NYC Honorary Street Names
"R" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn
Rabbi Dr. Joseph I. Singer Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of West End Avenue and Cass Place
Honoree: Rabbi Dr. Joseph I. Singer (d. 2004) was spiritual leader of the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center for nearly 50 years beginning in 1947 and thereafter as Rabbi Emeritus until his death. He was also a scholar and educator who taught at Stern College of Yeshiva University and Kingsborough Community College.
Rabbi Morris J. Block Street (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bay 44th Street
Location:Between Hunter Avenue and the eastbound (south) service road of Shore Parkway
Honoree: Rabbi Block (1921-2002) camecabrini to the US from Lithuania in 1923. He was educated at yeshivas and Abraham Lincoln HS, and attended Brooklyn College. In World War II he served in Europe with the 416th Night Fighter Squadron of the US Army Air Force. Afterward he worked in the garment industry for 14 years. In 1962, he was troubled to learn that mentally retarded Jewish children were denied the right to a Bar Mitzvah in the main sanctuary. That led to his founding of the Brooklyn School for Special Children, which he served as Executive Director. This 1992 naming marked its 30th anniversary, by which time BSSC served thousands of children and adults at 10 facilities throughout the Borough.
Rabbi Weissmandl Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:50th Street
Location:Between 10th Avenue and 20th Avenue [2014/34 btw 14th & 15th Av]
Honoree: Rabbi Michael Ber Weissmandl (1903-1957) was born in Hungary and was later associated with the Yeshiva in Nitra, Slovakia. In 1942, during the Holocaust, he became co-head of an underground entity known as the Working Group, which attempted to stave off the deportation of Jews from Slovakia through negotiations and bribes paid to German and Slovak officials. Ultimately, they could not raise the money to meet the German demands, but their effort is credited with delaying the deportations of Jews from Slovakia by two years. In 1944, Rabbi Weissmandl escaped from a sealed train headed for Auschwitz but was unable to save his family. After the war, he immigrated to the U.S. where he reestablished the Nitra Yeshiva in New Jersey, Mount Kisco (NY) and Boro Park, Brooklyn. (Greenfield)
Rabbi Zvi Florence Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Northeast corner of 52nd Street and Old New Utrecht Road
Honoree: Rabbi Zvi Florence (1955-2010) was on Community Board 12 for many years and was dedicated to furthering entertainment and the arts in Borough Park. He helped organize the Annual Purim Parade, the Choel Hamoed Festival and the Succathon in Borough Park.
Rachel “Frenchie” Paliseno Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Corner of Bay 20th Street and Bath Avenue
Honoree: Rachel Paliseno (1928-2004) worked part-time for the Board of Education where she served many school lunches. She was dedicated to and loved her family and friends in the St. Finbar/Bensonhurst community.
Ragamuffin Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of 74th Street and 3rd Avenue
Honoree: The Ragamuffin Parade has been an annual tradition in Bay Ridge since 1966. Local children wear Halloween costumes weeks before Halloween and march down Third Avenue on the day before the Third Avenue Festival, typically, the last weekend in September or the first weekend in October. The first parade was put together by Our Lady of Angels?s Father McKenna and local resident Cliff Scanlon. Also, in the Ragamuffin Thanksgiving Day parade, Bay Ridge hosts one of the biggest parades in the United States where children beg door to door, dressed as ragamuffins. (Gentile)
Raoul Wallenberg Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:13th Avenue
Location:Between 36th Street and 60th Street
Honoree: Raoul Wallenberg (1912-1947) was a Swedish diplomat who risked his life to save Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. When the Soviet army freed Budapest, Wallenberg presented himself to the army but then disappeared.
Raul Vasquez Jr. Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Union Street
Location:Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue
Honoree: Raul Vasquez Jr. (1974-1995), a plumber’s helper, was a popular young man who coached neighborhood children in basketball. It was on Union Street that he was killed by a stray bullet on July 31, 1995.
Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, Schneerson Square (Brooklyn)
Present name:Lefferts Avenue
Location:Between Brooklyn Avenue and New York Avenue
Honoree: Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson (1901-1988) was the daughter of the sixth Rebbe of Chabad and the wife of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, leader of the Chabad movement. She and her husband, they led the global Chabad-Lubavitch movement, which would become the largest Jewish organization in the world. It inspired Jewish activism in the United States and the world after the Holocaust. Before coming to the U.S. in 1940, she had repeatedly risked her life to help others under both Soviet and Nazi rule. Soon after her death, Campus Chomesh on Lefferts Avenue was built in her memory. Today, it is the largest Jewish girls school in the world. (Eugene)
Rebitzen Rita Horowitz Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Northeast corner of 26th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue
Honoree: Rebitzen Rita Horowitz (1947-2008) was a supporter and volunteer at the Shore Parkway Jewish Center for nearly 30 years. Active in Jewish philanthropies, she also helped develop the Knit Esteem program which promotes self esteem activities for 10-14 year old girls.
Red Hook Heroes Run (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Smith Street and Lorraine Street
Honoree: This intersection commemorates five firemen killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Red Hook Lane: Heritage Trail (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersections of Dwight and Delavan Streets Dwight and Verona Streets Midpoint of Dwight Street between Verona and Walcott Streets Dwight and Wolcott Streets Richards and Wolcott Streets Van Brunt and Wolcott Streets Conover and Wolcott Streets Con
Honoree: These streets in Red Hook closely follow an old Indian trail called Red Hook Lane, which was used by George Washington and his Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, in particular the Battle of Brooklyn, at the time of the famous evacuation on August 29, 1776.
Reginald Nero’s Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:McKeever Place
Location:Between Montgomery Street and Empire Boulevard
Honoree: Reginald Nero (1920-2010) was one of the founders of Medgar Evers College and served on its Community Council. He started the Crown Heights Youth Institute, which provides organized recreation for youth
Rev. David M. Cory Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Avenue T
Location:Between East 14th Street and East 15th Street
Honoree: Rev. David M. Cory (1903-1996) was pastor of Homecrest Presbyterian Church for four decades and also pastor of Beverly Presbyterian Church in Flatbush. He had served for 29 years as pastor of Cuyler Presbyterian Church in Boerum Hill. Its congregation included many Mohawk Indians, whose language he learned. In the 1930s, Rev. Cory was a Socialist Party candidate for office, including Congress. He was also President of the Iceberg Athletic Club, whose members take mid-winter swims in the Atlantic.
Rev. Dr. Freddie M. Foy Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Ralph Avenue
Location:Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway
Honoree: Dr. Freddie Monroe Foy (1905-1995) was a community leader in Crown Heights. He was ordained in 1952 and became pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, which he served for 47 years.
Rev. Dr. William A. Jones Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:MacDonough Street
Location:Between Marcy Avenue and Lewis Avenue
Honoree: Rev. Dr. William A. Jones (1934-2006) was one of the first African-American students to graduate with honors and receive a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky. He went on to receive his Master’s from Crozer Theological Seminary. A noted civil rights activist, he was pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant for 43 years.
Rev. John B. Elliott Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Schaefer Street
Location:Between Broadway and Bushwick Avenue
Honoree: Rev. John B. Elliott (1927- 2004) founded the Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Bushwick in 1988. He chaired the board of directors for Bushwick Family Services, now known as the Family Services Network of New York.
Rev. Msgr. Bryan J. Karvelis Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Marcy Avenue
Location:Between Hewes and Hooper Streets
Honoree: Rev. Bryan J. Karvelis (1930-2005) led the Parish of the Transfiguration. He improved the community in a variety of ways, from his work in founding the Southside Mission to his help in opening Casa Betsaida, a residence for people infected with the AIDS virus,
Rev. R. D. Brown Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:St. Mark’s Avenue
Location:Eastern Parkway and East New York Avenue
Honoree: Randolph Brown (b. 1906), pastor of Mt. Ollie Baptist Church, became the most prominent pastor in Brownsville and was often called upon to resolve issues affecting Baptist Churches. In addition, his input was vital to the development of the Nehemiah Homes.
Rev. Wenceslao Martinez Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Williams Avenue and Hinsdale Street
Honoree: Wenceslao Martinez (1930-2011) worked at Dollcraft Company where he designed stuffed animals. He later started a business with his own creations of stuffed animals and employed hundreds of people in his community. After becoming a property owner he provided food and shelter for hundreds of homeless people in need and became a mentor to many people in his community. He was ordained as a pastor in 1973 and was affiliated with one of the first and largest Hispanic churches in East New York called the Roca De Salvacion for 45 years. In 2002, he established the pantry program at Las Maravillas del Exodo church. The food pantry continues to feed the hungry today. (Barron)
Reverend Arthur William Thomas Crayton, Jr. Drive (Brooklyn)
Present name:Hicks Street
Location:Between West 9th Street and Mill Street
Honoree: Reverend Arthur William Thomas Crayton, Jr. (1929-2005) was a minister of Mount Ollie Baptist Church where he also served on the Usher Board, Junior and Senior Deacon Board and was a member of the Choir. He served as a pastor for 35 years at Calvary Baptist Church of Red Hook.
