As we first reported on Oct. 5, there's an ongoing campaign to co-name part of St. Mark's Place after the late Jimmy Webb.
The online petition is nearing 4,500 signatures, including Jimmy's friend Slash from Guns N' Roses.
Tomorrow (Sunday!), employees from Webb's former boutique, I Need More, will be on St. Mark's Place to collect more signatures to co-name the block between Second Avenue and Third Avenue Jimmy Webb Place
Webb, a familiar figure in the East Village during his long tenure as the manager and buyer at Trash & Vaudeville, died on April 14 of cancer. He was 62.
He started working at his dream destination, Trash & Vaudeville, in 1999, and remained there until the shop relocated from 4 St. Mark's Place to Seventh Street in 2016. He opened I Need More on Orchard Street in October 2017. That store closed this past summer.
The process of co-naming a street within the confines of Community Board 3 is explained on this PDF.
Maybe we should just call it St. Jimmy’s Place.
And rename St Mark's between Ave. A and 1st Ave. St. Mick's Place....
Jimmy Webb, a wonderful person who had a cultural impact on New York and fashion in general. If NYC was to honor him, I have no problem with that. But why do we do this thing with street names and put up extra street signs that confuse everyone? Why not just put a statue with a plaque of him on the block? That way nobody gets confused about what street they are on. And hey, how does St. Mark feel about this, he is probably feeling dissed up in heaven?
I've lived in NYC my whole life (and for the past 15 years have lived on a street with one of these extra street signs) and I have never been confused by them. I don't think that's a major concern. I do agree a plaque outside the former Trash + Vaudeville would be a nice alternative if this doesn't pass though!
This is such a great idea. It would be incredible to name part of the street for Mary DuBois who started a cholera clinic on this block. Maybe it could be a rotating honor to celebrate the many people who have impacted the community from fashion guys like Jimmy to health pioneers like Mary. There is such a rich history on this strip of New York.
I've had Google maps verbally and visually indicate the co-name instead of the standard name, which is confusing.
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