NYC Honorary Street Names

"B" Honorary Streets: The Bronx

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Bangla Bazaar (Bronx)
Present name:Starling Avenue
Location:Between Castle Hill Avenue and Unionport Road
Honoree: Bangla Bazaar, which means Bangla Mall in the Bangladeshi language. The name honors the growth of the Bangladeshi community along Starling Avenue which offers Bangladeshi retail and food establishments contributing to the fusion of culture in the Bronx.
Basil Behagen Playground (Bronx)
Present name:Forest Playground
Location:Bounded by 166th Street, Union Avene and Tinton Avenue.
Honoree: Basil Auguranaldo Behagen (1927-1993), who was born in the Virgin Islands, worked as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the NYC Board of Education and was on the Advisory Board of Lincoln Hospital. An active member of Bronx Community Board 3, he chaired its Parks and Recreation Committee for 6 years and its Cultural Committee for 3 years. He organized an anuual neighborhood reunion at Forest Houses and ran annual basketball and baseball tournements at Forest Playground.
Basil Paterson Boulevard (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 195th Street and Reservoir Avenue
Honoree: Basil Paterson (1926-2014), after service in World War II, earned a law degree, entered politics and was elected a state senator in 1965. In 1978, Mayor Ed Koch named hims deputy mayor for labor negotiations, a post he held until being named secretary of state by Gov. Hugh Carey. He was the first African-American in that post, in which he served until 1982. Later a labor lawyer, he watched his son, Governor David Paterson climb the political ladder from state senator, to lieutenant governor and then to governor. (Cabrera)
Beatrice Castiglia Catullo Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Morris Park Avenue and Matthews Avenue
Honoree: Beatrice Castiglia Catullo (1916-2018) was a humanitarian and nurse who devoted her life to charity work. She helped build a chapel for the Sister Servants of Mary; organized and became the first president of the Parkchester chapter of Cancer Care Inc.; and founded the Medical Mission Aid Center at St. Raymonds Parish. In 1964, she founded a home attendant service for the elderly being discharged from hospitals without proper home care. In 1965, she incorporated and named this organization Regional Aid for Interim Needs R.A.I.N., which has since become one of the largest non-profit social services agency in the Bronx. R.A.I.N. was awarded its first government contract by the NYC Department for the Aging in 1975. She was the first female inducted into the Rotary Club of the Bronx, which in 2016 created an award in her honor called the Beatrice Castiglia Catullo Award. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Mercy College. (Gjonaj)
Ben and Dotty Abrams Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Holland Avenue, Antin Avenue and Bronxdale Avenue
Honoree: Dorothy (1910- 2003) and Benjamin (1907-1984) Abrams lived in the Pelham Parkway area for more than 60 years and ran a luncheonette that was a local gathering place. Both were active members of local civic and charitable groups.
Big Punisher Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Grand Concourse and West Fordham Road
Honoree:  Christopher Lee Rios (1971-2000), better known as Big Pun, was a rapper from the Bronx. His album Capital Punishment reached No. 1 on the hip-R&B charts and was the first Latino solo rapper to go platinum. In his short career, he developed a substantial fan base and became a hero to the Puerto Rican community. When he died, thousands of fans attended his wake in the Bronx and a mural about him was painted on a building in his neighborhood. (Cabrera)
Bill Finger Way (Bronx)
Present name:192nd Street
Location:Between Grand Concourse and Valentine Avenue
Honoree: Bill Finger (1914-1974) was an American comic strip and comic book writer who was best known for co-creating the character Batman with Bob Kane of DC Comics. He also wrote many of the original Green Lantern stories. Comic-Con International established the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing, which is given annually to two recipients, one living, one deceased who have produced significant bodies of work. Bill Finger lived in the Bronx during the Great Depression and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1933. (Torres) [See also "Gotham City Honors One of Its Own" NYT 17 Dec 2017]
Bill Twomey Place (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Revere Avenue and Dill Place
Honoree: Bill Twomey (1941-2014) wrote nine books on Bronx History and over 1,000 "Do You Remember" columns for the Bronx Times Reporter. He was the founder and president of the East Bronx History Forum, which gave new life to the Huntington Free Library. He was active on the Throggs Neck-Zerega Community Advisory Council, the Throggs Neck-Soundview Mental Health Board and the Throggs Neck Homeowners Association. When the Ferry Point landfill closed, he suggested that a golf course be built there. He was the founding editor of the City Island Power Squadron newsletter, vice-President of the Gethsememe Retreat League and Commander of the St. Frances de Chantal Sea Cadets. (Vacca)
Bishop Ceacer Gooding Road (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Macombs Road and West Mount Eden Avenue
Honoree: Ceacer Gooding (1931-2014) served in the U.S. Army and was later employed by the United States Postal Service. He attended the Manhattan Bible Institute and in 1958, was ordained as an Elder at Washington Temple COGIC. He served as Junior Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and then Pastor of the Gospel Temple Church of America in New York City. In 1969, he and his wife founded Miracle Revival Center Church in Harlem, however, the congregation grew so much that they relocated to the Bronx. He was consecrated to the Bishopric in 1984 and became known as the “Radio Preacher” for 19 years. He was a popular guest speaker and counselor, and the recipient of numerous awards. (Gibson)
Bishop Francisco Garmendia Place (Bronx)
Present name:Crotona Parkway
Location:Between Elsmere Place and East 176th Street
Honoree: Bishop Francisco Garmendia (1924-2005) was the first Hispanic bishop to serve the archdiocese of New York and was pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas parish in the Bronx for a quarter century. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Center.
