NYC Honorary Street Names

"J" Honorary Streets: The Bronx

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J.W. Smith Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location: Southeast corner of Mickle Avenue and Givan Avenue
Honoree: John Smith (1948-2017) joined Grace Baptist Church in 1995, and served in many positions of responsibility. In March 2005 he was ordained into the Grace Deaconsí Ministry and served multiple terms as President of the Menís Ministry. He was a charter member of the Menís Choir and the Peace Keepers; a member of the Laymenís Unified Missionary Baptist Association; as well as an active member of the Usherís Ministry, the Veteranís Ministry, and President of the Transportation Ministry. In this position, he coordinated transportation for disabled and elderly members, and served as a driver and youth advisor during the Youthís Midnight Run, driver for the Annual Sunday School Retreat, as well as the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention. For several years, he recruited members for the Annual Toy Drive, and was Spiritual Advisor for the Station of Hope (Prison) Ministry. He served on the boards of the Ujamaa Community Development Corporation; two foundations; and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a group of volunteers trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response. He was also active in the 47th Precinct Community Council. (King)
Jahi Williams-Simmons Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:Intersections of Newbold Avenue with Virginia Avenue and with the Cross Bronx Expressway Service Road
Honoree: Jahi Williams-Simmons (1952-2013) was the co-founder and chair of Survival Instinct-The Network, Inc. (SITNET), a not-for-profit organization that promotes cancer awareness, early detection and screening. He introduced ďOur Personal Care,Ē which provided those in need with transportation to and from cancer screening appointments. He was responsible for the first organized annual cancer walk in the Bronx and was instrumental in the inaugural childrenís cancer walk. He also founded A.L.I.A., where he gave guitar lessons and taught youth about the arts (Palma)
Jamaica Progressive League Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Dyre Avenue and Light Street
Honoree:  The Jamaica Progressive League (JPL) was formed in 1936 by progressive Jamaican men and women residing in New York City who wanted to change the social and political landscape of Jamaica. (King)
James V. Downey Way (Bronx)
Present name:Mosholu Avenue
Location:Between West 254th Street and West 256th Street
Honoree: James V. Downey, a 40-year employee of the FBI, founded and led the North Riverdale Baseball League, a model for youth baseball and softball programs in the Bronx and elsewhere.
Jerrold Windman Path (Bronx)
Present name:Van Cortlandt Ave East
Location:Bounded by East Mosholu Parkway North and East Mosholu Parkway South
Honoree: Mr. Windman (1935-1994) was the long-time Deputy Director of Labor Relations for the New York Fire Department. Within his community he was on the public safety committee of Community Board 7, served in the Auxiliary Police for 31 years, helped organize tenant associations, coached the Mosholu-Jerome Junior Baseball League, and was active in the Decatur Democratic Club.
Jewish War Veterans of the USA and Ladies Auxiliary (Bronx)
Present name:Pelham Parkway South
Location:Between White Plains Road and Cruger Avenue
Honoree: The Jewish War Veterans of the USA was founded in 1896. I replaced the former Hebrew Union Veterans, which had been formed to protect the civil rights of Jewish soldiers of the Civil War. As of 1994, the JWV had 50,000 members nationwide including 1,000 in the Bronx. Its Ladies Auxiliaries had 25,000 members nationwide with 600 in the Bronx.
