NYC Honorary Street Names

"J" Honorary Streets: Manhattan

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J.A. Lobbia Bike Lane (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:The northwest corner bicycle traffic signal at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 33rd Street
Honoree: Julie Lobbia (d. 2001), was an avid cyclist as well as a journalist. For her Village Voice column “Towers and Tenements,” she pursued stories on the City’s affordable housing crisis, the weakening of rent regulations, the efforts of tenants’ movements, and the shameful ways of slumlords. She died of ovarian cancer at 43.
Jack Johnson Plaza (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Lenox Avenue and 142nd Street
Honoree: Jack Johnson (1878-1946) was the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion.  In 1913 Johnson fled the country after being wrongfully convicted of violating the Mann Act. After 7 years in exile, he returned in 1920 and served his sentence. In 2009, Congress passed a resolution calling on President Obama to issue a pardon, but no action has been taken so far. 
Jack Rudin Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 51st Street
Location:Between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue
Honoree: Jack Rudin (1924-2016) was an owner and developer of New York real estate and one of our city's most prominent civic and philanthropic leaders . As president and chairman of Rudin Management, he oversaw the design and construction of major office towers such as 345 Park Avenue, 1 Battery Park Plaza, and Three Times Square. During World War II, he served as a Staff Sergeant under General George Patton. He was a member of The Rolling W, 89th Infantry Division, and was among the soldiers who liberated Nazi concentration camps. He later received the Bronze Star for heroic and meritorious service in combat. He, along with his brother, provided the initial sponsorship for the New York Marathon and its trophy is named in memory of their father. He also served on the boards of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and Congregation Shearith Israel. (Powers)
Jacob Birnbaum Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Cabrini Boulevard
Location:Between 186th Street and 187th Street
Honoree: Jacob Birnbaum (1926-2014) is considered the father of the Movement to Free Soviet Jewry. He was born in Hamburg, Germany. After Hitler came to power in 1933, his family moved to London. He worked with survivors of Nazi concentration camps and Soviet labor camps, and with North African Jews who had fled the civil war in Algeria. He moved to New York in 1964 and soon started his campaign to help Soviet Jews. He orchestrated student demonstrations at the Soviet Mission to the United Nations beginning in 1964. His grass-roots movement contributed to legislation that eventually helped liberalize Moscow’s emigration policies, an issue that President Ronald Reagan personally raised wih Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. As a result, more than 1.5 million Soviet Jews were allowed to move to Israel and elsewhere. (Rodriguez)
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir (Manhattan)
Present name:none
Location:Body of water within Central Park commonly known as the Central Park Reservoir.
Honoree: The former First Lady, the widow of President John F. Kennedy, lived nearby and often strolled or jogged on the path surrounding this reservoir. Following her death in 1994 at the age of 64, the reservoir was renamed for her. The action was in recognition of her service to New York City, and especially for her leadership in historic preservation.
James and Rina Garst Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 94th Street
Location: Between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: James D. Garst (1926-2006), a veteran of the Merchant Marine in World War II, was a longtime advocate for affordable housing. He was a founder of the New York State Tenants and Neighbors Coalition, and a board member of the Mitchell-Lama Council. Rina Garst (1931-2016) was active in the Upper West Side community for more than half a century. She was an anti-war activist and had extensive involvement in the labor and civil rights movements. She was instrumental in the creation of a housing program called Naturally-Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) for three Upper West Side buildings. She established what became the Goddard-Riverside NORC; was director of the Education Council of District Council 37-AFSCME; worked for the Department of Consumer Affairs; and managed Socialist David McReynolds’ 1968 campaign for Congress. (Rosenthal) [Note: This designation appears intended to supersede the 2008 naming of the "southwest side of West 94th Street" as James D. Garst Way. At this writing, the relevant section of L.L. 48 of 2008 has not been repealed.)
