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.