NYC Honorary Street Names

"B" Honorary Streets: Queens

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Barbara DeCosta Waldon Place (Queens)
Present name:222nd Street
Location:Between 115th and 116th Avenues
Honoree: Barbara DeCosta Waldon (d. 2004) was an artist and community volunteer, particularly active in causes for the elderly. She established Images Plus, a graphics design firm that created advertising and political campaign promotions.
Barbara Guzzardo Street (Queens)
Present name:65th Street
Location:From 68th Avenue north to the end of the street
Honoree: Barbara Guzzardo (b. 1952) worked for Aon Corporation at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September, 11 2001.
LL:2003/ 06
Barbara Smith Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Deerfield Road and Beach 25th Street
Honoree:  Barbara Smith (d. 2019) immigrated from Jamaica in 1968 and worked for 14 years in a Brooklyn nursing home. After buying a home in Far Rockaway in 1979, she became an E.K.G. Technician at St. John’s Episcopal Nursing Home in Far Rockaway. She also joined the Deerfield Area Civic Association and served for many years as its President. She was very involved with the Community Police, Community Board 14, Queens Borough President, Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation and the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula. She was also a member of the NAACP and a delegate for 1199 SEIU at St. John’s Episcopal Nursing Home. (Richards)
Barbara’s Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Southeast corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 144th Street
Honoree: Barbara Eisenstadt (d. 2007) was a longtime community activist in the Rockaways. She was honored her involvement in the Rockaway Music And Art Council, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Friends of Rock Hall Museum. She was also an officer of the Neponsit Property Owners Association and other civic and charitable organizations.
Battalion Chief Lawrence T. Stack Street (Queens)
Present name:123rd Street
Location:between 9th Avenue and 11th Avenue
Honoree: Battalion Chief Lawrence T. Stack of the NYFD died on September 11, 2001 during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Bayside Hills 9/11 Memorial Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of Horace Harding Expressway and Bell Boulevard
Honoree: The Bayside Hills 9/11 Memorial is at Horace Harding Expressway and Bell Boulevard on the Parks Department’s green streets median. It l is maintained year round by the Bayside Hills Civic Association and contains many plants, bushes and two trees representing the Twin Towers. In addition, the Memorial contains two steel beams salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Each year, in the evening of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the community comes together for a memorial service run by the Bayside Hills Civic Association. It is attended by local elected officials, community and civic leaders, local police and firefighters, veterans groups, local clergy and the local Boy Scout troop. (Grodenchik)
Benjamin Fried Boulevard (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of 43rd Avenue and Bell Boulevard
Honoree: Benjamin Fried (d. March 3, 2013) ran Benn’s Hardware store until 2001. During the 1970’s, he was successful in keeping FDNY Engine Co. 306 open by organizing a large rally in Bayside and later became the chairman of the 306 Firehouse Committee. He was also instrumental in the opening of the 64th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard Firehouse. As a result of his devotion to the FDNY, he was given the honorary title of Deputy Battalion Chief. He founded the Bell Boulevard Merchants Association, as well as the Annual Children’s Holiday Parade on Bell Boulevard, and he organized funding for the holiday lights on Bell Boulevard (Vallone)
Benjamin Wheeler Place (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 41st Street and Queens Boulevard
Honoree: Benjamin Wheeler lived in Sunnyside, Queens for the first year of his life before moving to Connecticut. He was just six years old when he was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Benjamin Wright Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 158th Street and 140th Avenue
Honoree: Benjamin Wright Jr. moved to New York City in 1950. He was employed by the City of New York for 27 years, retiring as Assistant Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) in 1996. After retirement, he founded and served as chairman Green World Unlimited, Inc. Hespent the rest of his life organizing and working with community organizations in Southeast Queens. He served as president of the Southeast Queens Democratic Club, president of the Thurgood Marshall Regular Democratic Club, chairman of the board of the S.G.G.C. Community Service Agency, an afterschool program providings tutoring and free meals five days a week, and served on Queens Community Board 12. He was a lifelong member of the NAACP and was a board member and treasurer of the Jamaica Branch. He was also a board member of the United Black Men of Queens where he served as vice president and treasurer; was a member of the Advisory Board of the Emblem Health Insurance Plan; the York College Community Advisory Committee; the administrative board of the Springfield Gardens United Methodist Church; and served as administrator of a GED Program for Adolescents in the Riker’s Island Correctional Institution for Women. (Richards)
Benny Millman Street (Queens)
Present name:Rockne Street
Location:Between Nome Avenue and Bowdoin Street
Honoree: Benny Millman (b. 1961) was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade center on September, 11 2001. [Not in NY Times List]
LL:2003/ 06
Bernard L. Shapiro Boulevard (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Parsons Boulevard and 24th Avenue
Honoree: Bernard L. Shapiro (d. 2009) was a community leader who gave most of his time to the Garden Jewish Center of Flushing. For over 30 years, he gave legal advice to the Center’s board of directors and clergy on a pro bono basis and helped establish youth programs and additional funding for the temple as well.
