NYC Honorary Street Names

"L" Honorary Streets: Queens

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L/CPL Thomas P Noonan, Jr. Playground (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Within Thompson Hill Park at Greenpoint Ave, 42nd St, 47th Ave, and 43rd St
Honoree: Lance Corporal Noonan (1943-1969) graduated from Hunter College with a degree in Physical Education. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1968 and was assigned to Vietnam. On February 5, 1969, while under heavy fire, he was killed while attempting to rescue four wounded fellow marines. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Lamine Sarr Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Beach 58th Street and Beach Channel Drive
Honoree: Lamine Sarr (2001-2018) began his community involvement in 2012, after the Rockaway peninsula was rocked by Superstorm Sandy. He began volunteering with the Action Center and he continued until 2017. He was a mentor in a mentorship program at his local high school and he was an active participant in the Rock Safe Street site of the NYC Crisis Management System, contributing to the drastic decrease in gun violence within the Rockaways over the last few years. He drowned on September 15, 2018 while swimming near Beach 86th Street. (Richards)
Lance Cpl. Michael D. Glover USMC Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 134th Street
Honoree: Lance Cpl. Michael D. Glover dropped out of law school at Pace University to enlist in the Marine Corps after he lost a close friend in the World Trade Center attack. On August 16, 2006, he was killed by an enemy sniper while on patrol in Falluja, Iraq.
Lance Cpl. Michael V. Postal Triangle (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Union Turnpike and 259th Street
Honoree: Lance Cpl. Michael V. Postal (1984-2005) a Queens native was killed in action in Iraq by an improvised explosive device during a convoy in Company L’s area of operations.
Langston Hughes Walk (Queens)
Present name:Northern Boulevard
Location:100th Street and 101st Street
Honoree: Reflects the location of the Langston Hughes Library, home of the Black Heritage Center of Queens. It is named in honor of James Langston Hughes (1902-1967), a well-known black author who wrote poems, novels, short stories, plays, history books and autobiographies. (RGPR)
Laura Almeida Egas Corner (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of Northern Boulevard and 75th Street
Honoree: Laura Almeida Egas (? - ?) was born in Ecuador and moved to Queens with her family in 1975. She is the mother of the first Ecuadorian American to serve on the Supreme Court and New York City Civil Court, Carmen Velasquez. She was very involved in organizing the Ecuadorian parade and was an active fundraiser for the family’s church and assisted those with mental disorders. (Dromm)
Lawrence Virgilio Playground (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Existing playground located at 52nd Street and 39th Drive in Windmuller Park
Honoree: Lawrence Joseph Virgilio (b. 1962) was a rescue specialist assigned to the NYFD’s Squad 18, based on West 10th St. in Manhattan. He died in the fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
LL:2001/ 71
Lawrence Virgilio Street (Queens)
Present name:52nd Street
Location:Between 43rd Avenue and Skillman Avenue
Honoree: Lawrence Joseph Virgilio (b. 1962) was a rescue specialist assigned to the NYFD’s Squad 18, based on West 10th St. in Manhattan. He died in the fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
LL:2002/ 28
Leonard Stavisky Place (Queens)
Present name:29th Road
Location:Between 137th Street and 138th Street
Honoree: Leonard Stavisky (d. 1999) spent than 25 years in academia before entering public service as a deputy to the President of the New York City Council. In 1965, he was elected to the New York State Assembly, representing Flushing, Queens. He was elected to the New York State Senate in 1983 in a special election. In all, he served 34 years in the New York State Legislature, where his primary interest was in education.
Leroy H Gwirtzman Triangle (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Bounded by Beach Channel Drive, Cronston Avene and Beach 144th Street.
Honoree: Leroy Gwirtzman (1927-1992), an accountant and World War II veteran, was a civic leader in the Rockaways. He was a member of CB 14; President of the Neponsit Property Owners Association; an active member of the 100th Pct. Mobile Observation Patrol; an Advisory Board member for the Neponsit Health Care Center; Executive Member of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council; a 32nd Degree Mason (Secretary of the Tuscan Lodge for 25 years); and a member of the Jewish War Veterans.
