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Sunnyside Street to be Co-Named ‘Luke Adams Way’ Saturday

Source: Pat Dorfman

Source: Pat Dorfman

August 7, By Christian Murray

The corner of 46th Street and Queens Blvd will be co-named Luke Adams Way tomorrow in honor of the late Sunnysider who helped bring the Sunnyside Arch to the neighborhood and who led several local organizations.

The event, which will take place by the Sunnyside Arch at 1:30 pm, will pay homage to Adams who lived in the neighborhood for nearly 40 years, owned a travel agency on 46th Street and was a strong advocate for the community.

Adams died in November at the age of 76.

Location of Dun Bar Travel

Location of Dun Bar Travel (GMap)

Shortly after his passing, several residents banded together and wanted to co-name a street after him.

The street co-naming was approved by the city council earlier this year. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who got the co-naming passed in the council, said: “Luke was so involved in the neighborhood—and on a consistent basis—for the better part of 30 years.”

Adam’s travel agency, Don Bar Travel, was located at 45-06 46th Street, where Happy Photo operates today. He was a key player behind the creation of the Sunnyside Arch, which was erected in the early 1980s to help revitalize the business district.

These elements played a role in why 46th/Queens Blvd is being co-named after him.

Adams was at one time the president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club and

Furthermore, he was the first recipient of the Sunnysider of the Year award, an award that is now named after him.

Location of Luke Adams Way

Location of Luke Adams Way


August 8, 2015, 1:30 PM: 46th St. & Queens Blvd


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Anonymous visitor

Don’t forget to name another street after the silly wig he’s rocking in the photo


It will always known as 46th. St. The arch should be named after Luke . With cherished memories we Love and miss you Luke.

Southside Johnny

Is the arch in good working condition? It should be, after all the work Luke put into the renovation.

Rocky Balboa

Yes, Luke was a nice man but the shilling and rewarding supporters of our local useless politicos has gotten out of hand as have the street namings.


This is a just acknowledgement of a man who built the social structures this community continues to rely on for cohesion, strength, and integrity. Thank you, Luke Adams, for giving so much of yourself to us. We needed it. You live now in Eternal Justice and Joy and we are happy for you.

Craic Dealer

…Or a Latin/Spanish name. There’s a “Maria Martínez Escudero Villanueva Cortés Cruz WAY” and a “Maria Martínez Escudero Villanueva Cortés Cruz PLACE” which one are you looking for, sir?

Craic Dealer

Jeeze, after a while these street signs will be as long as the actual street! Likely no one is Thai, yet!


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