The corner of 73rd Street and Fourth Avenue may soon officially be named “Our Lady of Angels Way” after Our Lady of Angels Church (OLA) which is located on that corner.
The proposal was originally announced by Community Board 10 (CB 10) at its monthly board meeting in March. The panel’s Traffic and Transportation Committee chair, Jayne Capetanakis, said that the committee was contacted by OLA’s pastor Monsignor Kevin Noone in honor of the church’s 125th anniversary that it is celebrating this year.
At CB 10’s full board meeting on April 24 at Shore Hill Housing (9000 Shore Road), Capetanakis officially put the co-naming to a vote before the full board.
“Our committee met and unanimously recommended to approve this application,” she said, before getting that same backing from the panel as a whole.
OLA was noted by Capetanakis as being a “beacon of faith and service” for the Bay Ridge community and that it “serves the community as a house of worship. as a neighborhood center with numerous charitable ministries to help those in need and for their elementary school, now Holy Angels Academy, which has served generations of children.”
Noone told this paper in March that he also wants the parish to be recognized for its contributions to the Bay Ridge community, more than just its religious presence.
“The Ragamuffin Parade emanated from here in 1967 due to the work of our parishioners, and our school has educated thousands of students,” Noone said. “We are also blessed with a great auditorium and gym that local leaders have used for town halls and various health drives.”
One parishioner in attendance at the meeting, board member June Johnson, noted, “I have been a parishioner of OLA for 27 years. It is a wonderful, wonderful parish. They serve the whole community.”
Now that the street co-naming has been approved by CB 10, the request will move to the City Council, as per their procedural rules. The City Council will vote, and if approved, the legislation authorizing the co-naming will move on to the mayor for his signature.