NYC Honorary Street Names

"L" Honorary Streets: Manhattan

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Lamont “Big L” Coleman Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 140th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard
Honoree: Lamont “Big L” Coleman (1974-1999) was an American rapper and songwriter from Harlem who was considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. He was known amongst underground hip-hop fans for his freestyling ability and eventually signed to Colombia Records. He was killed by an unknown assailant in 1999. Since then, many tributes have been given to him by The Source magazine, and a mural was constructed in his honor at 140th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. The mural attracts over 4,000 visitors each year. (Perkins)
Larry Selman Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the southeast corner of Bedford Street and Grove Street
Honoree: Larry Selman (1942-2013) lived on Bedford Street for nearly 50 years and was a member of the Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association (BBC) for over 35 years. Despite an intellectual disability, he was a valued member of the community, particularly as a fund-raiser for the local firehouses, Muscular Dystrophy, the American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes, the St. Vincents Pediatric AIDS Clinic and the NY AIDS Walk. In recognition of his accomplishments for helping others, his neighbor created a short film about him "The Collector of Bedford Street" which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002. (Johnson)
Lee Strasberg Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 15th Street
Location:Union Square East and Irving Place
Honoree: Lee Strasberg (1901-1982), an actor, director and acting teacher, co founded the Actors Studio, which trained many of the most important American actors of the 20th Century.
Leon Davis Street (Manhattan)
Present name:West 43rd Street
Location:Eighth Avenue to Ninth Avenue
Honoree: Leon Davis (1905-1992) founded Local 1199 of the Drug, Hospital and Health Care Employees Union in 1932 and served as its president for 50 years. Under his leadership it grew to become the largest health care workers unions in the U.S., with over 150.000 members in 20 states. Its headquarters are on West 43rd Street.
Leonard Bernstein Place (Manhattan)
Present name:West 65th Street
Location:Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was the leading American composer and orchestra conductor of the 20th Century. He achieved international recognition for his work in both classical music and the Broadway stage. In 1953 he became the first American ever invited to conduct at La Scala. From 1958 to 1969 he was music director of the New York Philharmonic. Parallel with his classical career, he composed music for such famed Broadway musicals as "On the Town," "West Side Story," and "Candide."
Leonard Harper Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the southeast corner of West 132nd Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
Honoree: Leonard Harper (1899-1943) was a producer and choreographer during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1914, at 14-years old, he became one of the first Motion Picture Posers among black performers, dancing in silent motion pictures for the Educational Film Company. In 1917, he teamed up with Osceola Blanks to form the song and dance team of Harper and Blanks. In 1921, they performed on Broadway in "Put and Take." Harper and Blanks were signed by owners of Shubert Brothers to be the first black act ever to tour in America. (Dickens)
LeRoy Myers Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:NE corner of Manhattan Avenue and 122nd Street
Honoree: LeRoy Myers (1919-2004), a Harlem resident since the late 1930s, was a founding member and the first president of the Copasetics, the famed fraternity of black entertainers.
Lewis Rudin Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 52nd Street
Location:Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue
Honoree: Lewis Rudin (1927-2001) was co-chairman one of the New Yorks leading real estate firms and co-founder the Association For A Better New York.
Library Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 41st Street
Location:between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
Honoree: Working with the Grand Central Partnership and the New York Public Library, property owners and tenants along a two-block stretch of East 41st Street have made it into a pedestrian gateway to the library. Set into the sidewalk are 96 bronze plaques bearing quotations from important works of literature and poetry.
Lieutenant Vincent G. Halloran Street (Manhattan)
Present name:North Moore Street
Location:Between Varick Street and West Broadway
Honoree: Fire Lieutenant Vincent G. Halloran, 43, died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
Little Brazil Street (Manhattan)
Present name:West 46th St
Location:Bounded by Fifth Ave and Broadway.
Honoree: The designation recognized the importance of this block as a center of Brazilian-American commercial and cultural activity. It has the city's most important concentration of Brazilian restaurants, export-import firms, travel agencies, retail stores and other businesse catering to Brazilian visitors and Brazilian-Americans
Lloyd E. Dickens Place (Manhattan)
Present name:West 127th Street
Location:Between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Honoree: Lloyd E. Dickens was considered the dean of black politicians in New York City. A realtor and insurance broker, he represented Harlem in the NYS Assembly from 1959 to 1964. He was chief architect of Adam Clayon Powell's bid to be the first black congreesman from New York City and organized the effort that elected Hulan Jack as Manhattan's first black Borough President. He also organized the first black-owned mortgage company and was a founding director of the Freedom National Bank. He died at age 86 in 1988.
