NYC salutes a grip of legendary locals
In their final session of the year, the New York City Council unanimously voted to honor Woody Guthrie, The Notorious B.I.G., and The Wu-Tang Clan, with co-named streets in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
According to Gothamist, the 48-0 vote approves the dedication of Christopher Wallace Way to a stretch of St.James Place between Greene and Fulton in Fort Greene, Wu-Tang Clan District as the first name to a street at the southeast corner Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street in Staten Island, and Woody Guthrie Way to a sliver of Mermaid Avenue between West 35th and West 36th Streets in Coney Island. The co-namings for Wu-Tang and the late Brooklyn rapper were largely sparked by the petitioning of local cultural historian and advocate, LeRoy McCarthy, who also spearheaded wall-scaled dedications to The Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, and Aretha Franklin.
See the first street sign for Wu-Tang Clan District in Staten Island below.
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From Council Member @cmdebirose; #WuTangClanDistrict has passed the City Council vetting process, and it is next going to be voted on by NY City Council Members in January (where it should pass). With success #ChristopherWallaceWay & #Wutangclandistrict will become realities in 2019 via @heterodoxxinc. Hip Hop trivia: @methodmanofficial was the only guest rapper on #readytodie #HipHopRecognition #HipHopDontStop S/O to #Shaolin & the @wutangclan! #WuTang #WuTang #WuTang #WuTang #WuTang #WuTang
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