Queens Street Name Stories
Queens Street Name Stories is an oral history and audio documentary project based in the Corona, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst neighborhoods of Queens, New York.
It tells the personal stories behind local place names through interviews with family, friends and colleagues of local residents who were honored with a public space named after them posthumously.
STREET STORY LOCATIONS
If you’d like to name a street or public space after a community hero or loved one, you’ll need to get in touch with your local community board and follow their guidelines closely. Each community board has different rules but standard criteria across the city requires proof that the person made significant contributions to the community and is deceased. Once you have your community board’s support, they’ll send the proposal — along with all other proposed street names — to the City Council and Mayor for approval.
To find out which community district you live in, visit NYC’s community boards website and scroll to find your neighborhood. You can also use the NYC boundaries map. Type in your address and click through to the community district website on the left.
Queens Street Name Stories is a collaborative oral history and audio documentary project of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY‘s NYCity News Service and the Queens Memory Project at Queens Public Library. It aims to share and preserve the stories behind local honorary place names through in-depth audio interviews with the friends, family or colleagues of local residents who had a street or other public space named after them posthumously.
All audio was recorded, produced and edited by graduate journalism students at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. To learn more about the stories of the individuals whose names grace public spaces across the borough of Queens, visit the Queens Memory Project’s Queens Name Explorer map.
Project Contributors: Hari Adivarekar, Sonja Anderson, Kimberly Izar, Asar John, Mariam Kiparoidze, Sarah Luft, Amanda McHugh, Mike Matteo, Divya Murthy, Áine Pennello, Maria Dolores Martinez Perez, Gabe Rodriguez-Torres, Zakiyyah Woods
Faculty Advisor and Editor: Kalli Anderson
Site Design: Chris McKenna
Graphic Design: Rosaleen Ortiz
Queens Memory Project Leads: Meral Agish and Natalie Milbrodt
Jim Burke and the 34th Ave Open Street Coalition
The Corona branch of Queens Public Library
Carolina Valencia and Daniel LaPlaza of Epicenter-NYC
Header photograph by Joe Caffrey
For more information about ongoing oral history projects in Queens, visit the Queens Memory website or email [email protected]. To share your stories and photos of people honored with place names in Queens, visit the Queens Name Explorer map and click the Add/Edit button in the top right corner.