NYC Honorary Street Names

"S" Honorary Streets: Brooklyn

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S. Anesta Samuel Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Layafette Avenue
Location:Between Waverly and St. James Place
Honoree: Ms. Samuel (1917-2004) originally from Panama, she started a very successful line of women’s beauty products and became one of Panama’s leading businesswomen. When she moved to New York, she graduated from an American high school and went on to receive a BA and MA in early childhood education. Throughout her life, she was involved in her church, Emanuel Baptist.
Saint Juan Diego Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:15th Avenue
Location:Between 72nd Street and 73rd Street
Honoree: Saint Juan Diego (1474-1548), a Mexican Indian peasant, participated in the miracle of Guadalupe. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002.
Salvatore (Sal) D’Amato Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:East side of 5th Avenue
Location:Between 94th Street and 95th Street
Honoree: Salvatore D’Amato (1931-2014), an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, was a civic leder in Bay Ridge. He was involved with Bay Ridge on the Move, The Ragamuffin Parade, the Advocates for the Blind and Handicapped, the Ben-Bay Kiwannis Club, the Guild for Exceptional Children, Heart Share Human Services and many other charitable organizations. He was the owner of Harbor View Car Service , which was known for giving free service to troops at Ft. Hamilton and senior citizens at the Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults. He was the recipient of numerous awards and citations for his outstanding community service. (Gentile)
Sarah and Michoel Behrman Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Carroll Street
Location:Between Brooklyn Avenue and New York Avenue
Honoree: Sarah Behrman (d. 2013) was an educator and advocate for the less fortunate. She worked for Hebrew Academy For Special Children, the Jewish educational and clinical social service agency for people with special needs. In addition to using the resources available from HASC, she worked with State and City agencies and other community resources to insure that those for whom she was advocating were able to lead the most productive lives possible. Sarah was also involved in many other Crown Heights organizations and community activities. Working with Mechon Chana Institute for Women, a diverse educational program for women, Keren Simchas Chosson V’Kallah, which underwrites wedding expenses for needy couples in Crown Heights, she wrote, directed and performed in many musical comedies that gave great delight to women and girls in the community and raised money for their causes. After her passing in June 2013, HASC established an annual award in her name. A short documentary, "To Catch a Star," was made about Sarah by a local filmmaker, Yanky Ascher. It provides a glimpse into Sarah Behrman's life at HASC. Michoel Behrman was a civic activist and substance abuse counselor. He founded Operation Survival, a drug prevention program and saved hundreds of lives. In the aftermath of the riots in Crown Heights in 1991, he helped organize emergency committee meetings and events working to protect the residents. (Cumbo)
Sarah Virginia Kennedy Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of West 20th Street and Mermaid Avenue
Honoree:  Sarah Virginia Kennedy (1940-2018) worked for the New York City Housing Authority and a federally funded poverty program before she became a social health technician in psychology at Coney Island Hospital. There she became involved with DC 37 and Local 420 union. She became Local 420’s Chapter Chairperson and helped prevent the closing of Coney Island Hospital by then Mayor Rudolph Guiliani. She was the first woman to be elected Executive Vice President for DC 37, Local 420. She was instrumental in community efforts to secure affordable housing, create anti-poverty programs, provide jobs and recreational opportunities for youth, and improve health care. (Treyger)
Saul Bruckner Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:East 17th Street
Location:Between Avenue L and Avenue M
Honoree: Saul Bruckner (1933-2010) had a 47 year teaching career. In 1974 he became the first principal of Edward R. Murrow High School, which he led for 30 years. He was an innovator in curriculum and instruction, a motivator in staff development and a believer in his students ability to succeed.
School Settlement Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Jackson Street
Location:Between Manhattan Avenue and Leonard Street
Honoree: Founded as School Settlement Association in 1901 and incorporated under that name in 1906, the organization was housed at 148 Jackson Street. In 1914, aided by a generous donation from Ms. Elvia Zabriskie it moved to its present building at 120 Jackson Street. Its programs are designed to supplement the education local youth receive in public school. They include homework help, arts and crafts, computer instruction, literacy and structured recreation.
