NYC Honorary Street Names

"M" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn

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Mafalda DiMango Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 81st Street and 15th Avenue
Honoree:  Mafalda DiMango (1926-2018) was one the longest-serving school board members in the history of the City. She served over 40 years in School District 20 as a member of the school board and the Community Education Council. She was also a member of the Dyker Heights Civic Association and Community Board 11. She received many awards for her service, including the Civic Award, the Woman of the Year Award and the Hidden Treasure of the Community Award. She received the JFK Italian-American Heritage Citation, was honored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and was knighted by the president of Italy. (Brannan)
Malbone Centennial Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Empire Boulevard
Location:Between Flatbush Avenue and Washington Avenue
Honoree:  This co-naming commemorates a subway derailment that killed 93 people and left hundreds injured on November 1, 1918. The Brooklyn Rapid Transit subway train crashed near the intersection of Malbone Street, Flatbush and Ocean Avenues. It was the deadliest transit disaster ever in New York City. Most of Malbone Street was later renamed Eastern Parkway. (Cumbo)
Margaret Carnegie Playground (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Existing playground within Cooper Park, located on the northeast side of Cooper Park adjacent to Maspeth and Morgan Avenues
Honoree: Margaret Carnegie (1910-1993) was a community leader and an advocate for public housing. In 1953 she moved to the Cooper Park Houses where she was responsible for the creation of its Tenant Patrol. She worked to improve conditions for both youth and the elderly in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg area, and participated in many community organizations. She is credited with bringing Grandparents Day (the first Sunday after Labor Day) to New York.
Margaret Corbin Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Corbin Place
Location:Between Cass Place and the Boardwalk
Honoree: Margaret Corbin (1751-1800) has been an unsung hero of the Revolutionary War. In 1776, at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, she accompanied her husband, John Corbin, to his post in charge of a small cannon on a ridge later named Fort Tryon. It was at this battle station that he was killed during an assault by the Hessians. After witnessing her husband’s fall, she courageously performed his duties until she herself was severely wounded, and permanently disabled. In 1779, Congress declared her the first woman pensioner of the new nation. She was buried at West Point with full military honors. (Deutsch)
Maria LaVache 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:none
Location:Southwest corner of 76th Street and 12th Avenue
Honoree: Maria LaVache (b. 1941) was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Marie Walsh Corner (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of 84th Street and 7th Avenue.
Honoree: Marie Dinu Walsh (1934-1994) was a civic leader in the Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights area, active on issues such as public safety, education, and libraries. She served as president of the Dyker Heights Civic Association. She was also a charter member of the Kings County Conservative Party and later a member and treasurer of the Edmund Sterrace Republican Club. From 1968 to 1993 she was a member of the NYC Health Systems Agency. She died in 1994 in the home at 936 84th Street where she had been born and lived her entire life.
Marine Lance Corporal William Wayne White Street (Brooklyn)
Present name:Pilling Street
Location:between Broadway and Evergreen Avenue
Honoree: William Wayne White (1979-2003) followed in his father's footsteps and enrolled in the United States Marines, where he became a radio operator. His unit, the Third Assault Amphibian Battalionwas deployed to Iraq, where William was killed on March 28, 2003.
Mario DiPinto Lane (Brooklyn)
Present name:Fulton Street
Location:Crescent Street and Autumn Avenue
Honoree: Beginning in 1969, Mario DiPinto (1938-1999) built a thriving real estate, travel, and income tax center business and became known as the unofficial Mayor of Cypress Hills. He was instrumental in rebuilding over 500 homes in the Cypress Hills area and in the acquisition of property for the new P.S. 7 in Cypress Hills.
Marion Castellano Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bay 28th Street
Location:Between Cropsey Avenue and Bath Avenue
Honoree: Marion Castellano (1925-2000) organized the Cropsey Park Concert Series, which drew thousands for free rock music events. In 1967, she and her husband Phil opened Bath Music. located in Bensonhurst, which she operated until her death.
Marjorie Richardson Street (Brooklyn)
Present name:Fountain Avenue
Location:Sutter Avenue and Linden Boulevard
Honoree: Marjorie Richardson (b. 1935) with her husband and sons, moved to Cypress Hills Houses in 1961, where she became active in the tenant association. She became Director of the Youth Patrol, developed other after-school activities for children and served as member of Community Board 5, among other community organizations. (RGPR)
Mark D. Hindy 9-11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:SW corner of Third Avenue and 82nd Street
Honoree: Mark D. Hindy (b. 1973), who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Marlene Rivera Walk NYPD Police Officer (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northwest corner of Palmetto Street and Wilson Avenue
Honoree: Marlene Rivera (1982-2006) who lived on Palmetto Street all of her life, was a New York City Police Officer assigned to the 103rd Precinct in Queens. She was killed when the car in which she was a passenger crashed on September 22, 2006.
