NYC Honorary Street Names

"W" Honorary Streets: Manhattan

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W. Haywood Burns Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of Convent Avenue and West 143rd Street
Honoree: W. Haywood Burns (1940-1995) was a distinguished civil rights lawyer and former Dean of of CUNY Law School at Queens College. While in South Africa to attend an international conference in South Africa, he was killed by a truck running a stop sign.
W.E.B. DuBois Avenue (Manhattan)
Present name:Bradhurst Avenue
Location:From 141st Street to 155th Street
Honoree: W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963) was a sociologist, educator and accomplished author; one of the founders of the NAACP; and a consultant to the United Nations upon its formation in San Francisco in 1945 as head of the Council of African Affairs. He was a longtime resident of Harlem.
Walter Jonas Judah Street (Manhattan)
Present name:St. James Place
Location:James Street and Oliver Street
Honoree: Walter Jonas Judah, born 1778, was the first identifiable native-born Jewish student to attend an American medical school, Kings College, now known as Columbia University. In 1795, during his studies, a Yellow Fever Epidemic ravaged New York. While many others fled the City, he stayed to treat the sick. While doing so, he succumbed to Yellow Fever himself and died at the age of 22. (RGPR)
Walther Delgado Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of 207th Street and Post Avenue
Honoree: Walther Delgado (d. 2012) was born in the Dominican Republic and came to New York's Washington Heights when he was 11 years-old. He saw a neighborhood with much promise but plagued with inequality and lack of access to education, housing and economic development. He made it his life mission to fill the gap through community actions. He was on the steering committee that founded both Alianza Dominicana and the Audubon Partnership. Alianza Dominicana was an agent for change in the community in the 1990s. It offered the first drug treatment program in the neighborhood, access to immigration lawyers, and so much more. The majority of his efforts, however, were spent on launching the Audubon Partnership based in Inwood, which allowed residents of Washington Heights and Inwood access to development services through lending and business advocacy classes. His goal was to teach residents how to help themselves, so that immigrants could create a fruitful, sustainable, and equitable livelihood. In 1998, the federally financed Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone provided his organization with a $750,000 revolving loan to fund commercial development within Community Board 12. As a result, many small businesses were begun which still function today. From 1998 until 2002, he served on the community board and eventually as the board Chair. In 2003, he helped create Sherman Creek Park. (Rodriguez)
Wes Joice Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street
Honoree: John Wesley Joice (1931-1997) was the proprietor of The Lion's Head which he moved to 59 Christopher Street in 1996. During the 30 years that followed, The Lion's Head became famous as a literary gathering place and Greenwich Village landmark. It closed in 1996.
William “Bill” Sicklick Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Pitt St
Location:Bounded by Broome St and Grand St
Honoree: Bill Sicklick (1932-1995), a Korean War veteran who worked at Lazard Freres for 39 years, was active in his community. He was a member of Community Board 3 and served several ties as its vice president. In 1969 he helped form the 7th Precinct Auxiliary Police and was a captain at the time of his death from a heart attack at age 62. He served on the Gouverneur Hospital Community Board and was active in veterans' and charitable groups and the Bialystoker Synagogue.
William and Sarah Richio Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of Elizabeth Street and Spring Street
Honoree: In the late 1970's, William Richio served on the Area Policy Board on the Lower East Side where he fought for the rights of the poor and helped youths with drug problems.  Sarah Richio was the founder and Executive Director of the Neighborhood Council to Combat Poverty. Together, they established and helped preserve the Judson Healthcare Clinic on Spring Street.
William Atmore Byrd, Sr. Place (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of West 131st Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Honoree: William Atmore Byrd, Sr. (1927-2000), a World War II veteran, was the founder and president of the 131st Street Block Association. He established numerous extra-curricular activities for children around 131st Street, including the Cadets Program, the Byrd's Classics Basketball Team, the Vikings Football Team, the Harlem Stomp Troopers, the Youth Tenant Patrol and the Devil's Baseball Team. He was a strong advocate for African-American rights. With Howard Bennett and Julian Bond, he initiated a petition that gained over two million signatures and led to the designation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday. He started a summer youth employment program, as well as a breakfast and lunch program for children and adolescents. He also helped in the formation of the Saint Nicholas Houses Tenant Patrol, and supported the Stuyvesant Association of the Deaf for many years. (Perkins)
William Goldberg Way (Manhattan)
Present name:East 48th Street
Location:Between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
Honoree: William Goldberg (1925-2003) was known as the “King of Diamonds” for his leadership in the diamond industry. He was an active member in the Gemological Institute of America and the Diamond Dealers Club, and was involved in many charitable organizations.
William Soto Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the southeast corner of East 112th Street and Lexington Avenue
Honoree: William Soto was a community leader in East Harlem. During the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960’s, he was integral in helping to build connections between African-American and Latino political leaders. He sat on the board of directors for the organization, Massive Economic Neighborhood Development (MEND) and helped to found several other organizations, including El Grito del Barrio, Aguilar Senior Citizens, and Concerned Citizens of East Harlem. He devoted himself to helping his community through his passion for baseball as well, hosting a sports radio program, “Amateur Sports”, a newsletter and had a baseball team sponsored by Eastern Airlines and Goya Foods. He advocated for local teams, many of which were made up of young Puerto Ricans, and fought to ensure that improvements were made to local fields. (Mark-Viverito)
Willie Mays Drive (Manhattan)
Present name:At Harlem River Drive / Polo Grounds Service Road
Location:Between 155th Street and 163rd Street
Honoree: Willie Mays had an illustrious career with the Giants, first at the Polo Grounds and then in San Francisco. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
Willie Mays Place (Manhattan)
Present name:St. Nicholas Place
Location:Between 153rd Street and 155th Street
Honoree: Willie Mays had an illustrious career with the Giants, first at the Polo Grounds and then in San Francisco. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
Wilson Batista Corner (Manhattan)
Present name:171st Street
Location:On the Corner of Audubon Avenue
Honoree: Dominican-born Wilson Batista (1978-2006) was an outstanding classical pianist who studied at Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music and who performed around the world. He died suddenly of a brain aneurism on June 18, 2006.

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