Firefighter James Pappageorge Way

 98th Street & 38th Avenue

James Pappageorge (1972 – 2001)

James Pappageorge was a dedicated EMT worker who became a firefighter just weeks before he died during 9/11. His fiancé, Gina Pinos, tells the story of how he surprised her with an engagement ring hidden in a very unusual spot. James was born in Jackson Heights, Queens and grew up on 95th Street with a tight group of childhood friends that continues to honor his memory.


Audio story, text and portraits of Gina Pinos and Justin Benitez by Áine Pennello

Neighborhood photographs by Joe Caffrey

Portraits of James Pappageorge provided by Gina Pinos and Justin Benitez

Music by Jason Shaw