Senator Christopher J. Mega Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 80th Street and 10th Avenue
Honoree: Christopher Mega (1930-2011) served in the New York State Assembly for the 50th Assembly District from 1973 to 1978 and also served in the New York State Senate from 1979 to 1982 and 1985 to 1993. He was appointed by then-Governor Pataki as chief judge of the State Court of Claims. He was an activist in Bay Ridge and served in the Dyker Heights Civic Association and the Bay Ridge Lions Club. He was responsible for bringing the first pre-K programs to Community School District 20. (Gentile)
Sergeant Rodney C. Gillis Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:New Montrose Avenue
Location:Between Broadway and Union Avenue
Honoree: Sergeant Rodney C. Gillis (b. 1967) died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Seth Kushner Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Hubbard Street and Avenue Z
Honoree: Seth Kushner (1974-2015), a Brooklyn native, graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School where he learned the art of photography. After earning a bachelor's degree at the School of Visual Arts,, he became a freelance photographer specializing in portraiture. His work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, The Hollywood Reporter, BusinessWeek, Sports Illustrated, L’Uomo Vogue, and in galleries around the world. He went on to co-write and photograph two acclaimed books, The Brooklynites, an in-depth look at the people and places of his hometown, and Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics. He spent six years creating the semi-autobiographical webcomic SCHMUCK, with 22 of the biggest artists in the world of indie comics. (Treyger & Deutsch)
Seven In Heaven Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Richards Street and Seabring Street
Honoree: This intersection commemorates seven firefighters killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Sgt. Bobby Mendez Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of S. 10th Street and Bedford Avenue
Honoree: Army 1st Sgt. Bobby Mendez was assigned to the 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He was killed in the line of duty on April 27, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. (Levin)
LL:L.L. 2016/23
Sgt. Joseph Otto Behnke Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Prospect Avenue
Location:Between 6th and 7th Avenues
Honoree: Joseph Otto Behnke (1958-2004) served with the U. S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division from 1976 to 1980. He continued his service to his country and military counterparts by working at the downtown Manhattan Veterans Affairs hospital. He also stared a general contracting company called American Way Construction, Inc.
Sgt. Kimel L. Watt Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Hemlock Street
Location:Between Blake Avenue and Dumont Avenue
Honoree: Sgt. Kimel L. Watt (1985-2007), who was born in the West Indies, served in the U.S. Armyin Iraqi Campaign Medal Patch for participating in Operation Iraq. He was killed when an explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
Sgt. Nicholas Aleman Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Manhattan Avenue
Location:Between Java Street and Green Street
Honoree: Sgt. Nicholas Aleman (1986 – 2010) joined the Marine Corps in August 2004. After a previous tour of duty in Iraq he was deployed to Afghanistan, where he was killed in the line of duty near the border of Pakistan.
Shakila Yasmin & Nurul Haque Miah 9-11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Southeast corner of 3rd Avenue and Ovington Avenue
Honoree: Shakila Yasmin (b. 1975) and Nurul Haque Miah (b. 1966), who both worked at Marsh & McLennan, were killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Shannon Marie Fava Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:77th Street
Location:Between 15th Avenue and 16th Avenue
Honoree: Shannon Marie Fava (b. 1971) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Sharon Mary Pascale Field (Brooklyn)
Present name:Ballfield No. 4
Location:Dyker Park
Honoree: Sharon Pascale was a special education teacher at P.S. 225 in Brooklyn. She was also a member of the New York Sharks, a women’s professional football team, a volunteer softball coach at Moore Catholic High School in Staten Island, and a member of professional groups in the fields of special education and physical education. Sharon Pascale was killed in a car accident on December 24, 2001.
Shawn Powell Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Concord Street
Location:Between Gold Street and Navy Street
Honoree: Shawn Powell was appointed to the FDNY on October 14, 1996 and was assigned to Engine Company 207 in Brooklyn. He died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Sheila Nelson Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of East 21st Street and Emmons Avenue
Honoree: Sheila Nelson (1945-2008) was a community activist and educator for over 34 years. She was a special education teacher, a Dean at Boody Junior High School, a Teacher Trainer, headed the Gifted Program in District 21, and was Coordinator of the Sigma Program and the Director of the Family College at Kingsborough Community College.
Shirley Chisholm Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of Park Place and Kingston Avenue
Honoree: Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) was a New York State Assemblywoman and later the first African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. She served from 1969 to 1983. In 1972 she became the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Sidney Jonas Bandshell (Brooklyn)
Present name:Asser Levy Park
Location:[Park is at Surf Avenue and Ocean Parkway in Coney Island]
Honoree: Sidney Jonas (1904-1994) was a labor organizer in the shoe, automobile and airline industries. He also devoted many years to successful efforts to attract musical talent to this bandshell. (RGPR)
Sister Jane Talbot Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:East 4th Street
Location:Between Avenue W and Gravesend Neck Road
Honoree: Sister Jane Talbot (d. 2009) began her career as a teacher and found herself drawn to a life mission of serving the poor, sick, and needy. In 1956, she made her final vows as a Sister of Mercy and joined the Pastoral Ministry of Our Lady of Grace Church where she fed thousands of hungry families. She also collected clothes for the poor and visited the sick in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices.
Sister Mary Franciscus Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:27th Street
Location:Between 4th and 5th Avenues
Honoree: Sister Mary Franciscus (d. 2005) was the Chairperson of the Youth Committee of Brooklyn Community Board 7, where she was instrumental in developing Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), a comprehensive job training/placement program and GED program for underprivileged youth.