Marlyn Carmen Garcia Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of 43rd Street and 8th Avenue
Honoree: Marlyn Carmen Garcia (b. 1980) worked for Marsh & McLennan at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Marsha Rapaport Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:West 5th Street
Location:Between Surf and Neptune Avenues
Honoree: Marsha Rapaport (1939-2000) lived in the shorefront community for over 30 years. She was District Leader and State Committeewoman of the 46th Assembly District, Legislative Aide to State Senator Seymour Lachman and Chief of Staff for retired City Council Member Samuel Horowitz.
Martense Lane (Brooklyn)
Present name:36th Street
Location:Between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 15th Avenue
Honoree: Until the adoption of the modern street grid in the Town of Flatbush, Martense Lane was a colonial-era dirt road connecting the Gowanus Road, at 35th Street and Fourth Avenue, with the Flatbush Road (now Avenue) at the Dutch Reformed Church. During the Revolutionary War, in the Battle of Long Island, Martense was one of the principal British routes of advance. It is part of the New York State American Revolution Heritage Trail in Brooklyn.
Martin ‘Marty’ J. Bromberger Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of West 19th Street and Surf Avenue
Honoree:  Martin ‘Marty’ J. Bromberger (?-?) was very active in the Coney Island community. He was a member of the Astella Neighborhood Development Corporation to advocate for affordable housing. He was also a member of the Shorefront Democratic Club and eventually became its male Democratic Leader. He was very involved with Community Board 13; served on Coney Island Hospital’s Community Advisory Board; and was instrumental in getting healthcare accessible to the neighborhood. He was a member of the Community Emergency Response Team and was also very involved with the Brooklyn Cyclones. (Treyger)
Mary Pinkett Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Washington Avenue
Location:Between Eastern Parkway and Lincoln Road
Honoree: Mary Pinkett was the first African- American woman elected to the New York City Council, serving from 1974 thru 2001. She died in 2003 at the age of 72.
Mary Sansone Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of DeGraw Street and Henry Street
Honoree: Mary Sansone (1916-2018) was a lifelong community activist. She founded the Congress of Italian-American Organization, a social services organization; and CURE, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to reducing ethnic and racial tension and building diverse relationships throughout the community. When her son was killed in a plane accident, she created a scholarship program in his name for high school graduates. Working for the United Nations Relief Fund, she accompanied two orphaned children to twenty-three states to raise funds for war torn Italy. The trip culminated in a visit with President Truman where she was awarded his pen used to sign the bill allocating funding for this cause. In conjunction with Bayard Rustin, she formed the first coalition of Italian, African and Spanish Americans to stop gang violence that was plaguing the city. She helped establish the New Era Democratic Club, a group which backed candidates based on their platform rather than party ties and also helped start the first pre-K programs and after- school and senior-center activities. (Lander)
Mary Warren Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Sheffield Avenue
Location:Between Fulton Street and Livonia Avenue
Honoree: Mary Warren (d. 2001) worked for the Housing Authority for 13 years before becoming Special Assistant to Congressman Edolphus Towns. She was also involved with both youth and the elderly as a Community Relations Associate for the Wartburg Lutheran Home for the Aging and as a Recreation Specialist at the Brownsville Recreation Center. She was District Leader for the 40th Assembly District for three terms, and president of a tenant association at Unity Plaza Housing for over 20 years.
Maureen Stramka Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the southeast corner of 78th Street and 3rd Avenue
Honoree: Maureen Stramka (1937-2014) served as president of several organizations including the Lions Club and the Ragamuffin Parade. She was also active in the Merchants of Third Avenue, the Bay Ridge Community Council, the Bay Ridge Ambulance Volunteer Organization, the 68th Precinct Community Council, and Community Board 10. She also worked as a representative for Advocates for Services for the Blind and Multi-handicapped, a non-profit organization that helps blind and developmentally disabled people. She was a member of the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee, a group of business and civic leaders that advocates on behalf of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton. (Gentile)
Melquain Jatelle Anderson Drive (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Gold Street and York Street
Honoree: Melquain Jatelle Anderson was killed in October 2017 while waiting at a bus stop outside of the Farragut Houses. His family later started a scholarship and emergency fund in his name at John Jay College where he had earned his bachelor degree. (Cumbo)
Melvina Headley Square (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Hegeman Avenue and Essex Street.