Joanne Webb-Dixon Way (Bronx)
Present name:Trinity Avenue
Location:Between East 161st Street and East 163rd Street
Honoree: Joanne Webb-Dixon (1944-2017) had been a member of Bronx Community Board 3 since 2003 and was chair of its Health Committee.† She also served on the Usher Board, United Methodist Women, and the Port Washington Community Partnership Board of Directors.† She was a member of the Tried Stone Baptist Church and served as a Trustee, Church Controller, and on the Political Action Committee. She later served on the Steward Board and the Health Ministry at Christ Church.† She was active in the Parkchester Branch of the NAACP, SDFSCA Community School District Twelve Advisory Council , the Big Brother/Big Sister Program, the Taino Lions Club, the Woodstock Terrace Board of Directors. She was also Vice President of the NYPD 42nd Precinct Community Council Inc. and an active supporter of the Williamsbridge Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Womenís Clubs, Inc. (Gibson)
Joanne Webb-Dixon Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the southeast corner of Trinity Avenue and 161st Street
Honoree: Joanna Webb Dixon (d. 2017) was well known for her advocacy as Chairerson of the Health and Human Services Committee of a member of Community Board 3, a participant in the 42nd Precinct Community Council, and a founding member of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Bronx CERT 3. She joined the Bronx 3 team in 2007, serving as deputy team chief until her death. Her accomplishments led to the annual Joanne Webb-Dixon NYC Cert Ambassador Award for community service. Each spring, NYC Emergency Management will present the award in Joanne‚Äôs honor to the CERT team that shows exemplary service in preparing communities for emergencies through education and resiliency. The Bronx 3 CERT team serves Claremont Village, Concourse Village, Crotona Park, Morrisania, Woodstock, and Melrose. Ms. Webb-Dixon was also active in the Parkchester Branch of the NAACP; the Community School District Twelve Advisory Council; the Big Brother/Big Sister Program; the Taino Lions Club; South East Bronx Neighborhood Centers (SEBNC); and numerous other civic and community organizations. (Gibson)
Joe Blandino Way (Bronx)
Present name:Bogart Avenue
Location:Between Morris Park Avenue and Van Nest Avenue
Honoree: Joe Blandino (1964-2018), widely known as Big Joe, was an alumnus of Iona Preparatory School class of 1982. He earned his Bachelorís degree in Political Science in 1991. His family lived in the Bronx until they moved to Florida when he was 17 years old. While in Florida, he worked at the family-owned Expresso Pizzeria, was a part of the Treasure Coast Opera Society, and coached football at John Carrol High School. When he was 23, he moved back to the Bronx where he was a well-known photographer and video editor for Martone Brothersí Photography for over 30 years. He was very involved in his childrenís schooling, playing Santa Claus every year at their school during Christmas, volunteered with the drama club, was a member and president of the Fatherís Club, and volunteered as a chef for school barbecues and other charity events. He was also a member and served as an umpire for the Bronx Umpire Alliance, was a member of the Italian-American Club, the Morris Park Association, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Kiwanis Club and also volunteered at Calvary Hospital. (Gjonaj)
Joe DeSimone Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Middletown Road and Stadium Avenue
Honoree: Joseph Thomas DeSimone (1955-2020), born in the South Bronx, attended Blessed Sacrament School and Cardinal Hayes H. S.. He was a gifted athlete and from childhood filled his days with basketball, football, and baseball. Joe took his passion for youth sports to Cardinal Spellman H.S., where he coached both junior varsity and varsity football, leading his team to two A Division City Championships in 2006 and 2008 and joining the Catholic High School Football League Board of Governors. In 2015, he returned to the Warriors, and served three more years as League President. He also initiated a free youth training clinic, open to all children of the community. Each spring, more than 100 children participate in this free program , dedicated to ‚Äėtaking children back outdoors for fitness and fun.In 2018, he was inducted into the Spellman H.S. Hall of Fame, honored for his years of youth mentorship. In 2019, he was honored by the Morris Park Community Association for his lifelong involvement with Little League baseball and football in the Bronx. On 9/11, he was at the World Trade Center performing search and rescue efforts with his team from Con Ed, working for weeks on 16-hour shifts. In 2006, Joe was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. In 2008, the family had organized its first Team DeSimone for the Lymphoma Research Foundation‚Äôs Lymphomathon. Over the next 12 years his family and friends helped raise over $100,000 to find a cure in Joe‚Äôs honor, and in 2018 were recognized with the LRF‚Äôs Marnie Gordon Founder‚Äôs Award. (Gjonaj)
Joe Liberatore Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Arthur Avenue and Crescent Avenue
Honoree:  Joe Liberatore (1918-2011) began his career in the 1930s as a street vendor. He was the last of the original 117 food merchants who first opened in the 1940 at the public retail market in the Bronx when Mayor La Guardia planned to remove the cityís thousands of pushcart peddlers. He worked 14-16 hour days out of his seven-foot pushcart selling potatoes, onions, lemons and strawberries. In 2010 he accepted an award on behalf of the market from the Municipal Art Society. He was very active in his church and volunteered at church events. (Torres)
Joe Perez Way (Bronx)
Present name:Cypress Avenue
Location:Between 138th Street and 139th Street
Honoree: Joe Perez (1950-2012) was a campaigner for clean air and co-founded The South Bronx Clean Air Coalition, Inc.