James Baldwin Place (Manhattan)
Present name:128th Street
Location:Between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
Honoree: James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a major American writer who also became a prominent figure of the Civil Rights Movement. His best known work is his partly autobiographical novel "Go Tell It On The Mountain". Fed up with racism and homophobia in the U.S., he moved to France in the late 1940s and lived mainly there for most of his life. In 1956, he published "Giovanni’s Room," dealing with the issues of race and homosexuality. In 1957 he returned to the United States to participate in the Civil Rights Movement alongside Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. In 1961, he published an important essay on race relations and the role of writers in society entitled "Nobody Knows my Name: More Notes of a Native Son," which would be followed in 1962 by the novel "Another Country." In 1963, he published "The Fire Next Time" on the history of black protest. He also wrote two plays, "The Amen Corner" (1955), and "Blues for Mister Charlie" (1964). (Dickens)
James Brown Way (Manhattan)
Present name:126th Street
Location:Between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Honoree: James Brown (1933-2006), was one of the top musical artists of the 20th Century. He won three Grammy awards and received a Kennedy Center honor in 2003. Mr. Brown also was involved in important social issues. He was credited in 1968 for keeping Boston calm following the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
James D. Garst Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Southwest side of West 94th Street
Location:Between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: James D. Garst (1926-2006) was a longtime advocate for affordable housing, serving as founder of the New York State Tenants and Neighbors Coalition, and a longtime Board member of the Mitchell-Lama Council.
James Weldon Johnson Plaza (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 135th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
Honoree: James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was one of the prime movers of the Harlem Renaissance. He was a songwriter, poet, novelist, journalist, critic, diplomat, educator and lawyer. With his brother John Rosamond he composed songs such as “ Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which would later become known as the Negro National Anthem.
Jan Karski Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of East 37th Street and Madison Avenue
Honoree: Jan Karski (d. 2000) was a leader of the resistance movement against the Nazi Holocaust. He was credited with saving many lives by reporting on atrocities to the west. He was later a distinguished professor at Georgetown University for 40 years. This corner is the location of the Polish consulate. A statue of Mr. Karski stands within the consulate property.
Jane Jacobs Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Hudson Street
Location:Between Perry Street and West 11th Street
Honoree: Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), came to prominence as a community activist in Greenwich Village, where her efforts helped thwart the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway. Her books, beginning with “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” have had a worldwide influence on urban planning.
Jane Wood's Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 19th Street
Location:between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue
Honoree: Jane Wood (1907-2004) was a legendary tenant activist in Chelsea. She was a passionately committed to affordable housing and to New York City itself..
Janet Freeman Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Kenmare Street
Honoree: Janet Freeman was a community organizer and tenant advocate. She founded the Croman Tenants Association; the Coalition to Protect Public Housing and Section 8; and Co-op Watch, to prevent evictions through phony conversions. She started campaigns to organize tenants against aggressive landlords, phony demolitions, and harassment in and around Chinatown and Little Italy. . (Chin)
Janice Coulter Way (Manhattan)
Present name:none
Location:the northwest corner of the intersection of 69th Street and Madison Avenue
Honoree: Janice Ruth Coulter (b. 1965) was one of five U.S. citizens killed when a large bomb exploded in a cafeteria at Hebrew University in Jerusalem on July 31, 2002. She supervised the admissions of American graduate students to the school, and had left the US with a group of American students who were enrolling in the University.
Jay Kriegel Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of Park Place and Broadway
Honoree:  Jay Kriegel (1940-2019) was Senior Advisor for the Related Companies, developer of Hudson Yards, the largest project in NYC history. Serving as Chief of Staff to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay from 1966 to 1973, Kriegel's efforts included creating the first Civilian Complaint Review Board and liaison to the historic Kerner Commission Report on urban disorders. He later led the city's campaign to save the deductibility of state and local taxes against attack by President Reagan in the 1986 Tax Reform Act. He served as President of New York City's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games; he co-founded The American Lawyer magazine; advised governments, including the Prime Minister of Turkey and the President of Kazakhstan; and, as Senior Vice President at CBS, conceived of Retransmission Consent, enacted in 1994 which provides broadcasters with a new revenue stream of payments from cable companies. In non-profit activities, he merged two distressed Brooklyn hospitals in 1982 to create Interfaith Medical Center, and served on the boards of Prep for Prep, New Visions for Public Schools, and The After School Corporation (TASC), the Steering Committee of ABNY, NYU's Center for Global Affairs, and the Kent Land Trust. (Chin)
Jerome Robbins Place (Manhattan)
Present name:none
Location:the intersection of West 62nd Street and Columbus Avenue
Honoree: Jerome Robbins (1918-1998) was one of the first great American-born ballet masters. In his career with the New York City Ballet he created some 50 works. From 1944 to 1964 he became famous beyond the world of ballet, choreographing for such Broadway musicals as On The Town, Peter Pan, The King and I, West Side Story, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Jerry Driscoll Walk (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Peck Slip portion of the East River Bikeway/Wakway
Honoree: Jerry Driscoll (1909-1994) piloted boats on the New York City waterfront for 60 years. In 1945 he became a founding partner of Circle Line Sightseeing Yachts. (RGPR)
Jerry Orbach Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Northwest corner of West 53rd Street and 8th Avenue
Honoree: Jerry Orbach (1935-2004) was a leading actor on Broadway, in films and on television, probably best known for his role as a detective in the series “Law & Order.” . He was involved in many charitable organizations, including programs that assisted widows and children of police officers killed in the line of duty.