Leroy Jackson Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 135th Avenue and 228th Street
Honoree: Leroy Jackson was a community activist and Co-President of the 228th Street Block Association. He was a caretaker and landscaper of the five-block-long center isles along 228th Street from 134th Avenue to 137th Avenue in Laurelton. He used his own personal funds to purchase "Please Curb Your Dog" signs for the center isles, and was active in the removal of unsightly clothing bins that defaced the community, which made the sidewalks safer for pedestrians. A certified Tai Chi instructor, he organized a community health and exercise program at the Robert Couche Senior Center. He conducted this program for over 15 years and it program continues today. He was also a coach for the Rochdale Little League for 10 years, the longest period in the league's history, and also worked with the Community Computers Program where he set up computers and taught basic computer skills for those who did not own computers. Leroy Jackson received several awards for his service to the Laurelton and Jamaica communities. Among others, he received the NYPD Model Block Award for Community Service from then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. (Richards)
Leverich Memorial Church Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Northwest corner of 32nd Avenue and 102nd Street
Honoree: Leverich Memorial Baptist Church is one of the oldest parishes in Corona, located at 102-19 32nd Avenue. It is a New York City landmark, and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Lieutenant Kenneth J. Phelan Way (Queens)
Present name:69th Lane
Location:Between Eliot Avenue and 60th Avenue
Honoree: Fire Lieutenant Kenneth Phelan (b. 1960) was killed during fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
LL:2002/ 28
Lieutenant Theodore Leoutsakos Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 29th Street and 21st Avenue
Honoree: Theodore Leoutsakos), an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, served for 24 years as a New York State Court Officer and worked perimeter patrol outside 111 Centre Street in Manhattan. He was a first responder during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and was trapped when the towers collapsed. He survived the attacks and was credited with helping many survivors that day. He was awarded the Medal of Valor and was recognized in a proclamation by then Senator Hillary Clinton. Shortly after his retirement, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as a result of his response to the World Trade Center and his time spent at Ground Zero. He died on February 3, 2015 (Constantinides)
Lieutenant Thomas A Williams Place (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:The south side of Queens Boulevard between 64th and 65th Streets.
Honoree: Lt. Williams joined the NYFD an 1962 and served initially in Brooklyn. In 1977 he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1977 and assigned to the 46th Battalion in Queens. In 1982 he joined Queens' elite Rescue Company 4. In February 1992, Lt. William suffered serious head injury while searching fro victims of a three-aarm fire set by arsonists in a building on Grand Street in Maspeth. He died of his injuries on Feb 24, 1992, just over 30 years after joining the department and a few days before his 53rd birthday.
Lily Gavin Place (Queens)
Present name:Queens Boulevard
Location:Between 39th Place and 40th Street
Honoree: Lily Gavin, who died in July 2016, was the owner of Dazies Restaurant in Sunnyside and a leader in her Queens community. She was very active in several community groups such as the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and the Sunnyside Senior Center. She was the honorary director of the LaGuardia Community College Foundation and she was responsible for raising money to repair the Sunnyside Arch sign. She supported the local YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Queens Council of Tourism, and was one of the first women to join the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club. She was also a founding member of the Sunnyside Shines business improvement district and sponsored many events either financially or by providing food. (Van Bramer)
LL:2017/237; 2017/45
Lisa King-Johnson Promenade (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Beach 124th Street and the Boardwalk
Honoree: Lisa King Johnson (b. 1966) worked at the firm of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. [King-Johnson is hyphenated in 9/11 Memorial list]
Little Guyana Avenue (Queens)
Present name:Liberty Avenue
Location:Between the Van Wyck Expressway and Woodhaven Boulevard
Honoree: This co-naming commemorates the contributions of the Guyanese community in Richmond Hill. Guyanese now makes up its second largest immigrant group based on the 2010 census. (Adams)
Little Neck Road (Queens)
Present name:38th Drive
Location:Between Circle Road and the intersection of Douglas Road and Cherry Street (also known as 39th Avenue)
Honoree: This was the historic name of 38th Drive prior to the 1920s, when local streets were given numerical designations to bring them “in line” with the Queens numbering system. This street is within the Douglaston-Little Neck Historic District. .