Sister Mary Geraldine Tobis Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:43rd Street
Location:Between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue
Honoree: Sister Mary Geraldine Tobis (1940-2000){corr fm Tobia}gave years of service to the children, families, and newly arrived immigrants in Brooklyn. She was Project Director for the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Program Coordinator for the Family Reception Center in Park Slope, member of the Board of Directors for Saving Families for Children and the Literacy Volunteers of New York City, as well as many other family and social welfare organizations.
Sister Mary Marcellus Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Hooper Street
Location:Between Marcy Avenue and Harrison Avenue
Honoree: Sister Mary Anne Marcellus, a Sister of St. Joseph, served Transfiguration Parish as a teacher for 23 and then as Principal for 17 years until the school closed in 2005. 
Sister Peggy Walsh Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of Hewes St. and Marcy Ave.
Honoree: Sister Peggy Walsh (1934-2019) joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1952 and in 1959 began teaching at Transfiguration Parish. She taught 7th and 8th grade there for the next 60 years. She managed the summer program for recreation, education and spiritual growth and also helped establish an after-school program and community daycare center called Nuestros Ninos. She organized and participated in street clean-ups and rent strikes to call attention to tenants’ rights. She founded the Immigration Program of the Southside Community Mission, which was recognized by the Federal Board of Immigration and Appeals of the U.S. Department of Justice, and provided legal counseling and assistance yearly to thousands of immigrants going through the legalization process throughout the City. She also assisted Central Americans during the 1980s by providing training sessions and workshops so that people could benefit from the Amnesty Program established in 1986. (Reynoso and Levin)
Sisters of St. Joseph Boulevard (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection 60th Street and 6th Avenue
Honoree: The Sisters of St. Joseph werecelebrating 100 years of service to the Sunset Park Community through their work at the Elementary School of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The school was founded by the Redemptionists in 1904 and has been staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph ever since.
Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:41st Street
Location:Between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 10th Avenue
Honoree: No data.
Sofia Vinokurov & Mark Rakhman Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of Brighton Beach Avenue and Brighton 2nd Street
Honoree: Sofia Vinokurov and Mark Rakhman were siblings who came to America from Odessa, Ukraine in the early 1970s. As early Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union, they planted the seeds of the present thriving Russian-Jewish community in the Brighton Beach neighborhood. By establishing its largest Russian American grocery store, they made Brighton Beach a destination for many people. With time, they also established the largest Russian restaurant in the US, “National.” In 1978 they, along with other local merchants, developed one of the city's first business improvement districts (BID), the Brighton Beach BID. It helped to address major issues in the area, and develop a flourishing business strip. As leaders in the community for decades, they’ve made their mark throughout Brighton Beach by providing social services before many current organizations in the area were established, They also helped many immigrants to settle into their new community by providing monetary and employment assistance. (Deutsch)
Sonny Ressel Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:Avenue F
Location:Between McDonald Avenue and Dahill Road
Honoree: William “Sonny” Ressel (1932-1999) and his family were active members of the Ocean Parkway Jewish Center for many years and he became a member of its Board. He was also a member and later co-president of the New Kensington Neighborhood Association (NKNA). He helped with the organization’s recycling efforts before New York City had recycling laws and he worked with the 66th and 76th Police Precincts to protect the Kensington community until his death.
LL:2001/ 60
Specialist Rasheed Sahib Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Woodbine Street and Irving Avenue
Honoree: Rasheed Sahib (1981-2003) was born in Berbice, Guyana, and moved to Brooklyn in 1988. After finishing high school, he found his true calling and decided to become an FBI Agent so he enlisted in the United States Army in 2000. He was assigned to the 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas. He re-enlisted in the Army in early 2003, and was assigned to Balad, northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. On May 18, 2003, he was killed accidentally by another U.S. Soldier during a routine rifle cleaning in the barracks. The Defense Department’s investigation report determined that the shooting was an accident and no charges were brought against the other soldier. Rasheed Sahib was awarded the United States Army Bronze Star Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the New York State Senate Liberty Award (Espinal, Jr.)
Sr. Helen Patrick Howley Street (Brooklyn)
Present name:Berry St
Location:Bounded by South 2nd Street and South 3rd Street.
Honoree: Sr. Helen Patrick Howley (1933-1994), a Brooklyn native, joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1952. From 1961 to 1968, she taught high school in Puerto Rico while earning a bachelor's degree at the Catholic University. Returning to Brooklyn, she taught at St. Joseph's HS and became head of its Spanish Department. In 1978, she became principal of SS. Peter and Paul Parochial School. Fluent in Spanish, she had a warm relationship with Hispanic parents and was also an outspoken leader on community issues in Williamsburg.
