NYC Honorary Street Names

"N" Honorary Streets: Manhattan

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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.
New York Rens Court (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of West 137th Street and Adam Clayton Jr. Boulevard
Honoree: The New York Rens basketball team was the first all-black professional and African-American owned basketball team. Formed in Harlem in 1923, the Rens were immediately successful. They helped shift the presence of African-Americans in sports from the amateur to the professional level. The team won 88 consecutive games in the 1932-1933 season, a record unmatched by any professional basketball team in the history of the game. In 1939, they won the first professional basketball championship in the World Professional Basketball Tournament. They were inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1963. The Rens home court was the ballroom of the Renaissance Ballroom and Casino, a storied entertainment complex, built and initially owned by Afro-Americans, that stood on the east side of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between 137th and 138th Streets. It was closed in 1979 and demolished in 2015. (Perkins)
Nicholas Figueroa Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Second Avenue
Location:Between 7th Street and Saint Marks Place at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and East 7th Street
Honoree: Nicholas Figueroa and Moises Locon and were tragically killed in an explosion on March 20, 2015. The blast was caused by an illegal connection to a gas line serving the Sushi Park restaurant at 121 Second Avenue. Moises Locon, 27, was a restaurant employee; Nicholas Figueroa, 23, was a customer. The explosion led to the collapse of three buildings and severely damaged a fourth building. An addition to the two young men who were killed, 22 people were injured. As a result of this explosion and other gas-related incidents, the City enacted an extensive set of gas-safety reforms. (Mendez)[See also Moises Locon Way]
Nikola Tesla Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:None
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)
Present name:None
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)
Present name:None
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)
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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)
Normandía Maldonado Way (Manhattan)
Present name:Amsterdam Avenue
Location:Between 166th Street and 167th Street
Honoree: Normandía Maldonado (1929-2018) was a folklorist as well as a staunch advocate and leader in the Dominican community. She co-founded Club Civico y Cultural Juan Pablo Duarte, Inc. currently known as the Instituto Duartiano de los Estados Unidos, Inc, the second oldest Dominican cultural organization in New York. The organization was responsible for the creation of the statue of Juan Pablo Duarte, the founding father of the Dominican Republic, on the Avenue of Americas near Canal Street. She also co-founded the Centro Cultural Ballet Quisqueya in 1967 and also co-founded the Dominican Day Parade, Inc. She was dedicated to teaching children about Dominican traditions and customs in both the Dominican Republic and New York. She was honored by local organizations and institutions, such as Alianza Dominicana and the Dominican Folklore Hall of Fame. (Rodriguez)

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