Monday, September 23, 2013

Cornell Edwards Way


[Saturday morning]

On Saturday morning, the office of City Councilmember Rosie Mendez led a co-naming ceremony on East 13th Street between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

It is now also known as Cornell Edwards Way.



This is in honor of Edwards, who opened The Flower Stall at 143 E. 13th St. in 1967. He passed in April 2011.

It Was Her New York wrote about Edwards and his role on the block for so many years.

"Cornell wasn't just a neighbor to the people on his block. Cornell was a neighbor to his neighborhood."

It Was Her New York shared three stories about Edwards in October 2011. You may find those here ... here ... and here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how these street (and bridge) name changes get paid for? If even a penny comes out of our taxes it is digraceful to me that we spend on such things instead of for actual critical needs.

Anonymous said...

I have lived around the corner from Mr. Edwards (former) shop for 25 years. He was a lovely person and part of the New York that is passing literally and figuratively from the face of the city. The small amount of money for this sign... and the others around the city... are a worthy memorial to the people who worked (and in some cases lost their lives) to help make NYC a better place. JMHO.

Anonymous said...

It is nice to honor a neighbor, but you could post a number of these signs on some blocks where numerous outstanding people have lived and worked and so many of the truly worthy people are ignored. It might be a better idea to create memorials dedicated to more than one person.