Honoree: Melvina Headley (1920-1994) was responsible for the first massive voter registration drive in East New York. In the 1970s she started the East New York Drum and Bugle Corps. She was also active in her church and tenant association, in Democratic politics, and in organizations serving seniors and youth. After many years as a teachers aide in the public schools, she retired in 1991, but continued to be active, spending much time in tutoring youth. On July 22, 1994 she was killed in an accident at this intersection.
Michael E. Behlen Circle (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Traffic circle at the intersection of Shore Road and Narrows Avenue within Shore Road Park
Honoree: The circle is dedicated in memory of Michael Behlen (1929-2000), a longtime civic leader and Bay Ridge Resident. Behlan served as president of the 68th Precinct Community Council. He also led a group of residents in the cleanup of Shore Road Park and conducted numerous graffiti clean-ups.
Michael Fischetti Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Corner of East 27th Street and Avenue Z
Honoree: Michael Fischetti (1940-2008) was a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and owner of M&M Meats. He started the Guardians of Hydrocephalus Research Foundation after his son was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. He helped fund medical expenses for underprivileged children and families and went so far as to bring a child from Trinidad to New York for medical attention.
Michael Griffith Street (Brooklyn)
Present name:Pacific Street
Location:Albany Avenue and Ralph Avenue
Honoree: On the night of December 20, 1986, Michael Griffith, a construction worker, and three friends were in a car that broke down on Cross Bay Boulevard near a pizzeria, which they then entered to eat. When the three men left, a crowd armed with baseball bats confronted them and chased them to Shore Parkway where Michael Griffith was hit by a car and killed. He was 23 years old.
Mike Lee Corner (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Wythe Avenue and North 6th Street
Honoree: Mike Lee (1936-2006) dedicated his personal life and business life to improving Williamsburg. Through his architectural skills, he preserved and maintained many historic buildings. He also encouraged local children and seniors throughout the community to engage in artistic activities.
Milton Berger Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Surf Avenue
Location:Between West 8th Street and West 10th Street.
Honoree: Brooklyn-born Milton Berger managed restaurants in the Times Square Area before becaming a show business press agent. For more than 50 years he used publicity talents to draw visitors to Coney Island. Although known for his flamboyant style, he had a high regard for opers, the fine arts, and literature. He worked for Steeplechase Park; the Coney Island Chamber of Commerce; and Astroland, the last of the big Coney Island amusement parks. He died in 1997 at age 81.
Mitchell Wesson Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:West Avenue
Location:Between Ocean Parkway and Shore Parkway
Honoree: Mitchell Wesson(1946-2002), was born in Brooklyn and attended Kingsborough College and Brooklyn College, earning degrees in education, accounting and economics. He was a member of Brooklyn Community Board 13 for over 20 years, serving twice as the Chairperson. He resolved difficult neighborhood problems with logic, precision and a total understanding of process.
Mitchell-Lama Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Leonard Street
Location:Between Boerum Street and Moore Street
Honoree: MacNeil Mitchell (1904-1906), was a New York state senator representing Manhattan's Upper East Side. During his 27 years in the Legislature, he was considered one of the most influential Republicans in New York, known for legislation on education, transportation, alcoholism and juvenile delinquency. Alfred A. Lama, (1899 -1984), a Democrat, was a New York State Assemblyman who represented the Brownsville section of Brooklyn for 30 years. He was also an architect for more than 50 years and maintained his architectural practice throughout his political career. Together, Mitchell and Lama sponsored the Mitchell-Lama housing law, which was passed in 1955. It allowed private developers and nonprofit organizations to receive tax abatements and low-interest mortgages, In return, the building owners agreed to limit their profits and keep rents low. The law led to the creation of more than 150,000 units of middle-income housing throughout the state. (Reynoso)
Mizanur Rahman Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northwest corner of Liberty Avenue and Forbell Street
Honoree: Mizanur Rahman (1965-2002) was a respected photojournalist in Bangladesh. He immigrated to American with his wife and young son in 1999 and settled in the City Line section of Brooklyn. There he became an active member of the Bengali community and worked in the restaurant industry. In what came to be known as a case of mistaken identity, Mizanur Rahman, walking home from work, was beaten to death by a mob of young men on August 11, 2002.
Monchito Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:5th Ave
Location:Between 44th and 45th Streets.