Lorenzo Da Ponte Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the corner of Church Street and Leonard Street
Honoree: Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838), born in Italy, wrote the librettos of three of Mozarts operas, and was the first professor of Italian at what is now Columbia University. He helped establish Italian opera in New York City.
Lou Walters Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 48th Street
Location:Between Broadway and Seventh Avenue
Honoree: Lou Walters (1897-1977) was one of the leading nightclub entrepreneurs in the 1940s and 1950s. He was the owner and operator of the Latin Quarter Night Club, which quickly became known as Manhattans largest nightspot and a top tourist draw. .
Louis F. De Salvio Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of Hester Street and Baxter Street
Honoree: Louis F. DeSalvio (1910-2004) was elected to the NYS Assembly from Little Italy in 1940 and served in that capacity for 38 years. In addition he was, from 1973 to 1979, the first Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly. In 1979 he resigned from the Assembly to become Secretary of the NYS Insurance Fund. He was also active in his Lower Manhattan community, serving on Community Board 1 and on the Board of Southbridge Towers.
Lt. Joseph G. Leavey Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of West 212th Street and Broadway
Honoree: Lt. Joseph G. Leavey (b. 1955) attended Power Memorial Academy and graduated from Manhattan College School of Engineering in 1977. He was appointed to the NYFD in 1982. His life was cut short on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.
Lt. Robert Nagel Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of East 114th Street and 5th Avenue
Honoree: Fire Lieutenant Robert Nagel began his career with the FDNY in 1973, and was promoted to Lieutenant on June 9, 1988. He served with Engine Company 58 in Harlem from June 9, 1990, until his death in the line of duty on 9/11/01.
Lucille Bulger Place (Manhattan)
Present name:West 159th Street
Location:Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: Lucille Bulger (1912-2007) was the founder and long-time Executive Director of the Community League of the Heights. It was originally created to offer youth programs, but was later expanded to provide social services, affordable housing, health care, and summer jobs, as well as food for the hungry.
Lucy and Lenny Cecere Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of MacDougal Street and Houston Street
Honoree: Lucy Cecere (d. 2011) served on the board of the Village Nursing Home and helped save the home when it was threatened with closing in 1975. The Village Nursing Home, now Village Care, remains an important primary-care institution for the elderly and people with HIV/AIDS in the Downtown area. She founded the Golden Age Club to support low-income seniors with healthy meals and was the co-founder of the Caring Community which today serves more than 2,000 seniors at four different locations in and around Greenwich Village. After 9/11, she coordinated with the NYPD to provide healthy meals for first responders. Lenny Cecere (d. 2015) was born in Brooklyn, also to Italian immigrant parents, but lived in the Village from 1949 on. Lenny was an army veteran involved with the allied recapture of France and the Battle of the Bulge. After marrying Lucy at Our Lady of Pompeii in 1949, they moved to nearby Sullivan Street. After they bought 51 MacDougal Street in 1962, Lenny eventually took over the retail space on the ground floor, turning it into a store called Something Special, selling doughnuts, bagels, candy, greeting cards, and eventually renting mailboxes and copying keys. In this capacity Lenny became a beloved and widely known fixture in the community, whom countless Villagers, famous and everyday, came to rely upon for essential services in their daily lives. Lenny was also an active member of the Fathers Club at Our Lady of Pompeii School, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion posts in Greenwich Village. (Johnson)
Lus Das Way (Manhattan)
Present name:165th Street
Location:Between Audubon Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue
Honoree: Lus Das (1952-2009) was a Dominican folk and rock guitarist, singer and composer. He began as guitarist and singer for the band Convite but went on to become the most important and prolific Dominican composer of our time. He was known for his bold musical fusions and myriad styles. Many called him the Father of Dominican rock. He mixed rock, reggae, jazz and blues with over 40 native rhythms of the Dominican Republic, including merengue, bachata and mangulina. More than 300 of his compositions have been recorded by different artists and music bands. He lived in New York from 1980 to 1982, where he taught Dominican traditional music workshops at the American Museum of Natural History. In 1982, he formed the legendary Dominican rock band Transporte Urbano, which mixed a wide range of musical styles, including bachata and heavy metal. From 1999 to 2000, he was the vice-director of Casa De La Cultura Dominicana, an organization responsible for promoting Dominican Culture in New York City. His many books included "Trnsito Entre Gucaras", a book of verse that recreates Tano myths. He received many international awards and recognitions and was a cult figure who transformed contemporary Dominican music. (Rodriguez)
Luis M. Beltre Place (Manhattan)
Present name:West 184th Street
Location:Between St. Nicholas Avenue and Audubon Avenue
Honoree: Louis M. Beltre (1975-2002) was a science teacher at I.S. 152 where he helped many to appreciate the importance of education. He was also a youth organizer at Alianza Dominica, Inc. where he helped young people to get off of the streets. He died at age 26 after a long battle with Sickle Cell Anemia.

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