Update on Gates Ave. renaming vote

I ran down the essential bits in an earlier post and have received some more information on the proposed renaming of Gates Avenue. The vote, which was delayed earlier, is happening tomorrow, May 30. There are two rallies planned, information below:

Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm

Antioch Baptist Church

826-828 Green Ave. (bet Lewis & Stuyvesant)

Wednesday, May 30 at 11:00 am

City Hall

Call (718) 398-1766 for more information.

On Monday, Mayor Bloomberg finally commented on the matter and spoke against the renaming saying “I think there’s probably nobody whose name I can come up with who less should have a street named after him in this city than Sonny Carson.” There is no doubt this is going to be a contentious vote, one that has seemingly already divided the City Council along racial lines. The outcome and resulting fallout is sure to be interesting, no matter what happens. If anyone out there has more information on the vote, please let me know and I’ll pass it along. I wish I could have gotten this posted sooner, but I didn’t know of this until recently.

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Published in: on May 29, 2007 at 5:58 pm  Comments (1)  

The fight over Sonny Carson Ave.

As I sat down to write this I started to wonder, do people know who Sonny Carson is? He doesn’t have a wikipedia entry, which I found to be very disorienting. Boot Camp Clik has an entry with more information than you could possibly imagine, but not Sonny Carson. Anyway, there’s been a movement in my neighborhood to rename four blocks of Gates Ave to Sonny Abubadika Carson Ave. I saw fliers for a march in support of the initiative about a month ago, but I didn’t know the outcome of all this until the excellent and very local Bed-Stuy Blog had a rundown of events surrounding the proposed renaming. To sum up the salient points:

– Community Board 3 in Brooklyn approved the renaming and city Councilman Al Vann proposed the renaming to the city council. Traditionally, community approval is all that is needed for the council to accept a proposed renaming. Very few requests are ever rejected.

– City Council Speaker Christine Quinn spoke out against the proposal, saying Sonny Carson has a “divisive history” and remanded the proposal to one separate from the other 52 renamings the council will vote on. It appears New York will get a Jerry Orbach Way before it gets a Sonny Carson Ave.

– The story is ongoing and I was unable to find when the City Council is going to vote on this. Members of Community Board 3 have filed suit against the City Council, claiming the removal of Carson’s name was “arbitrary and capricious.”

I haven’t been able to find when the new vote is scheduled for, but I’ll pass along any developments I run across.

Published in: on April 26, 2007 at 6:42 pm  Comments (1)