Jesus ‘Tato’ Laviera Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of East 123rd Street and Second Avenue
Honoree: Jesus Laviera (1950-2013) was one of the best-known representatives of the Nuyorican school of poetry. He published books, plays and poems, and made hundreds of appearances at colleges and literary events. He was involved with the University of the Streets, which helped adults obtain a high school diploma and attend college; was an administrator at the Association of Community Services; and directed the Hispanic Drama Workshop. His most famous book, La Carreta Made a U-Turn, earned him an invitation to the White House by President Jimmy Carter to an event for distinguished American poets. His second book, Enclave, made him the first Hispanic author to win the American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation. Poems from his third publication, AmeRican, have been included in more than 30 anthologies. (Mark-Viverito)
Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Asser Levy Place
Location:East 23rd to East 24th Street
Honoree:  The Jewish War Veterans is the oldest active veterans’ service organization in the United States, founded in 1896 by Jewish veterans of the Civil War.
Jimmy Breslin Way (Manhattan)
Present name:42nd Street
Location:Between Second Avenue and Third Avenue
Honoree: James Earle “Jimmy” Breslin (1928-2017) was a native New Yorker, award-winning journalist, and American author. Over his long career he produced over 6,000 newspaper columns; 1,500 major magazine pieces; and 20 books; three of them bestsellers. Born in Queens, he was known for his ability to communicate the thoughts and needs of New York’s working class. His reporting on the “Son of Sam” killings and on the scandals of Borough President Donald Manes demonstrated the way he was never afraid to uncover the truth. His reporting at the Daily News earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and the George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting. He used his position to raise the voices of those who had gone unheard. He served as the voice of this city for over 60 years as a lead columnist, and was considered a leader in "New Journalism." His portrayal of President John F. Kennedy’s gravedigger gave Americans an understanding of working-class life. This style of reporting, now referred to as the “Gravedigger Theory,” is taught in journalism schools across the country. This sign is located near 220 East 42nd Street, the former Daily News Building. (Powers)
Jimmy McAlary Way (Manhattan)
Present name:none
Location:the southwest corner of the intersection of West 215th Street and Park Terrace West
Honoree: Jimmy McAlary (b. 1959) worked for Carr Futures at the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
Jodie Lane Place (Manhattan)
Present name:11th Street
Location:between Avenue A and 2nd Avenue
Honoree: Jodie Shonah Lane (1973-2004) was a fifth year Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology program at Teachers College. On January 16, 2004, she was tragically killed while walking her two dogs when she stepped on an electrified portion of a ConEd manhole in front of Veniero's at 342 East 11th St. Her death prompted efforts to eliminate dangerous, substandard equipment installed in city streets.
Joe English Way (Manhattan)
Present name:none
Location:the northeast corner of the intersection of West 212th Street and Broadway
Honoree: Joe English (1940-1997), prompted by the murder of a local business owner, helped found the Inwood Patrol, a civilian patrol under the auspices of the 34th Precinct. He served nine years as its Director and during this time increased volunteer efforts in the area ten-fold.
Joe Hintersteiner Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Haven Avenue
Location:Between West 168th Street and West 169th Street
Honoree: Joe Hintersteiner (1949-1995) was a prolific watercolorist and beloved teacher, who devoted most of his later life to promoting the arts and to the community of Washington Heights and Inwood. He was a member of Community Board 12 and on the boards of both the YM&YWHA and the Washington Heights-Inwood Chamber of Commerce.
Joe Horvath Street (Manhattan)
Present name:West 52nd Street.
