NYC Honorary Street Names
"N" Honorary Streets: Manhattan
National Black Theatre Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Fifth Avenue
Location:Between 125th Street and 126th Street
Honoree: The National Black Theatre was founded in 1968 by dancer/actress Barbara Ann Teer (1937-2008). Since its inception NBT has produced over 300 plays, primarily by black artists, and its productions have toured throughout the U.S. and abroad. NBT operates out of its own building at 2031 Fifth Avenue.
New York Naval Militia Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Water Street
Location:between Fulton Street and John Street
Honoree: The New York Naval Militia is the “Navy National Guard” in New York State. It traces its heritage back to the Revolutionary War, when militamen fought in the Battle of Lake Champlain The NYNM has a unit at Fort Schuyler in the Bronx and its vessels operate in close liaison with the NYPD Harbor Patrol.
Nikola Tesla Corner (Manhattan)
Location:Northeast corner of West 40th Street and Avenue of the Americas
Honoree: Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), a pioneering electrical engineer, was born in what is now Croatia and came to the US in 1884. For a time he worked for Thomas Edison. Later, he developed a series of inventions crucial to the feasibility of AC electrical systems and devices, and in 1888 licensed his patents to the Westinghouse Company. He was also reponsible for numerous advances in the use of X-Rays and radio. From 1884 to his death he lived mainly in New York City and spent many hours here in Bryant Park, developing the scientific theories that help to revolutionize modern life.
Norman Buchbinder Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the southeast corner of West 8th Street and MacDougal Street
Honoree: Norman Buchbinder (1922-2007) was co-founder of the Union Square Partnership, the city’s first business improvement district, covering Union Square and 14th Street between 6th and 1st Avenues. He also founded the Village Alliance business improvement district which went on to fund a major 8th Street capital improvement project in 2001 to widen the sidewalks and add historic lampposts. He owned several buildings in Chelsea and managed approximately 65 buildings. He was responsible for bringing back the 8th Street area, including MacDougal Street, from the decay it suffered in the 1970s and '80s. (Chin)
Norman Rockwell Place (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of 103rd Street and Broadway
Honoree: Norman Rockwell (1894-1878), an American illustrator and painter, was born at 206 West 103rd Street. He painted his first commission of four Christmas cards before his sixteenth birthday and was hired as art director of Boys? Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America. In 1916, he painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post. Over the next 47 years, another 321 Rockwell paintings would appear on covers of the Post, mostly reflecting small-town American life. In 1943, inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt?s address to Congress, Rockwell painted the Four Freedoms paintings. They were reproduced in four consecutive issues of The Saturday Evening Post. His interpretations of Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear proved to be enormously popular. The works toured the United States in an exhibition that, through the sale of war bonds, raised more than $130 million for the war effort. During his 10-year association with Look magazine, he painted pictures illustrating some of his deepest concerns and interests, including civil rights, America?s war on poverty, and the exploration of space. In 1973, Rockwell established a trust to preserve his artistic legacy by placing his works in the custodianship of what is now the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, MA. (Levine)
Norman Vincent Peale Way (Manhattan)
Present name:West 29th Street
Location:Broadway and Fifth Avenue
Honoree: Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) was one of the most influential American clergymen of the 20th Century. He became pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in 1932 and led it for 52 years. With the church as his base, Dr. Peale expanded his operations to include radio broadcasts and publishing, including his book “The Power of Positive Thinking.” (RGPR, WK)
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