Lizzie Ruth Brown Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Beach 43rd Street and Beach Channel Drive
Honoree: Lizzie Ruth Brown (1941-2011), a supervisor at the NYC Department of Health for 25 years, was a tenant advocate, and president of the Beach 41st Tenant Association. When the city proposed closing the Community Center at Beach 41st Houses, she successfully campaigned to save it.
Lockwood Court (Queens)
Present name:165th Avenue
Location:Between 104th Street and Hawtree Basin
Honoree: This section of the bill would co-name what is now called 165th Avenue in Queens, Lockwood Court, restoring the historic name.
Lois Sanders Drive (Queens)
Present name:Beach Channel Drive
Location:Between Nameoke Avenue and Horton Avenue
Honoree: Lois Sanders (1922-2003) moved to Far Rockaway with her husband in 1955. She became active in the First Church of God and held various positions. At the National Ushers’ Convention in 1989, she was honored for her dedication to the ministry of ushering. Her life was chronicled by Ann Morris in the book, Grandma Lois Remembers.
Lorena Borjas Way (Queens)
Present name:83rd Street
Location:Between 37th Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue
Honoree: Lorena Borjas was born in Veracruz, Mexico in 1960 and came to the United States in 1980. She became an advocate for the LGBT Community and inspired many people. She made sure people were treated fairly and justly whether it be at health clinics or courthouses. In 2012, she co-founded the Lorena Borjas Community Fund and was actively involved in many organizations including the Latino Commission on Aids, AIDS Center of Queens County, Hispanic AIDS Forum, the Latino Commission on AIDS, She became a counselor for the Community Healthcare Network's Transgender Family Program, where she worked to obtain legal aid for victims of human trafficking. She died on March 30, 2020 of complications from COVID-19. (Moya)
Lorraine Sciulli Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of 77th Street and 62nd Avenue
Honoree:  Lorraine Sciulli (1934-2017) was a member of Community Board 5 for over two decades. An active participant in her community, she was a long-time first vice president of the Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA); served as editor and advertising manager for the Juniper Berry Newsletter; and was chair of the membership committee. In 2012 she was named one of New York State's Women of Distinction, an honor given annually to one woman in each of the state's 62 Senate districts. (Holden)
Lou Lodati Playground (Queens)
Present name:George P. Tornsey Park
Location:At Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street
Honoree: Lou Lodati (1908-1996), a community activist for over 50 years, was called the "Mayor of Sunnyside." He was a charter member of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and also the owner of Cassel's Lounge, where he prepared food for the homebound, and served free holiday meals to those without families. (RGPR)
Louis Armstrong Place (Queens)
Present name:107th Street
Location:Between 37th Avenue and Northern Boulevard
Honoree: Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) is widely recognized as a founding father of Jazz. Through the years he entertained millions, from heads of state and royalty to the children on the stoop of his home on 107th Street near Northern Boulevard in Corona, Queens. This honorary street naming also identifies this block as the site of the “Louis Armstrong House and Archives”.
Louis Rispoli Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of 51st Street and 43rd Avenue
Honoree: Louis Rispoli, a 30 year resident of Sunnyside, was a gay rights activist and arts and music supporter. He had been out for a walk at 2:15am when he was attacked by three men. He died of his injuries five days later.
Lowery Street (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of Queens Boulevard and 40th Street
Honoree: This reflects the historic name of 40th Street in Sunnyside, prior to the adoption of numerical street designations in the early 20th Century.
