Petition started to get street in the Bronx named after Jennifer Lopez

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THE BRONX (PIX11) -- Should "Jenny from the Block" get her own block?

If Bronx resident and fan Egardo Luis Rivera gets his way, then Jennifer Lopez Way would be on a street sign in Castle Hill. He even wants it to be on Blackrock Avenue, the street where JLo grew up.

"I just want to rename the street after her," Rivera said.

But getting that done will not be easy. "I'm optimistic even though everybody tells me it's an uphill battle," he said.

In order for a street to be named after someone, it must first pass the local community board, then go to the City Council.

Rivera plans to cite Jennifer Lopez as a role model with major accomplishments in the entertainment industry. But according to Community Board 9 Chairman William Rivera, the criteria for street naming goes way beyond that.

"For most instances they are deceased or terminally ill," Rivera said.

JLo may have that working against her, but another possible strike: Her local community service record.

She did stage a free concert at Orchard Beach last summer and she contributed to the Montefiore Medical Center's Healthy Childhood Center. But CB 9's Rivera has pointed out that neither one was within the district.

"I don't know anything directly related to her helping the community," he told PIX11 Thursday.

Still, Edgardo Luis Rivera plans to do his best to sway the community board. He wants to present the petition to them in November.

As of Thursday night, he had more than 1,300 signatures on his change.org petition.

10 comments

  • William Vanderburg

    He’ll! No, she forgotten about the Bronx or where she came from…
    I remember when she started out as a dancer on the tv show
    In Living Colors, what have she DONE for the Bronx????
    Absolutely nothing!

  • Jennifer

    no her name shouldn’t be up there she never did anything for that block she at the better then anybody just because she’s famous she do t even visit

  • Bibi Velazquez

    I truly believe we should have Jennifer Lopez street named after her, when you do something for your town or country, you shouldn’t have to announce it, or talk about it , just do it , and she has and has come a long way, my respect to her as a great entertainer and performer, love you J.Lo, you deserve this and much more , God Bless you and family!!!

  • pedro

    I don’t think her name should be up there because like the honorable CB 9 counsilman Rivera said only dead or people that had contributed something positive to society should rewarded.

  • Jackie

    Why not???…If Gary Puckett can have his name in MN, his birth home town…(and he’s not dead or terminally ill) why can’t she have it? I say yes!

  • Henry Frederick

    Oh hell to the no. I wouldnt name a rotting egg salad sandwich after her.the late ed koch, derek jeter, jacob javitz, brooke astor, thurman munson,& roberto clemente deserve that honor, not her.

  • lewis colon

    She does deserve this she is a great artist and she dosent forget where she came from and gives back to her community

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