Joe Torres Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Thieriot Avenue
Honoree: Joe Torres decided from a young age that he wanted to become a cook and eventually he opened Joe‚Äôs Place, renowned for its Puerto Rican cuisine. Many famous people visited Joe‚Äôs Place and author Kevin Fitzpatrick referred to Mr. Torres as one of the most beloved chefs in the Bronx in his book, 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss. He died of the coronavirus on April 12, 2020. . (Diaz)
John ďBoy WonderĒ Isaacs Way (Bronx)
Present name:Hoe Avenue
Location:Between East 173rd Street and East 174th Street
Honoree: John Isaacs (1915-2009), who played professional basketball with the all-black New York Renaissance (Rens) other teams, was a youth mentor and recreation counselor at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx for over 40 years.
John C. Flynn Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of East 182nd Street and Grote Street
Honoree: Rev. John C. Flynn (1929-2012) was ordained in 1955. After an initial assignment in Westchester County, he worked at the Church of Saint Raymond in Parkchester during the 1960?s and 1970?s. He then moved to Venezuela where he spent several years ministering to poor families and learning Spanish before returning to the Bronx. He offered a helping hand to the neediest people in the Bronx and started a campaign called Save a Generation which included offering education and job training to high school dropouts, walking the streets trading crucifixes for guns. He lobbied for more low-cost housing and for saving community gardens. In the late 1970s, when the South Bronx was filled with crime, he joined local activists to help tenants who were living without heat or hot water for weeks at a time. Memorably, he also talked a man out of jumping off a roof and saved his life. (Torres)
LL:L.L. 2016/23
John Cifichiello Way (Bronx)
Present name:Mace Avenue
Location:From Bronxwood Avenue to Williamsbridge Road
Honoree: John Cifichiello (1906-2000) a Navy veteran of World War II, was a member of Community Board 11 and Chair of its Parks Committee for many years. He also served as Commander of his Catholic War Veterans Post, volunteered at the Kingsbridge V.A. Hospital, organized blood drives for St. Lucyís church, was a coach and later president of the Pelham Parkway Little League, and was a volunteer at the New York Botanical Gardens until his death. .
LL:2001/ 68
John M. Collins Place (Bronx)
Present name:Review Place
Location:Between 238th Street and Van Cortland Park South
Honoree: John M. Collins (b. 1958) was a member of the NYFD. He was killed on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
Jonathan M. Levin Way (Bronx)
Present name:East 172nd Street
Location:Between Sheridan and Morris Avenues.
Honoree: Jonathan Levin, born in 1966, attended schools in Manhasset and Graduated from Trinity College. In 1993 he began teaching at William Howard Taft HS. He was a dedicated teacher, popular among students and colleagues. He entered a graduate teaching program and received his MA from NYU in 1995. In June 1997 he was killed by one of his own students in an attempted robbery. His father, Gerald Levin, was Chairman and CEO of Time-Warner.
Jose ďChemaĒ Soto Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of East 157th Street and Morris Avenue
Honoree: Jose Chema Soto (1945-2015) founded the oldest and largest ďcasita.Ē or little house, in a community garden in the Bronx called Rincon Criollo aka La Casita de Chema. In 1975, he cleaned up an abandoned lot on Brook Avenue and 158th Street, starting a movement that gave Melrose a large concentration of community gardens and casitas. Rincon Criollo has held numerous community gatherings. Early on it became a place for musicians to perform as well learn instrument making from Chema and others. In 1987, the Casita de Chema joined the cityís Green Thumb Community Garden Program. Chema helped create a guidebook with step by step instructions on how to build a casita. In 1990, the Bronx Council of the Arts held an event where Chema and others, built replicas of casitas that were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. (Salamanca, Jr.)