Bernard M. Aquilino Place (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the southeast corner of Seward Avenue and 235th Street
Honoree: Bernard M. Aquilino (1928-2018) was active in the Rocky Hill Civic Association for over 40 years, and was its president for over 25 years. With State Senator Frank Padavan, successfully worked to prevent the City from closing P.S. 18. He alo found an alternative location for a Sanitation Department garage that had been proposed for the Creedmoor Campus. Mr Aquilino supported athletic programs for local youth and led the successful fight to have the U.S. Postal Service restore the community to its proper name of Bellerose Manor. (Grodenchik)
Betty Davis Street (Queens)
Present name:221st Street
Location:Between 115th Road and 115th Avenue
Honoree: Betty Myrl Victoria Davis (1938-?) was born in Jamaica and immigrated to the U.S. in 1983. In September 1990 she became School Crossing Guard with the New York City Police Department. Her last assigned post was Sacred Heart School.
Betty Jean DiBiaso Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Ditmars Boulevard and 19th Street
Honoree: Betty Jean DiBiaso (1993-2015) was killed in a hit-and-run accident while she was crossing the street at Ditmars Boulevard and 19th Street. The driver, Nicholas Colleran, turned himself in the next day and was later sentenced to up to four years in state prison. In the aftermath of Ms. DiBiasio's death, the Department of Transportation, using community input, developed and implemented traffic safety measures in the Astoria Park area. Shore Boulevard, which runs along the waterfront, was converted to a one-way street with a protected bike lane. ADA accessible curb extensions were also instaled. These upgrades calmed traffic, separated cyclists from pedestrians and shortened the crossing distance for pedestrians. (Constantinides)
Betty Pegen Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of 12th Avenue and College Place
Honoree: Betty Pegen (1912-2008), a resident of College Point for more than 75 years, dedicated herself to cultivation of the gardens at the Poppenhusen Monument Park. She also devoted many hours to other gardens in College Point including the Municipal Park and the Poppenhusen Library.
Beverly Baxter Blvd. (Queens)
Present name:Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Location:From the west side of Beach 108 Street to the east side of Beach 116th Street
Honoree: Beverly Baxter (1960-2009) wrote the column, “On the Beach” for the Rockaway Wave newspaper and participated in many local community organizations including the Queens County Parade Committee, the Rockaway Republican Club, the Rockaway Homeowners Association and the Rockaway Action Committee.
Bishop Curtis G. Norton, Sr. Drive (Queens)
Present name:Marsden Street
Location:Between Baisley Boulevard and Smith Street
Honoree: Bishop Curtis G. Norton was pastor of the Merrick Park Baptist Church from 1960 until his death in 2004.
Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello Way (Queens)
Present name:74th Avenue
Location:Between 175th Street and Utopia Parkway
Honoree: Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello (1938-2013) lived and served in the Diocese of Brooklyn his entire life. Ordained in 1966, he was a professor of theology at St. John’s University and served as an assistant pastor at St. Rita’s in Long Island City, St. Helen’s in Howard Beach, St. Ann’s in Flushing and Our Lady of Angels in Bay Ridge. In 1988 he was named an Episcopal Vicar for Queens South. He served as principal-rector of Cathedral Prep Seminary in Elmhurst from 1991 to 1994. In 1994 he was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Brooklyn. As an auxiliary bishop, he served as vicar for Clergy and vicar for Consecrated Life and Apostolic Organizations. Other pastoral work in which he was involved included parish and ecumenical ministry, drug rehabilitation counseling and leadership in clergy associations. He retired in September 2010. (Lancman)
Bishop James W. Ferguson Way (Queens)
Present name:97th Street
Location:Between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue
Honoree:  Bishop James Ferguson (1925-2018) established a working relationship with Elmcor Youth and Adult Center in 1982. It started with the Junior Choir caroling in front of Elmcor during the Christmas in 1982, and led to an outreach ministry. The relationship has been instrumental to many of the residents, who have not returned to prison, and have freed themselves from drug addiction. He also initiated the Corona East Elmhurst Clergy Association (CEECA), which addresses troublesome activity brought to the attention of the clergy by the local police precinct. Bishop James is credited with the Gospel Explosion and the Gospel Crusade, outdor events involving numerous churches in the community. During the late 1990s, a Health Fair component was added to meet the needs of the community. Bishop James is also credited with initiating the continuing outreach work at Elm York Assisted Living on Ditmars Blvd. (Moya)
Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Way (Queens)
Present name:71st Street
Location:Between Eliot Avenue on the north and the railroad on the south
Honoree: .Joseph Martin Sullivan (1930-2013) was an advocate for social justice who dedicated more than 50 years to improving the lives of New Yorkers in need. Ordained in 1956, he was appointed to Catholic Charities in 1959 and served as Executive Director from 1968 to 1979. During his tenure, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens became a nationally recognized provider of social services, with a network of over 160 programs and services throughout the two boroughs. He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn in 1980 and was subsequently appointed Vicar for Human Services of the Diocese of Brooklyn. (Crowley)
Bishop Moses Taylor Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Between 40th Avenue and 12th Street
Honoree: Bishop Moses Taylor (1924-2004) founded The Long Island City Gospel Tabernacle as well as the Astoria Outreach Ministries and the Center of Hope International (COHI), which provides various services to the needy.
