Finally, a Guide to NYC's Honorary Street Names

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Historian Gilbert Tauber put together an on-line database of all of NYC's honorary street names from 1998-2013, from A. Philip Randolph Boulevard to Zora Neale Hurston Place after the idea was suggested by Michael Miscione, acting Manhattan borough historian.  They discuss the results and the process of street-naming.  


Michael Miscione and Gilbert Tauber

Comments [12]

AMHess from Harlem

Langston Hughes Place! E 127 St between 5th and Madison

Mar. 06 2014 12:14 PM
Daniel Spurgeon Dunnam from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I tried to email them at the address listed on the site, but it bounced.

Maybe they'll read it here instead!

According to your site "Mike Lee Corner" in Brooklyn is located at the "Corner of North 6th Street and Berry Street". But it's actually at the corner of N 6th and Wythe (1 block west of Berry). Perhaps both corner safe? I haven't gone to check in person, but a google streetview search makes it seem like perhaps only N 6th and Wythe is actually "Mike Lee Corner". Look up "184 Wythe Ave, 11249" and on the NE corner you'll see the sign. A similar sign is not present on streeview for N 6th and Berry.

I'd been wondering who he was, and google hadn't helped. So I was thrilled to be able to look it up on your site! Thanks so much for all the work that must have gone into compiling the data!

Mar. 05 2014 04:27 PM
Helen E. Moss from Queens

I searched Mr. Tauber's database for Henry Grate Sr. Way given to Remington Street in Jamaica, Queens, where Mr. Grate lived.

Using the webmaster address given, I tried to send the newspaper article about it to Mr. Tauber, but the address bounced. (It was copied and pasted, so I don't think it's my spelling.)

This is where he can find the article, and there are pictures available as well: (Thu. July 26, 2012 02:27:54 EDT):
Jamaica street co-named for local hero

By Phil Corso
TimesLedger Newspapers

Mar. 05 2014 12:32 PM
Ian Lyn from Brooklyn
Councilman James E Davis

Mar. 05 2014 12:00 PM
Ian Lyn from Brooklyn
Councilman James E Davis

Mar. 05 2014 11:59 AM
Judy Young from Union Square

What's the difference between getting a park or playground named for someone and street named for someone. Which is easier?

Mar. 05 2014 11:55 AM
Jean from NY

Not to be too much of a bring-down, but how much money does the City of NY spend on these signs (evaluation by officials, manufacture and installation of the signs)?

Mar. 05 2014 11:50 AM
staten islander from nyc

It's funny, recently I did the same thing only with the staten island ferry names...guy molinari...andrew barberi....marchi and there is even one named after jfk - who needs no introduction...

Mar. 05 2014 11:48 AM
James Nolan from Williamsbridge Road, Bronx

My Father!


Remarks By Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani At Public Hearing On Local Laws
The next bill before me today, Introductory Number 483, sponsored by Council Members Provenzano, Carrion, and 10 of their colleagues, would add, through the posting of an additional sign, the name "Judge Benjamin F. Nolan Way" on Williamsbridge Road, between Pelham Parkway South and Morris Park Avenue, in The Bronx. This location is near Judge Nolan's place of residence.
Benjamin Francis Nolan was born in Manhattan on June 22, 1917, the son of Irish immigrants. Raised in Yorkville and a graduate of Regis High School, Judge Nolan attended law school at night and was awarded the Law Review Gold Key in 1950 by St. John's Law School.

He served with honor during World War II, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. After the war Judge Nolan served as commander of the Van Nest Post of the American Legion. He was also founder and president of the Van Nest Little League and president of the Van Nest Civic Association.

Judge Nolan was appointed to the Civil Court by Mayor John Lindsay in December, 1971 and was elected to a full 10-year term in 1972. He was re-elected in 1982, but due to an age restriction was forced to retire in December 1987 at the age of 70. Judge Nolan continued in public service after being appointed a member of the City Council Redistricting Commission. He later served as a Judicial Hearing Officer until his death on April 18, 1996, at the age of 78.

In recognition of Judge Benjamin F. Nolan's many years of service and commitment to New York City, it is fitting that Williamsbridge Road between Pelham Parkway South and Morris Park Avenue be re-named "Judge Benjamin F. Nolan Way."

For the reasons previously stated, I will now sign the bill.

Mar. 05 2014 11:39 AM
christen from williamsburg

St Cono Strada
Richardson St in Williamsburg Brooklyn is also St Cono Strada east of Union
I lived on this street and loved this, but dont know about Cono Strada

Mar. 05 2014 11:29 AM
Sean from Brooklyn

My first sublet was on

Thelonious Sphere Monk Circle
New York, NY 10023

Best Pianist ever and two shapes in one name. So good.

Mar. 05 2014 10:50 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

With the outrageous new legal assault planned by Letitia James and Speaker Viverito on the little remnants of charter schools for minority kids ....(Did anyone hear the soundbites of the black parents at that rally in Albany?) .... surpassing even de Blasio's stance, how can we RENAME the streets outside the council chambers in their honor?

Some proposals-



Mar. 05 2014 07:26 AM

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