Location:Between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.
Honoree: As a youth, Joe Horvath (1945-1995) was a member of the Police Athletic League's William J. Duncan Center. In 1961, he was hired as a summer aide at the center and eventually became its director. When the original Duncan Center was to be demolished in 1970, he found a vacant building nearby on West 52nd Street and raised funds to create a new Duncan Center. Except for a stint in the Army as a medic, he was a career employee of the PAL until his death.
Joey Ramone Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Bowery
Location:Between 1st Street and 2nd Street
Honoree: Legendary punk rocker Joey Ramone (1951-2001) was born Jeffrey Hyman in Forest Hills, Queens. He founded the Ramones in 1974, with friends Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy. Each adopted the surname Ramone, after a stage name (Ramon) used by Paul McCartney during the earliest Beatles days. Punk caught on and found a home at the downtown Manhattan club CBGBs, located here on the Bowery.
John Bigelow Plaza (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of 41st Street and Fifth Avenue
Honoree: John Bigelow (1817-1911), was a lawyer, editor and diplomat. As Trustee of the Tilden Trust, he brought it together with the Astor and Lenox libraries to form the New York Public Library, which he served as its first president.
John Brian Murtaugh Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Indian Road and 218th Street
Honoree: John Brian Murtaugh (1937-2017) was a mariner, New York State Supreme Court drug specialist, and a State Assemblyman for 16 years. He lived for most of his life in Inwood. John graduated from Elmira Free Academy, and earned a B.A. from SUNY Maritime College, later serving as a deck officer in the merchant marine. He went on to earn a graduate degree in Business from Columbia University. He was the co-author of the book "New York Politics: A Tale of Two States" (2009) and also served as an adjunct professor at the City College of New York and at Baruch College-CUNY. (Rodriguez)
John Cardinal O'Connor Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 50th Street
Location:Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue
Honoree: John Cardinal O’Connor (1915-2000) became the eighth Archbishop of New York in 1984 and was elevated to Cardinal on May 23, 1985. A former Navy and Marine Corps chaplain, he was the Navy’s Chief of Chaplains from 1975 to 1979..
John Hicks Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 139th Street
Location:Between Edgecombe Avenue and Frederick Douglas Boulevard
Honoree: John Hicks (1941-2006) was an influential jazz musician. He played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, with the singer Betty Carter, and with Woody Herman's big band. In the late 1970s his career as a leader gained momentum and went on to record many albums under his own name.
John L. Nelson Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Columbus Avenue and West 91st Street
Honoree: John Nelson (1947-2015) managed school safety at PS 84, the Lillian Weber School for the Arts, for 34 years. For two years after his retirement, he continued to volunteer at the school where he was a father figure to many children. When not at school, he could be found at Sol Bloom Playground teaching sportsmanship and skills. Basketball and football were his passions. He spent countless hours teaching young athletes techniques only using their bodies but also their intellects. During the 1970s and ‘80s, when the city’s parks and recreational facilities were overrun with drug dealers and addicts, he watched over his young students and provided them with support. He made a lasting impact on all the students he worked with, one that carried far beyond the playing field. (Rosenthal)
John McKean Square (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of East 43rd Street and Tudor City Place
Honoree: John McKean, a retired real estate executive, was a tenant leader. He founded the Tudor City Association and served as its president for 20 years. In 1980, he famously rallied neighbors to form a human chain around Tudor City's two privately-owned parks, which the developer Harry Helmsley had sent bulldozers to clear for the construction 45-story skyscrapers. The parks were retained and are now within the Tudor City Historic District. Mr. McKean died in 1993 at 85.
John Patrck Burnside Way (Manhattan)
Present name:none
Location:the southwest corner of the intersection of Park Terrace East and 215th Street
Honoree: Firefighter John Patrick Burnside (b. 1964) died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
John V. Lindsay Park (Manhattan)
Present name:East River Park
Location:FDR Drive to the East River, Montgomery Street to East 12th Street.
Honoree: John V. Lindsay (1921-2000) was the 103rd Mayor of New York City, serving from 1966 through 1973.