Lt. Kevin Pfeifer Place (Queens)
Present name:79th Place
Location:Between Furmanville Avenue and Juniper Valley Road
Honoree: Fire Lieutenant Kevin Pfeifer (b. 1959) was killed during fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
LL:2002/ 28
Lt. Michael P. Warchola Way (Queens)
Present name:84th Place
Location:Between Furmanville Avenue and 64th Road
Honoree: Fire Lieutenant Michael P. Warchola (b. 1950 was killed during fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
LL:2002/ 28
Lt. Paramedic Edith Elida Torres Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of 21st Street and 34th Avenue
Honoree: Edith Elida Torres (1970-2017) served as a paramedic for 23 years. Saving lives was the only calling she ever had. Like many of her fellow Bravest and Best, she rushed to the World Trade Center despite being off duty on the morning of September 11, 2001. She spent the rest of the day working the pile, rescuing survivors and looking for her colleague Carlos Lillo, who unbeknownst to Torres, had lost his life in the collapse of the south tower. She continued on in her duty, rising to the rank of lieutenant in 2005. She also collaborated with Lillo’s family to honor him by having a park named in his memory as well as with the Carlos Lillo Memorial Paramedic Scholarship. She died of 9/11 related illness. (Constantinides)
Lt. Peter J. Farrenkopf Place (Queens)
Present name:207th Street
Location:Between 23rd Avenue and 26th Avenue
Honoree: Peter J. Farrenkopf was a 30 year veteran of the FDNY. He died on October 18, 2009 of glioblastoma which doctors have attributed to his working at the WTC site during the recovery operation after September 11, 2001.
Lt. Steven J. Bates Street (Queens)
Present name:74th Street
Location:Between 78th Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
Honoree: Fire Lieutenant Steven J. Bates (b. 1958) was killed during fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
LL:2002/ 28
Lucia Crifasi Street (Queens)
Present name:69th Street
Location:Between Central Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
Honoree: Lucia Crifasi (b. 1950) worked for American Express at the World Trade Center. She was killed in the terrorist attack of September, 11 2001.
LL:2003/ 06
Luis Alvarez Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of 50th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard
Honoree: Luis Alvarez (1965-2019) was a retired NYPD bomb squad detective who died from complications of cancer linked to 9/11 related illness. He worked with other first responders during the search and rescue operation at Ground Zero. He also worked tirelessly for an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. (Van Bramer)
Luke Adams Way (Queens)
Present name:46th Street
Location:Between Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue
Honoree: Luke Adams (1938-2014) a reporter and photographer for the Woodside Herald, was deeply involved in the Sunnyside-Woodside community for over 40 years. He served as president of Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club, vice president of Sunnyside Artists, and president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. He organized demonstrations on Queens Boulevard for more police and created the first comprehensive Sunnyside website in 1991. He earned $7,000 for local food pantries, created a Lions fundraising book with recipes from Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro, had his own newsletter, “Street Talk”, and compiled “Good Old Days” photos of historic Sunnyside. He donated to numerous charities, including Boys Scouts of America, and worked on the Gateway Restoration project, which created the iconic Sunnyside Arch. (Van Bramer)
Lutheran Place (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:Southwest corner of 86th Street south of 101st Avenue
Honoree: This street name honors Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, which has been located at 85-20 101st Avenue since the early 1900s.
Luz Colon Place (Queens)
Present name:Baxter Avenue
Location:Between Broadway and Layton Street
Honoree: Luz. C. Colon (1946-2003) worked for the Department of Youth and Community Development as the Queens site center manager for Citizenship New York City, a program geared helping legal permanent residents to become US Citizens. Involved in her community, she was 1st Vice President of the Queens Hispanic Parade..
Lynda McDougald Way (Queens)
Present name:25th Avenue
Location:Between Ericsson Street and Curtis Street
Honoree: Lynda McDougald (dates?) moved to Curtis Street in East Elmhurst in 1965. In her youth, she attended PS 127, Flushing High School and worshipped at the Corona Congregational Church. In the 1960s, she was a Civil Rights pioneer. She marched on Washington with Dr. King, and participated in a sit-in at the Department of Education. She founded the networking/investment group Wealth of Knowledge that is now known as Endeavors Unlimited. In 1991, she joined the staff of the Abyssinian Baptist Church and served as its membership and ministry manager. In 1978, she was a founding member of the Curtis Street Block Association and served as the president many times. as . She was also the president of the East Elmhurst-Corona Civic Association. She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church of Corona, Community Board 3, the Jerome Hardeman Sr. Child Care center, the Frederick Douglass Democratic Association, the NAACP, and the 115th Precinct Council. (Moya)

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