St. Brendan Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Avenue O
Location:Between East 12th Street and East 13th Street
Honoree: St. Brendan’s has been serving the Midwood community of Brooklyn as a Roman Catholic Church since 1907 as a place of worship, education and housing.
St. Ephrem’s Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Bay Ridge Parkway and Ft. Hamilton Parkway
Honoree:  This co-naming commemorates the 100th Anniversary of St. Ephrem Catholic Academy. It has has educated tens of thousands of students, hosts numerous social and community events and participates in food donations, clothing drives and outreach. (Brannan)
St. Mary Star of the Sea Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Court Street
Location:Between Nelson Street and Luquer Street
Honoree: This designation marked the church’s 150th year The parish was created by Archbishop John Hughes to serve a new population in South Brooklyn and Red Hook, mostly immigrant laborers drawn by the shipping boom on the docks of Erie Basin and Gowanus Canal. The cornerstone of the church was laid on July 17, 1853 and dedicated on April 29, 1855 by Bishop Bacon.
St. Patrick's Plaza (Brooklyn)
Present name:4th Avenue
Location:95th Street and 97th Street
Honoree: In honor of St . Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, located at 9411 4th Avenue.
St. Raphael of Brooklyn Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:State Street
Location:Between Hoyt Street and Bond Street
Honoree: Raphael Hawaweeny (1860-1915) was the first Orthodox bishop consecrated in North America in 1904. He founded The Word, the official news magazine of the Antiochian Archdiocese, which continues to be published monthly. It informs readers of Orthodox news, and also educates and inspires with articles on faith and practice. He traveled throughout the United States. He founded thirty parishes in North America as well as a cathedral in Brooklyn’s Little Syria. In 2000, he was Glorified as a saint by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America and has thenceforth been known as St. Raphael of Brooklyn. His feast day is celebrated in the Antiochian Archdiocese on the first Saturday of November. (Levin)
St. Vincent’s Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Boerum Place
Location:Between State Street and Atlantic Avenue
Honoree: St. Vincent’s Services was founded in Brooklyn in 1869 as an orphanage. Since then, it has expanded its mission to become a multi-service agency for children and families. It has locations in all five boroughs as well as Long Island, Westchester, Orange and Sullivan Counties.
Stephen J. Solarz Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of East 17th Street and Kings Highway
Honoree: Stephen J. Solarz (1940-2010) served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1993.  Although mindful of local issues, he is best remembered for his role in Asian and Pacific Affairs, particularly in distancing the U.S. from the corrupt Phillipine regime of Ferdinand Marcos.
Steve Halfon Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Kings Highway and East 2nd Street
Honoree: Steve Halfon (1950-2011) was a beloved local small businessman who was brutally murdered in an armed robbery. Operating on Kings Highway in Brooklyn for 35 years, he sold clothing and then coins. In the clothing business, he deeply discounted the suits he sold to young rabbinical students, made charitable donations to Israel, and to people attending funerals or going on job interviews. For many of his lower income customers, he threw in free shirts or ties with the purchase of a new suit. In the coin business, he regularly bought coins at little or no profit from people who were selling theirs in times of need. He also set up a free coin incentive program with a local school, giving troubled students more reason to succeed and the opportunity to develop a new collecting hobby and lifelong interest. He was a longtime active member and volunteer with Midwood Civic Action, now the largest organization of senior citizens in southern Brooklyn. (Greenfield)
Sue Amendola Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Van Brunt Street
Location:Between King Street and Sullivan Street
Honoree: Sue Amendola (d. 2017) was an active member of the Red Hook Community for over 70 years. She held leadership positions in the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW NY Post 5195, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, and the Red Hook Civic Association. She led efforts to close a number of environmentally damaging garbage transfer stations in the 1980s and '90s. She successfully fought to get several traffic lights installed on Van Brunt Street and helped get Red Hook’s first bank to open on Lorraine Street. She was very active in getting support for the Red Hook 197A plan, which was eventually approved by Community Board 6 in June 1994. Along with her sister, she decorated Red Hook streets for decades during Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, among others. (Menchaca)
Susannah Mushatt Jones Avenue (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Vandalia Avenue and Louisiana Avenue
Honoree: Susannah Mushatt Jones (July 6, 1899 – May 12, 2016) was at her death the world's oldest person and the last living American verified to have been born before 1900. Born in Alabama, she graduated from the Calhoun Boarding School, founded by Booker T. Washington. After relocating to New York, she was active in her community. She served on the Vandalia Senior Housing Tenant Patrol for over 21 years and remained on the tenant patrol board until the age of 100. (Barron)
Suzanne Geraty 9/11 Memorial Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of 94th Street and Gelston Avenue
Honoree: Suzanne Geraty (b. 1971) worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Syl Williamson Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of Nostrand Avenue and Park Place
Honoree: Syl Williamson was a longtime community activist, a businessman and an African-American historian. He was considered an inspiration to young people in his community.

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