New York City has dedicated streets in honor of heroes from China, Ireland, Detroit -- and even the Bronx. Here are a few:
Commissioner Lin Ze-Xu Square
Lin never lived in New York, and, in fact, never set foot in the city. Born in China, Lin gained note when, as imperial commissioner of Humen in 1838, he confiscated 2 million pounds of opium shipped there by the East India Company, and had them destroyed. The action sparked China's Opium War with Britain. New York City officials deemed Lin's efforts a symbol of moral resistance to drugs. The square, formed where Oliver and Catherine streets meet East Broadway and Chatham Square in Chinatown, was named in his honor in 1999.
Regis Philbin Avenue
Yes, that Regis Philbin. A portion of Cruger Avenue in the Bronx, where the morning talk show host and former "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" host grew up, was named for him in 1992.
Blessed Edmund Rice Street
Another street named for a non-New Yorker. Rice was born in Ireland in 1762. In his early life he became involved in helping the poor and ill-fed children of his community. He later opened a school and devoted his life to prayer and teaching the poor. In 1802, he founded the Congregation of Christian Brothers, which established missions all around the world. In 1938, a Harlem high school, Ignatius Rice, was named for him. In 1996, he was beatified by the Pope, and became Blessed Edmund Rice. The street, where the school is located, is actually a portion of West 124th Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Mount Morris Park West.
Col. Robert Gould Shaw's Glory Way
Named in 1999 for the Civil War colonel who led the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first black regiment from the North to fight in the Civil War. The story of the regiment was depicted in the 1989 movie, "Glory." Shaw was killed leading his troops on a charge of the Confederate-secured Fort Wagner in South Carolina. The street, in the Livingston Section of Staten Island, is where Shaw lived before going off to fight.
Governor Felix Watt IV Place
No, he was never a governor, but he did help form the People's Block Association in the northeast Bronx neighborhood of Williamsbridge. Born in Detroit, Watt moved to the Bronx in 1946. In 1979, at age of 53, he went blind, but undeterred, entered Columbia University and earned a bachelor's degree. Watt died in 1999, and the block, was named in his honor the following year.