Johnnie Mae Johnson Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of 130th Street and Lexington Avenue
Honoree: Johnnie Mae Johnson fought for social justice in her East Harlem community for more than 50 years. As District Leader of the 70th Assembly District, Part A, she was instrumental in getting a pedestrian bridge built to provide a safe crossing into Harlem River Park. She was a founding member of the non-profit Addie Mae Collins Head Start Program and later became PTA president at PS 133. Ms. Johnson also helped many people who wanted to register to vote, taking them through the process so they could participate in elections. (Perkins)
Joseph F. Holland Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Southeast corner of West 215th Street and Indian Road
Honoree: Joseph F. Holland (b. 1968) grew up in Inwood, and attended the Bronx High School of Science and Manhattan College. His life was cut short on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center where he worked on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Joseph Kellett Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:SE corner of West 217th Street and Park Terrace West
Honoree: Joseph Kellett (b. 1964 an employee of Carr Futures, was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Joseph Papp Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Astor Place and Lafayette Street.
Honoree: Joseph Papp (1921-1991) was arguably the single most creative and controversial figure in American theater in the 20th Century. He founded the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1954. It was the first company in the United States to offer free productions of Shakespeare, with an emphasis on an American style of performance. The festival performed in the New York City’s parks and opened its permanent, open-air home in Central Park, the Delacorte Theater, in 1962. The Festival expanded in 1967, when the Public Theater opened in the landmark Astor Library building in the East Village. The company renovated the building to house five theaters. It was one of the pioneers of the nonprofit theater movement in the City and across the United States. Joseph Papp launched over 900 productions, including numerous groundbreaking works by American playwrights, changing the face of American theater. (Rivera)
Josh Rosenthal Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 72nd Street
Location:Between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
Honoree: Josh Rosenthal (b. 1957) worked at Ficuciary Trust in the World Trade Center. He was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Juan Pablo Duarte Boulevard (Manhattan)
Present name:St. Nicholas Avenue
Location:intersection with Amsterdam Avenue and West 162nd Street to intersection with West 193rd Street and Fort George Hill
Honoree: Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876) is considered the "Founding Father of the Dominican Republic." Returning from his education in Spain, he found young Dominicans resentful of Haitian rule. In response, he organized a movement in opposition to foreign control. The nation won independence from Haiti in 1844. (RGPR)
Juan Pablo Duarte Square (Manhattan)
Present name:West 170th Street
Location:Between S. Nicholas Avenue and Broadway
Honoree: Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876) is considered the "Founding Father of the Dominican Republic." Returning from his education in Spain, he found young Dominicans resentful of Haitian rule. In response, he organized a movement in opposition to foreign control. The nation won independence from Haiti in 1844. (RGPR)
Juan Rodriguez Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Broadway
Location:Between 159th Street and 218th Street
Honoree: Jan Rodrigues or Juan Rodriguez, a mulatto from Santo Domingo, arrived in the Hudson in 1613 as part of the crew of a Dutch merchant ship and chose to remain. He is considered the first non-Amerindian to have resided in what is today New York City. 
Judge Bruce Wright Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
Location:Between 138th Street and 139th Street
Honoree: Bruce Wright (1917-2005), a former New York judge who denounced racism in the criminal justice system, was well known for setting low bail for many poor and minority defendants, earning him the epithet “Turn ‘Em Loose Bruce” from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
Judge Constance Baker Motley Lane (Manhattan)
Present name:The service road behind little Riverton adjacent to Harlem River Drive
Location:Between East 135th Street and 138th Street
Honoree: In 1945, after earning her law degree from Columbia, Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005) became a law clerk for Thurgood Marshall, and later worked for the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In 1950 she assisted in drafting the complaint in the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education. In 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Motley and her fellow lawyers, declaring that separate schooling for black and white students was unconstitutional. She also represented Martin Luther King Jr. so that he could march in Albany, Georgia. She won 9 of 10 civil rights cases that she argued before the Supreme Court. She was the first black woman elected to the New York State Senate; the first female president of the Borough of Manhattan; and the first black woman to serve as a federal judge, appointed by President Johnson to the bench of the Southern District of New York. She went on to become chief judge of the district in 1982 and senior judge in 1986. (Dickens)
Julia de Burgos Boulevard (Manhattan)
Present name:106th Street
Location:From 5th Avenue to the East River
Honoree: Julia de Burgos (1914-1953) was a highly regarded poet and an advocate for Puerto Rican independence. She lived on 105th Street in East Harlem for many years before her untimely death at the age of 39.

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