Bishop Roderick R. Caesar Sr. Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 110th Avenue
Honoree: Roderick R. Caesar, was born in St. Lucia, West Indies. He Joined the United States Army in 1919 and later joined the Harlem Pentecostal Church. In 1932, he established the Bethel Gospel Mission in Jamaica, Queens. He purchased 110-15 New York Boulevard and it became known as the Bethel Gospel Tabernacle. In 1947, he established the Bethel Bible Institute and began a full Gospel hour radio broadcast. He founded the Bethel G.T. Federal Credit Union and was elevated to the office of Bishop in the United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Inc. He served as Eastern District Bishop and later as the National Bishop. He served as Bishop Emeritus of the District and National Councils. (Miller)
Bishop Roy L. Gilmore, Sr. Way (Queens)
Present name:232nd Street
Location:Between Merrick Boulevard and 133rd Avenue
Honoree: Bishop Roy L. Gilmore (d. 2007) led an extraordinary life with an outstanding commitment to the people of Laurelton, Queens. Bishop Gilmore had 41 years of ministerial service and more than 50 years of service to the community.
Bliss Street (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 46th Street
Honoree: This reflects the historic name of 46th Street in Sunnyside, prior to the adoption of numerical street designations in the early 20th Century.
Bob Stern Way (Queens)
Present name:Steinway Street
Location:Between 31st Avenue and Broadway
Honoree: Robert H. “Bob” Stern (d. 1998) owned Sig Stern Inc., a popular children’s store on Steinway Street until 1975, when he embarked on a second career as a real estate broker. He successfully led the Steinway Merchants in their efforts to establish a Steinway Street Business Improvement District and was its president until his death.
LL:2001/ 68
Bob Wilson Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Southeast corner of Crescent Street and 36th Avenue
Honoree: Robert Wilson (1933-2003) served in the United States Navy, including four years in the Korean War. He was an active member of Community Board 1, President of the Dutch Kills Civic Association, and an administrative supporter of the LIC leg of the New York City Marathon every year.
Bobby McMahon Way (Queens)
Present name:60th Street
Location:Between Queens Boulevard and Woodside Avenue
Honoree: Firefighter Bobby McMahon (b. 1965) was killed at the World Trade Center during fire and rescue operations following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001
LL:2003/ 06
Boulevard (Queens)
Present name:141st Street
Location:From the intersection of Center Drive and Point Crescent to the intersection of 141st Street and Boulevard
Honoree: In the 1920’s streets in Douglaston and Little Neck were given numerical designations to bring them “in line” with the New York City street grid. In 1970-1971, there was a movement to re-instate the named streets . This was done over a five to six-year period. In that process, this street name was left unrestored.
Boulevard of Bravery (Queens)
Present name:Queens Boulevard
Location:Between 63rd Street and 65th Place
Honoree: This designation honors the members of NYFD Special Unit Rescue Company 4, located at 64-18 Queens Boulevard. This unit was one of the first to respond to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11th. It is also the unit that suffered some of the greatest losses in the City. Seven members of Rescue 4 perished in the collapse of the Twin Towers.
LL:2001/ 71
Brother John W. Donoghue, CSC Way (Queens)
Present name:170th Street
Location:Between 29th Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard
Honoree: Brother John W. Donoghue (1915-2004) was the founding principal of Holy Cross High School, the first Catholic boys’ high school, in Flushing, New York. His career as an educator spanned well over 50 years.
Brother Ralph Clifford Way (Queens)
Present name:Francis Lewis Boulevard
Location:From Horace Harding Expressway to 73rd Avenue
Honoree: Brother Ralph Clifford, O.S.F. (1930-2002) was born in the Bronx as Rodger Clifford. In 1948 he entered the Franciscan Brothers, taking the name Brother Ralph. He was principal of St. Brigid’s Elementary School from 1961-1967. He became assistant principal of St. Francis Prep in 1967 and was a Trustee of St. Francis College for over 30 years.
Buffalo Soldiers Square (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Tuskegee Airmen Way and 160th Street
Honoree: The 10th Calvary Regiment was formed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1866. It was composed of all African-American enlisted men and white officers. It was one of the original "Buffalo Soldier" regiments. The regiment served in combat during the Indian Wars in the western United States; the Spanish-American War in Cuba; and in the Philippine-American War. The regiment was trained as a combat unit but later relegated to non-combat duty and served in that capacity in WWII until its deactivation in 1944. (Wills) [This is one of 18 namings along Tuskegee Airmen Way honoring outstanding units and individuals in African-American military history.]
Burlingame Court (Queens)
Present name:163rd Road
Location:Between 104th Street and Hawtree Basin
Honoree: Local Law 2009/46 gave this street a numerical designation consistent with the area-wide street numbering system. This action restored Burlingame Court as a co-name.

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