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Famous ways: Do you know these streets named after celebrities?

Joshua Rothkopf
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Joshua Rothkopf

A planned Thursday New York City Council vote is likely to approve a batch of 51 renamings of streets in the five boroughs—and most interestingly, the group includes a proposed "Do the Right Thing Way" to honor the Brooklyn span of Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street where filmmaker Spike Lee shot his 1989 classic. (Upon catching wind of the idea, Lee jumped the gun last year and posted the above image on Instagram.)

They're called honorific streets (or secondary co-names). Urban planner Gilbert Tauber, a retiree with much time on his hands, has compiled a huge database of them—over 1,500 instances—that you can explore. Warning: This could result in the loss of several productive hours of your day. So we've complied a list of the coolest, most unusual examples, and their locations.

Adam Yauch Park: 27 State St, Brooklyn Heights (formerly known as Palmetto Playground)

Diana Ross Playground: In Central Park, at W 81st St and Central Park West. (Don't we all live in Diana Ross's playground?)

Peter Jennings Way: W 66th St, between Columbus Ave and Central Park West

Jerry Orbach Way: At W 53rd St and Eighth Ave. Law & Order fans, assemble.

Alvin Ailey Place: At 55th St and Ninth Avenue, near the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center

Run-DMC JMJ Way: In Hollis, Queens, of course, at the corner of 205th St and Hollis Ave

Joey Ramone Place: At the Bowery and 2nd St, the former intersection of CBGB.

Humphrey Bogart Place: W 103rd St between Broadway and West End Ave. Here's lookin' at you, kid.

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