Reverend Doctor Jeremiah Fennell Street (Brooklyn)
Present name:Moore Street
Location:Bushwick Avenue and White Street
Honoree: Jeremiah Fennell (1938-1998) became pastor of Mount Calvary Churchin 1966 and in 1978 was appointed Presiding Elder of Liberia, West Africa, where he organized 23 churches. (RGPR)
Reverend Dr. Hylton L. James Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bergen Street
Location:Ralph Avenue and Kingston Avenue
Honoree: Dr. James (1908-1978) was called to Brooklyn’s Berean Baptist Church in 1948. Under his leadership the greatly expanded congregation, now called the Berean Missionary Baptist Church opened its new building on Bergen Street in 1961.
Reverend John Pratt Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Clermont Avenue
Location:Between Myrtle Avenue and Willoughby Avenue
Honoree: The Rev. Dr. John L Pratt, Sr. was pastor of the Zion Shiloh Baptist Church for 30 years. A civic as well as a religious leader, he was at the forefront of efforts to ensure that the Fort Greene community remained a stronghold for affordable housing. Rev. Pratt was recording secretary for the Progressive National Baptist Convention; moderator of the New York Missionary Association, and president of the Brooklyn Council of Churches. He was also a member of the Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center Community Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of Community Board 2, the Cumberland Community Board, and the Fort Greene Support and Rescue Group. In 2002, on the 25th anniversary of his pastorate, his accomplishments were cited in the Congressional Record. (Cumbo)
Reverend Manuel T. Sanchez Corner (Brooklyn)
Location:At the Northwest corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street
Honoree: Reverend Manuel T. Sanchez (1907-1991) was the founding pastor of the Spanish Pentecostal Church in 1933, later renamed Antioch Pentecostal Church. He served as Senior Pastor for 56 years and was an inspiration to over 30 pastors who have served there.
Reverend Timothy White Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bergen Street
Location:Between 3rd Avenue and Nevins Street
Honoree: Reverend Timothy White (1871-1943) came to Brooklyn in 1888 and soon after allied himself with the Concord Sunday School. He also joined Holy Trinity Baptist Church, serving as Trustee and Chairman of the Board for six years. He was the first minister of his race to build a church in the Borough of Brooklyn with the construction of Bethel Baptist Church.
Richard A. Carabba Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bard Avenue
Location:Underneath Bard Avenue and the Northeast corner of Walnut Street
Honoree: Richard A. Carabba (b. 1951) wanted to be a Marine since he was a young boy. He entered the Marine Corps at the age of 17 after graduating from Curtis High School. He was killed in action on September 27, 1969 in Vietnam.
Richard Akbar Salahuddin Drive (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Williams Avenue and Riverdale Avenues
Honoree: Richard Akbar Salahuddin (1939-2009), a former convict, was president of the Williams/Riverdale Avenues Block Association and worked to keep drug dealers off of Williams Avenue. He was also a member of Community Board 5, ACORN, and the Reverend Al Sharpton’s organization.
Richard M. Caggiano 9-11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Northeast corner of 80th Street and 11th Avenue
Honoree: Richard M. Caggiano (b. 1976) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Richard Sherry Way (Brooklyn)
Location:The west side of Shore Road and 83rd Street
Honoree: Richard Sherry (d. 2008) was a Firefighter for over thirty years and an active union leader for members of the FDNY. He was very active in his community, participating in the 68th Precinct Youth Council for over 15 years by serving as a coach, indoor soccer commissioner, baseball director and treasurer.
