NEW YORK: The stretches of southeastern Queens are being renamed as “Gurdwara Street” and “Punjab Way” in honour of Sikhs and Punjabis.
The city council is poised to dub 97th Avenue between Lefferts Boulevard and 117th Street as “Gurdwara Street’. A gurdwara is a place of worship for Sikhs.
While, the Council will rename the 101st Avenue between 111th Street and 123rd Street to “Punjab Way”.
“I am proud of the multicultural mosaic of my District and our City and believe that it should be celebrated,” said Council member Adrienne Adams in a statement.
At today’s @NYCCouncil Committee on Parks and Recreation we voted to advance 3 street co-namings in #District28 that I sponsored. I look forward to the passage of Detective Lawrence Cecil Smith Boulevard, Punjab Avenue & Gurdwara Street as they will mean so much to the community. pic.twitter.com/CYX3LwxYNl— Adrienne Adams (@AdrienneEAdams) December 18, 2019
“It is important that diverse communities see themselves and their varying cultures represented in the historical landscape,” Adams said.
“Co-naming Gurdwara Street and Punjab Avenue is long-overdue recognition for the contributions of the Sikh and Punjabi communities both locally and throughout the City,” told Adams.
In the vicinity of Gurdwara Street and Punjab Way, the institutions include the United Sikhs, Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Center, Sikh Cultural Society, Bethlehem Punjabi Church and Chhaya Community Development Corporation.
Meanwhile, the City Council is all set to vote on Thursday on 53 other street renaming – showing reverence for first responders to clergy members and civil servants.Get Breaking news and Latest News from India and around the world on GlobalPunjabTV.net.