NYC Honorary Street Names
"O" Honorary Streets: The Bronx
Ochenta y Siete Boulevard. (Bronx)
Present name:Southern Boulevard
Location:Betwern East Tremont Avenue and East 178th Street.
Honoree: Commemorates the 87 people who died in the deadly fire at the Happy Land Social Club on March 26, 1990. It was deliberately set by Julio Gonazalez after a quarrel with his girlfriend, a club employee. The dead ranged in age from 14 to 51. Most were immigrants from Honduras. Gonzales was convicted of the what, at that time, was the worst mass slaying in US history and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Officer Thomas P. Ruotolo Corner (Bronx)
Location:Intersection of Southern Boulevard and Intervale Avenue
Honoree: Officer Thomas P. Ruotolo was 30 years old when he was killed in the line of duty on February 14, 1984. On that date, he and his partner responded to report of a stolen moped. At a gas station at the corner of 149th Street and Bruckner Avenue, they observed the suspect refilling a moped with gasoline. In the ensuing gun battle, the suspect fatally shot P.O. Ruotolo and wounded both his partner and an off-duty officer who came to their aid. The suspect was subsequently apprehended, tried and sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. He will not be eligible for parole until 2024 . Officer Ruotolo, assigned to the 41st Precinct, had received eight citations for outstanding service during his three years with the NYPD. (Salamanca, Jr.)
Orio J. Palmer Way (Bronx)
Present name:East 234th Street
Location:Between Vireo Avenue and Webster Avenue
Honoree: Firefighter Orio J. Palmer (b. 1956) was killed during fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Oscar de la Renta Boulevard (Bronx)
Location:At the intersection of East Fordham Road and Creston Avenue adjacent to Muller Triangle
Honoree: Oscar de la Renta (1932-2014) was born in the Dominican Republic. At 18 he studied painting in Madrid but later became famous as a fashion designer. In 1961, while on vacation in Paris, he was hired at Lanvin-Castillo. Within two years, he had moved to New York and joined Elizabeth Arden. He began his own ready-to-wear label in 1965. He was known for distinctly modern yet romantic looks. His first perfume debuted in 1977. By the late '90s and early 2000s, his work became the preferred wear of American first ladies. He also started a furniture line. Known as a patron of the arts, he served on the boards of The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and Channel Thirteen/WNET; and supported several other cultural institutions, including New Yorkers for Children, the Americas Society and the Spanish Institute. (Cabrera)
Ozzie Brown Triangle (Bronx)
Location:Intersection of Sedgwick Avenue and Fordham Road
Honoree: Ozzie Brown (1944-2011) had a distinguished career in films and music. As Chair of the Community Board 7 Land Use and Re-Zoning Committee, he was instrumental in the rezoning of Webster Avenue and the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory.
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