Rita Blau Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 16th Avenue and Bath Avenue
Honoree: Rita Blau (b. 1949) worked for Fiduciary Trust International at the World Trade Center. She died in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Robert ?PH? Diaz Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Degraw Street
Location:Between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue
Honoree: Robert Diaz (1975-2015) was an influential artist in the indie-rap scene, best known for his 2005 album "Orange Moon Over Brooklyn.+ He was a mentor to young artists and a role model for neighborhood youth. He demonstrated his commitment to the neighborhood by organizing the Platform Charity event, a party organized at venues around the city that involved charitable collections of food, clothing and shoes. After his death, the event was re-named the PH Platform Charity, in homage to Rob?s rap name, ?Pumpkinhead.? After Superstorm Sandy, he hosted an event where all donations collected were given to families affected by the storm. (Lander)
Robert “Mr. Lou” Williams Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:West 33rd Street
Location:Between Surf Avenue and Mermaid Avenue
Honoree: Robert “Mr. Lou” Williams (1943-2007) was served as a mentor, teacher and friend to the youth of Coney Island for over 40 years.. He has had a direct impact on the lives of basketball greats Quincy Douby, Jamel Thomas and Stephon Marbury, whom he coached and mentored.
Robert “Pudgie” Walsh Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of East 36th Street and Avenue P
Honoree: Robert "Pudgie" Walsh died at 82 in 2016. After serving in the U.S Navy, he began a career with the New York City Fire Department, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. After his retirement from the FDNY in 1996, he became a full-time coach of the semi-pro Brooklyn Mariners football team. With 621 wins over 60 seasons, he won more games than any college or pro football coach in America. He was also one of the founders of the FDNY’s own football team, the Bravest, in 1972. The Bravest is a semi-pro football team, made up of FDNY members, whose games raises money for various charities. (Williams)
Robert F. Tipaldi 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 79th Street and 11th Avenue
Honoree: Robert F. Tipaldi (b. 1976) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Robert M. Buonvino Place (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of 83rd Street and 18th Avenue
Honoree: Robert M. Buonvino (d. 2009), a longtime civic leader, served on Community Board 10 and founded the preservation group Friends of Historic New Utrecht, which is dedicated to the preservation of the old New Utrecht Cemetery.
Robert Merrill Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Bay 28th Street
Location: Between Benson and Bath Avenues
Honoree: Robert Merrill (1917-2004) was a Brooklyn-born and bred opera singer. He gave over 500 performances at the Metropolitan Opera over a 30-year career.
Robert Scott Acito Parkhouse (Brooklyn)
Location:Existing parkhouse in Carroll Park, which park is bounded by Carroll Street, Court Street, President Street and Smith Street.
Honoree: Robert Scott Acito (1948-1993) was the District Manager of Community Board 6 from 1980 until his death. Previously, he had been assistant District Manager and then Director of the CB 6 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Under his leadership, the SYEP employed and motivated some 6,000 youths during the period from 1980 to 1990. His advocacy led to the establishment of new programs and services in the district including the Park Slope Neighborhood Family Center.
Roland Hill Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:East 14th Street
Location:Between Avenue X and Avenue Y
Honoree: Roland Hill (1907-2004) was a long-time member of Brooklyn Community Board 15 and an active elder in the Homecrest Presbyterian Church.
Ronald P. Kloepfer Place (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Essex Street and Sutter Avenue
Honoree: Ronald P. Kloepfer (b. 1961) was a member of the NYPD. He was killed on September 11, 2001 during rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Rosemarie O’ Keefe Way (Brooklyn)
Location:At the intersection of Bay Ridge Parkway and 5th Avenue
Honoree: Rosemarie O’ Keefe (1943-2009) was very active in Bay Ridge civic and political life. Under former Mayor Giuliani, she served as commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit.
Ruby Jacobs Walk (Brooklyn)
Present name:Stillwell Avenue
Location:East side of Stillwell Avenue between the Bowery and the Boardwalk
Honoree: Rubin “Ruby” Jacobs (1922-2000) was a lifelong resident of Coney Island, where he operated boardwalk bath houses and owned a series of popular bars and restaurants. He was a tireless advocate for Coney Island. His last establishment, Ruby’s Bar, is an unofficial museum with hundreds of photos of Coney Island in its heyday.
Russell D. Ramsey Memorial Triangle (Brooklyn)
Location:South side of Empire Boulevard and Washington Avenue
Honoree: Russell D. Ramsey (1929-1992) joined the NYFD as a Fire Alarm Dispatcher and was the first African American to be promoted to Chief Dispatcher. He was also an expert on firehouse history and architecture, and served on advisory committees of the New York Fire Museum and the Brooklyn Historical Society.
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