Josť Francisco PeŮa Gomez Boulevard (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue
Honoree: Jose Pena Gomez (1937-1998) was born in the Dominican Republic to parents of Haitian descent. He was orphaned as an infant in a massacre ordered by dictator Rafael Trujillo. He was raised by a peasant family who gave him their name. After studying political science in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico,he became the press secretary of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, and later its secretary-general. The Partyís leader, Juan Bosch, led the opposition to the Trujillo dictatorship. Bosch was elected president in 1962 but was ousted by a coup in 1963. Taking refuge in France, Pena Gomez studied at the University of Paris and later at Harvard University and Michigan State University. While in exile, he sought to obtain international condemnation of human rights violations in the Dominican Republic. In 1982, he was elected mayor of Santo Domingo. (Cabrera)
Joseph Migliucci Way (Bronx)
Present name:Arthur Avenue
Location:Between 186th Street and 184th Street
Honoree: Joseph Migliucci (1938-2020) was the fourth generation of the family who in 1919 opened Mario‚Äôs Pizzeria at 2342 Arthur Avenue in the Little Italy section of The Bronx. Joseph was the son of Mario and Rose, grandson of Giuseppe and great grandson of Scolastica who collectively guided Mario‚Äôs from a small pizzeria to a renowned Italian eatery beloved by generations of customers. His parents urged Joseph to a professional career. While studying engineering in college he decided on a different course and left to join the family business. Trained by Mario and uncle Clemente, Joseph became both a world class chef and master maker of Mario‚Äôs signature thin crust Neapolitan style pies. Far beyond preparing meals, Joseph touched countless individuals though his acts of love, kindness and friendship: employees struggling with all kinds of life‚Äôs obstacles, customers seeking comfort or advice, fellow businessmen needing assistance, friends needing help -- or bail ‚Äď and those fighting addiction and needing guidance or a second chance, found it from Joseph. Joseph displayed his generosity to the end. In his final days at the hospital, as his condition deteriorated, he told the night nurse ‚Äú‚Ķgive the ventilator to somebody else who needs it‚Ķ‚ÄĚ He died of COVID-19 on April 6, 2020. (Torres)
Joseph P. Spor, Jr. Way (Bronx)
Present name:Belmont Avenue
Location:Between East 182nd Street and East 183rd Street
Honoree: Firefighter Joseph P. Spor, Jr. (b. 1966) died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
Juanita Hamilton Place (Bronx)
Present name:Crotona Park East
Location:Between Wilkins Avenue and Prospect Avenue
Honoree: Juanita Hamilton (1937-2015) was a community organizer at Labor Bathgate Housing Organization, and also worked in the research department at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center. She served as treasurer of Community Board 3 as well as its chair of Human Health Resources. She spearheaded sponsorship of CB 3ís Health Fairs; as well as its healthy walking and blood pressure monitoring programs. She was board president of the Labor Bathgate Child Care Center; a board member of the Villa Hermosa housing development; an executive member of New Directions In Community Revitalization Inc., and a member of Bronx Branch NAACP and Good Will Baptist Church. She was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star and held several high positions in that organization. (Gibson)
Judge Benjamin F. Nolan Way (Bronx)
Present name:Williamsbridge Road
Location:Pelham Parkway South and Morris Park Avenue
Honoree: Benjamin Francis Nolan (1917-1996), who lived near here, was a Civil Court judge from 1971 until he reached mandatory retirement age in 1987. He continued in public service as a member of the City Council Redistricting Commission and served as a Judicial Hearing Officer until his death.
Judge Hansel L. McGee Place (Bronx)
Present name:East 165th Street
Location:Between Boston Road and Forest Avenue
Honoree: Hansel L. McGee (1926-2002) was an attorney, Director for Bronx Legal Services, a Bronx Civil Court judge, and a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx. After his retirement, he served as Board Chairman of the Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Center, the Morrisania Revitalization Corporation, the African-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and was active in numerous other social, charitable and educational organizations. He was instrumental in creating the Harriet Tubman Charter School in 2001, the first charter school approved by NYS Board of Regents.(Gibson)
Julio Infante Way (Bronx)
Present name:East 181st Street
Location:Between Ryer and Valentine Avenue
Honoree: Julio Infante was an active parishioner of Saint Simon Stock Church, a member of Community Board 5 and an advocate for youth development in his neighborhood. He volunteered and donated resources of countless community events and charity projects throughout his life, such as paying for Christmas lights to decorate the 46th Precinct during the Holiday Season and catering Community Board 5ís Childrenísí Christmas Party. He chartered buses for the youth basketball team and financed a trip to Florida so that the players could participate in a basketball tournament. (Torres)
Julio Torres Place (Bronx)
Present name:Bryant Avenue
Location:Between East 179th Street and Boston Road
Honoree: Julio Torres (1933-2004) was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he moved his family to the Bronx and became involved with the Simpson Street Development Association. Shortly thereafter, he began his career as a Peace Officer for the Health and Hospitals Corporation. He retired in 1995 after 25 years of service.

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