyn. The expansion also included a meals-on-wheels program, two child-care centers, COMPASS, and UPK for ALLs. In 1990, Dr. Pinn organized Jazz 966, which for a modest $15.00 donation gave Brooklynites an alternative to the expensive Jazz clubs in Manhattan. It featured artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter; Houston Person, Saxophonist; Etta Jones, Jazz Singer; and their own Danny Mixon, Pianist. For five years, he also hosted and produced a weekly radio show on WNYE, 91.5FM. He was Chairman of Independent Brooklyn CORE for 16 years and helped fight for social justice and political empowerment. As Chairman of Brooklyn's Community School Board No. 16, he helped initiate policies that dramatically improved the district's reading and math scores as well as attendance. Born in Virginia, Sam Pinn earned his Bachelor's degree in sociology from Morgan State University, a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers, and two Doctor of Law degrees: from Mary Holmes College and from Morgan State University. He was also a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) in the State of New York. He died on December 27, 2017 at the age of 82. (Cumbo)
Dr. Solly Walker Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Irving Place
Location:Between Putnam Avenue and Gates Avenue
Honoree: Solly Walker (1932-2017) was the first African-American basketball player for St. John’s University. He played from 1951-1954. In 1993, he was inducted into the St. John’s Athletic Hall of Fame and was also presented the Trustees Award by the NYC Basketball Hall of Fame. He was drafted by the New York Knicks but instead chose a career with the NYC Board of Education. He later became principal of the Manhattan School for the Mutli-Handicapped. (Cumbo)
Dr. Susan Smith McKinney-Steward Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of Prospect Place and Nostrand Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Susan Smith McKinney-Steward (1847-1918) was Brooklyn’s first African-American woman doctor. Her office was at 808 Prospect Place for ten years. She made great strides in the provision of health care to members of the community during these years and after her office relocated.
Dr. Walter A. Kyte Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Glenmore Avenue
Location:Between Watkins Street and Van Sinderin Avenue
Honoree: Dr. Walter A. Kyte (1946-2013) was raised in Guyana and moved to the United States after high school. He began his career with the NYC Board of Education in 1973 and later became the Assistant Principal of JHS 263 in Brooklyn and went on to be Principal at PS/IS 298. Under his leadership, it was ranked among the top schools in the city for achievements in Reading and Mathematics. In 2004, he was named Superintendent of District 23, where he also brought about significant progress in both Reading and Mathematics. In 2005, the District was ranked first in the city. He was the first Guyanese to serve as a Community School District Superintendent in New York City. He was also a member of the Queens Mediation Association and the New York State Mediation Association. After he retired, he worked as a consultant to the NYS Department of Education; and served as a board member or advisor to several non-profit organizations. (Espinal)
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.
Dwayne "The Pearl" Washington Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Belmont Avenue and Mother Gaston Boulevard
Honoree: Dwayne "The Pearl" Washington (1964-2016) grew up in Brooklyn. He excelled in basketball at Boys and Girls High School, where he became the most sought-after recruit of 1983. He went on to become a point guard at Syracuse where he made a 45-foot shot at the buzzer to give the Orange a 75-73 win over Boston College, and earned All-America recognition at Syracuse from 1984 through 1986. He was named first All-Big East twice and was the conference tournament's most valuable player in 1985. He led the team in assists and steals during each of his three seasons and had a record of 71-24 while he was on the team. He was the No. 13 overall NBA draft pick by the New Jersey Nets and played two seasons with them before playing his final season in the NBA with the Miami Heat in 1988-89. Throughout his NBA career, he had 256 steals and 733 assists in 194 games. His number 31 jersey was retired by Syracuse on March 2, 1996. On March 12, 2016, the community proclaimed Dwayne "The Pearl" Washington Day in Brooklyn. He died a few weeks later of cancer. (Ampry-Samuel)
Dyker Heights Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:13th Avenue
Location:86th Street and Bay Ridge Avenue
Honoree: Several local groups combined their efforts to enhance this shopping street with trees, banners and benches. They requested this co-naming to further a sense of neighborhood identity.

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