Street Co-Namings

New York City has a process to co-name streets in honor of individuals or entities whose contributions to society have had a lasting impact. Though the street retains its original name, a ceremonial co-naming may be added upon approval of the local Community Board, City Council, and Mayor. Streets located within the boundaries of Brooklyn Community District 2 are considered for co-naming subject to the following criteria established by the Board.

Standards

Brooklyn Community Board 2 believes that large numbers of street co-namings diminishes the distinction bestowed upon honorees. As such, the Board upholds the following standards:

Individuals:
  • BKCB2 requests that candidates be deceased for a period of three (3) years before being proposed for a street co-naming. This period provides all parties with the perspective gained only by time.
  • New York City natives or long-standing residents of particular importance to the specific neighborhood where the co-naming is proposed;
  • Of enduring or lasting interest to large segments of the New York City population or who have undertaken an act or acts of enduring or lasting interest to the community; and
  • Whose importance to New York City or whose enduring interest is a result of exemplary acts or achievements which reflect positively on the city.
Organizations:
  • Of particular importance to New York City;
  • Of enduring or lasting interest to large segments of the New York City population, and that have undertaken acts of enduring or lasting interest to the community; and
  • Whose importance to New York City or whose enduring interest is a result of exemplary acts or achievements which reflect positively on the city.

Process

Street co-namings require an act of legislation by the New York City Council. The first step is a public review at the Community District level. The proposal is first presented to a Committee in a public hearing which is open to all interested members of the public. The Committee may vote to pass a recommendation to the full Community Board, who may then vote to make a formal recommendation to the relevant City Council Member. City Council typically reviews street co-naming recommendations twice per year, in April and November.

Application

Email all items to the District Office at [email protected] by January 20 for Spring Review, or by August 20 for Fall Review.

Download a copy of this application checklist here.

  1. Sponsoring individual or organization contact information including name, email, phone, and relationship to the nominee.
  2. Nominee biography including full name; dates of birth and passing; nominee’s relationship to the specific location including the years of local residence or activity; and nominee’s historic or cultural significance, importance to the community, and significant achievements.
  3. Exact co-name as it would appear on the street sign. Per DOT policy, the co-naming may contain 36 total characters, including spaces.
  4. Exact street and cross-street/s AND at least 1 alternative street and cross/streets. Include a brief explanation of why the selected corner or location is relevant to the nomination. Final location is determined by the NYC Dept of Transportation according to their guidelines and proximity to any previously co-named locations.
  5. Statement of support from any living family members of the candidate; include their contact email and phone.
  6. Three (3) letter/s of support from local civic associations such as block or historic associations, cultural organizations, schools, places of worship, etc.
  7. Three (3) letter/s of support from local businesses that might be impacted by the co-naming of the proposed block.
  8. Petition signed by local residents on both sides of each proposed block and each intersecting block/s. Download petition form here.