Community honors lifelong Gravesend resident with street co-naming

To honor a lifelong Gravesend resident, who, through her involvement with Our Lady of Grace Church founded a Youth Ministry program for teens, the corner of East Second Street and Avenue W in Gravesend will now be co-named “Barbara Dattilo Way.”

Councilmember Mark Treyger joined with members of the community to unveil the sign on Tuesday, June 16.

“Barbara Dattilo was an incredible friend, neighbor and an inspiration to so many people across Gravesend and southern Brooklyn,” said Treyger. “I am proud that the community was able to honor her legacy. She worked tirelessly and away from the spotlight to mentor our young adults and help them become productive and caring members of society.”

According to Treyger’s office, Dattilo, who died last year after a 15-year battle with breast cancer, provided hundreds of teenagers from across southern Brooklyn with a chance to give back to their community through service projects. Through the program, called Teen Group, Dattilo also offered participating teens guidance and advice.

“There is no question that her efforts and commitment to the youth of Brooklyn will continue to be felt for years to come, especially through the great work of Teen Group,” Treyger added. “Barbara was a true leader who always put others ahead of herself, and her contributions will always be remembered by our community.”

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