A street corner in the Bronx area of New York City has been renamed in honor of a police officer who was killed by friendly fire.
Webster Avenue and East Mosholu Parkway North has now been renamed “Police Officer Eric Hernandez Memorial Corner”. The new street sign is located right across from the 52nd Police Precinct where Hernandez was assigned.
Officer Hernandez pulled his gun during an altercation in 2006 when he was off-duty and in plain clothes. He was then shot to death by another officer.
Hernandez’s family and friends lobbied for the sign, which was recently approved by the City Council.
Fans of the late comedian George Carlin have started an online petition to rename 121st street in Morningside Heights, where he grew up, in his honour.
Daily Show comedian Kevin Bartini started the petition on change.org which would require council approval. Over 3000 signatures have now been collected. If they are successful the street will be called George Carlin Way.
Kelly Carlin, the daughter of the legendary comedian, said “My dad loved his neighborhood deeply and you know, I think it’s important that New Yorkers know where he came from.”
Carlin died at the age of 71 of heart failure in 2008 after over 50 years in comedy.