Honoree: Jose Pacualy (1938-1995) , nicknamed Monchito, came to New York from Puerto Rico at age 9. At 21 he opened a flower shop in Sunset Park, and later the Monchito Wedding Center and Bakery at 4419 Fifth Ave. He organized the 72nd Precinct's annual Police Appreciation Day and its annual Halloween Party. He was active in the 5th Avenue Merchant's Association; Little League; and the Sunset Park Children's Parade. He also organized the the "Latin Brooklyn" pageant for teenage girls and the "Little Miss Latin Brooklyn Pageant" for pre-teen girls.
Moses P. Cobb Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Southeast corner of Bergen Street and Utica Avenue
Honoree: Moses P. Cobb (1856-1926) became, in 1892, the first African-American police officer in the Brooklyn Police Department. He was also the first African-American police officer in the consolidated NYPD after Brooklyn joined New York City in 1898. He retired in 1917.
Mother Cabrini Park (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:North side of President Street between Van Brunt and Columbia Streets.
Honoree: Mother Cabrini (1850-1917) was the first American saint of the Roman Catholic church. In 1880 she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the first Missionary Congregation for women. She came to the US in 1889 at the request of Pope Leo XIII to serve Italian immigrants. Over her lifetime she is credited with the establishment 67 schools, hospitals,nursing homes, orphanages, and other institutions in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.
Mother Gloria A. Boyce Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Pitkin Avenue
Location:Between Eastern Parkway and Van Sinderen Avenue
Honoree: Gloria A. Boyce served the central Brooklyn area for over 40 years. She was a member of the Brownsville Community Council Board, the Community Progress Center, the Marcus Garvey Urban Renewal and founded the LaVaughn Moore Day Care Center, in East New York, as well as the Northeast Brooklyn Block Association.
Mother Maria J. Fisher Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Corner of East 15th Street and Avenue X
Honoree: Mother Maria J. Fisher led the effort to construct the first Baptist Church in Sheepshead Bay in 1899. Being a very religious woman and well respected for the religious services she held at an empty lot at East 15th Street and Avenue X, she attracted the attention of a wealthy entrepreneur who provided the two lots needed to construct a church.
Ms. Marion Dombkowski Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:7th Avenue
Location:Between Prospect Avenue and 17th Street
Honoree: Marion Dombkowski (1926-2006) was a school crossing guard at IS 88 for 28 years. The community recognized her contributions and she was given an Award of Appreciation for her many dedicated years of service with the Police Department.
Msgr. John T. Peyton Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Shepherd Avenue
Location:Between Atlantic Avenue and Pitkin Avenue
Honoree: Msgr. Peyton (1934-2008) founded the Ralph Center, where he worked with the Haitian and Hispanic population on social needs including immigration, health, education and housing. He took part in “The Experiment of Brownsville” that included eight priests and six nuns who moved out of their rectories and convents to live among the poor of Brooklyn, helping with the immediate needs of the people. He went to Puerto Rico for a year to learn Spanish, and also learned to speak Creole. He was co-chairman of the congregations that built Nehemiah Homes for the working poor in Brownsville and East New York. In 1983 he became pastor of St. Rita parish in East New York and served there until his death. (Espinal)
Muhammad Ali Jinnah Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Coney Island Avenue
Location:Between Avenue C and Avenue H
Honoree: Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948) was the founder and first Governor-General of Pakistan. He studied at Bombay University and at Lincoln's Inn in London. He had a successful legal practice in Bombay and was a member of the Indian National Congress, which was working for autonomy from British rule, when he joined the Muslim League in 1913. In 1916, he was elected president of the Muslim League, which represented the interests of Indian Muslims in a predominantly Hindu country. He resigned from the Indian National Congress in 1920, when the congress launched a movement to boycott all aspects of British rule. After provincial elections in 1937, the congress refused to form coalition administrations with the Muslim League in mixed areas, and relations between Hindus and Muslims began to deteriorate. In 1940, at a Muslim League session in Lahore, the first official demand was made for the partition of India and the creation of a Muslim state of Pakistan. While he had always believed that Hindu-Muslim unity was possible, he reluctantly came to the view that partition was necessary to safeguard the rights of Indian Muslims. His negotiations with the British government, resulted in the partition of India and the formation of the state of Pakistan on August 14, 1947. (Williams)
Muriel Siskopoulos 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Southeast corner of 96th Street and Marine Avenue
Honoree: Muriel Siskopoulos (b. 1941) worked at the firm of Keefe, Bryette & Woods in the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001

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