Bishop J. Arthur Jones Place (Bronx)
Present name:Jefferson Place
Location:Between Boston Road and Franklin Avenue
Honoree: Bishop J. Arthur Jones was the founder and served for over 30 years as the Pastor of Temple Emmanuel on Boston Road in The Bronx. At the time of his death, he was also serving as the head of the United Church of God in Christ in the United States of America and Africa. Bishop Jones was a prolific writer, composer, singer and pianist. He was also a founding member of The Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corporation.
Bishop Michel White Way (Bronx)
Present name:White Plains Road
Location:Between 233rd Street and 234th Street
Honoree:  Bishop Michel White (1949-2020) was the founder and pastor of the Cathedral at Greater Faith. She served the Bronx community for over 30 years. She worked tirelessly to support less fortunate members in the community by hosting an annual Thanksgiving food drive, an annual coat drive, created a prison ministry, annual back to school rally, conducted neighborhood health fairs, toy drives for children, provided drug rehabilitation program, free concerts for the community, provided immigrants with immigration lawyers, visited the sick in hospitals, taught children how to sing and play instruments and worked closely with the NYPD for the safety of the community. In 2017, she gave the Opening Prayer for the New York State Assembly in Albany. She was a member of the Fresh Winds Ministry Alliance, Presiding Prelate of the Churches of the Living God and served on the Executive Council and later became the First Assistant to the Presiding Prelate. (Cohen)
Bishop Robert Green Way (Bronx)
Present name:3rd Avenue
Location:Between 171st Street and St. Pauls Place
Honoree:  Robert Green (1927-1995) founded the Holy Tabernacle Church in a small storefront in 1965. Over the years, the church expanded with a membership of 150 people. He was ordained a Bishop by Bishop Bassnight of the Redeemed Church in 1973. The Holy Tabernacle Church has four generations of members and has been in the same location for 49 years. The church provides services and outreach programs such as a weekly food pantry, clothing and furniture distribution, mobile lunch program, computer training, counseling and job referrals among many other services. In May 2015 it will celebrate its 50th anniversary. (Gibson)
Bishop Wenzell P. Jackson Place (Bronx)
Present name:Nelson Avenue
Location:Between West 167th Street and West 168th Street
Honoree: Wenzell P. Jackson was pastor of the Mount Hermon Baptist Church and a civic leader in the Highbridge area until his death in 2013 at age 47. He was chair of Community Board 4; vice chair of the 44th Precinct Clergy Coalition; and chair and founder of the Highbridge Clergy Coalition. As chair of the CB 4 Parks Committee, he oversaw the program to replace park facilities displaced by construction of the new Yankee Stadium. He also organized CB4s Community That Cares Campaign, a quality of life initiative that involved obtaining a new Middle School for Highbridge; protests against the concentration of homeless shelters in the district; a Stop the Violence Initiative; and a Gun Buy Back program. (Greenfield).
Bishop William J. Robinson Place (Bronx)
Present name:Washington Avenue
Location:Between East 176th Street and East Tremont Avenue
Honoree: Bishop William J. Robinson (1933-2004) founded the Garden of Prayer Cathedral and served as its pastor for forty-two years. He also served as president of the Bronx Shepard Restoration Corporation, a very successful housing development and advocacy organization.
Blanche Comras Rifkin Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Pelham Parkway South and Bogart Avenue
Honoree: Blanche Comras Rifkin (1916-2015) was an active member of Community Board 11, served on the Einstein and Jacobi Medical Center Advisory Boards, the Pelham Parkway Citizens Council, P.S. 105 Parents Association, the Ruth Kurzon Group for Handicap Children and served on the boards of the Pelham Parkway Jewish Center, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Bronx House and the UJA Federation. (Gjonaj)
Brandon Hendricks-Ellison Boulevard (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Park Avenue and East 156th Street
Honoree: Brandon Hendricks-Ellison (2002-2020) was killed a week after he graduated from Metropolitan Soundview High School. He was the victim of random gun violence at a party. He was a star athlete on his high school basketball team and had earned a scholarship to St. John’s University. A vigil was held in the Bronx after his death to protest gun violence and honor his life. As a result of his death, his family, along with local politicians and activists called for justice and change. (Gibson)
Bronx Science Boulevard (Bronx)
Present name:205th Street
Location:Between Goulden Avenue and Paul Avenue
Honoree: This co-naming honors the Bronx High School of Science, which has been located on this block since 1959. Founded in 1938, the school has consistently ranked as one of the top high schools in the United States. Its alumni include eight Nobel Prize winners. (Cohen)
Bronx Walk of Fame Way (Bronx)
Present name:Grand Concourse
Location:Between East 150th and East 161st Streets.
Honoree: This 1997 designation was part of the 25th anniversary of Bronx Week. The Walk of Fame features medallions, hung from lampposts, commemorating famous Bronxites.
Burton Schoenbach Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Creston Avenue and Fordham Road
Honoree: Burton Schoenbach (1929-2015), a textile executive, served on numerous state boards and commissions but was primarily known as an advocate for prison reform. As a member of an investigative commission set up in the aftermath of the 1971 Attica tragedy, he was outspoken about the need to improve prison conditions. He exposed corruption and misconduct of guards in their treatment of inmates. He was on the board of the Urban Economic Development Corporation; a member of the NYS Police Trooper Foundation Advisory Committee; and chairperson of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Half-Way House for the United States Southern District of New York. He notably created a program using inmate labor to build a community center, a first in New York State. He was recognized by the New York State Senate for 30 years of service to the State. (Cabrera)

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