2016-11-23 / Front Page

Maspeth Street Co-Named ‘Easter Rising Way’

City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley unveiled “Easter Rising Way” along 53rd Avenue, from 65th Place to 64th Street. She was joined by state Senator Joseph Addabbo, Council Member Daniel Dromm, and prominent Irish figures, including Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, and Consul General of Ireland Barbara Jones.
City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley unveiled “Easter Rising Way” along 53rd Avenue, from 65th Place to 64th Street. She was joined by state Senator Joseph Addabbo, Council Member Daniel Dromm, and prominent Irish figures, including Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, and Consul General of Ireland Barbara Jones. On what was a historic day for the Maspeth community, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley unveiled “Easter Rising Way” along 53rd Avenue, from 65th Place to 64th Street.
This thoroughfare is on the Maspeth Plateau, which is the highest ground in western Queens, providing a view of the city skyline and Calvary Cemetery in the near distance. Since 1848, Calvary Cemetery has been home to a multitude of deceased Irish Americans, and a cherished location for monuments celebrating Irish contributions to American history, including one for the Irish unit of the United States Army 69th Infantry, and another for the Irish Freedom Fighters.
The co-naming is meant to honor the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland – a watershed moment in the long fight that led to Irish independence from Britain. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the rebellion.
“Today, we commemorate the willful determination of the Irish people to chart their own futures. When our Irish ancestors saw injustices, they fought to make things right, to provide better lives and better opportunities for themselves and their children. These are values that are still fought for today both in Ireland and here in America,” Crowley said to a crowd of more than 300 people, from Queens and abroad.
“Easter Rising Way will remind us of the struggle for equality, the progress we have made and injustices that are real here and abroad. We must continue to carry these values in our hearts and in our actions. And the transformation and name change of this staircase is symbolic of that struggle,” she continued.
The ceremony included prominent Irish figures, including Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and Consul General of Ireland Barbara Jones.


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