2015-08-12 / Front Page

Sunnyside Street Co-Named In Honor of Luke Adams

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, and members of the community celebrated the life and legacy of Luke Adams by co-naming a street in Sunnyside in his honor.City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, and members of the community celebrated the life and legacy of Luke Adams by co-naming a street in Sunnyside in his honor.On August 8, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, members of Community Board 2, elected officials, community leaders and local residents celebrated the life and legacy of Luke Adams by co-naming 46th Street in Sunnyside in his honor. The City Council recently passed legislation introduced by Councilman Van Bramer to co-name the Sunnyside street, where Adams once owned a small business, as well as advocated for the building of the now famous Sunnyside Arch.


“It is important that we never forget the life of Luke Adams,” said Van Bramer. “His work helped put Sunnyside on the map and has left a lasting impression that will forever be felt in our community. Luke loved Sunnyside and was a neighborhood treasure for decades. By ceremoniously co-naming 46th Street in his honor we help ensure future generations of Sunnysiders remember his legacy and all the great work he did for the neighborhood.”


Luke Adams was involved in daily community work for over 40 years. He was a reporter and photographer for the Woodside Herald for many years and worked on the Gateway Restoration project, which was responsible for the creation of the Sunnyside Arch that has become Sunnyside’s iconic symbol. He received much recognition and many honors over the past 20 years. The Luke Adams Sunnysider of the Year Community Service Award was established in 2011 to honor his service to the neighborhood. He was instrumental in building up institutions in Sunnyside, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club, food pantries and Gateway, which was the source of the Sunnyside Arch and more recently, Sunnyside Artists. He organized demonstrations on Queens Boulevard for more police and created the first comprehensive Sunnyside website in 1991. He was referred to as the “best promoter in Queens” in response to his numerous campaigns to boost tourism in the borough.


“I had the pleasure of knowing Luke for three decades and I know how immensely proud he was of his community and how dedicated he was to making Sunnyside a better place for all his neighbors,” said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), who earlier this year honored Adams with a statement submitted into the Congressional Record. “This street co-naming is a fitting tribute to someone who will not only be remembered for his accomplishments as a civic leader, but also for his generosity and selflessness. I thank Council Member Van Bramer for ushering this effort in the New York City Council to ensure Luke’s contributions to Sunnyside and the borough of Queens are never forgotten.”


“Luke Adams was a Sunnyside icon who dedicated his life to making his neighborhood a better place, and he is deeply missed,” said state Senator Michael Gianaris. “Luke helped to mold Sunnyside into the vibrant, wonderful community it is today. He was a good and honest man who will always hold a special place in Sunnyside.”


“Luke Adams was an outstanding Sunnyside community treasure, a lover of travel, life, and most importantly he was a dear friend,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. “Luke will never be forgotten for his generosity, his laugh and his spirit. His lifetime dedication and advocacy for the Sunnyside community is well known and it is fitting that a street in this community be renamed in his honor.”


“The beautiful and diverse fabric of Sunnyside has been woven by a number of wonderful, talented, and committed individuals over the years,” said Pat O’Brien, Chairman of Community Board 2. “Our friend, Luke Adams, may stand tallest among them, and has left an example in his vision for its growth and success that we will all aspire to continue, and advance, for generations to come. He was the warp and the weft in a very complex loom that has produced a unique and remarkable community that is not just a great place to live and work, but also a great pride, and a great comfort, to all who enjoy the benefits that Luke was instrumental in securing in his work with our elected officials, the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, and so many others. He will be missed tremendously by the friends and neighbors who loved him, and there are thousands of others whose lives he touched that will shed tears of both sadness at his passing and happiness that we had him for as long as we did. God bless you, Luke Adams!”


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