Street co-naming: Winged Fist Way

Charles Bacon, gold; Johnny Hayes, gold; Harry Porter, gold; John Flanagan, gold.

These men were just four of the 56 Olympic medalists whose names were read on Saturday in commemoration of the Irish American Athletic Club. The names were read as part of the ceremony that marked the co-naming of “Winged Fist Way” (43rd Street and 48th Ave) ­– after the club’s emblem the Winged Fist. Martin Sheridan, who was deemed one of the greatest sports figures in US history after winning five Olympic gold medals, was a member of the club. Special praise was for him.

Winged Fist Way (43rd St and 48th Ave.) goes through the heart of the Celtic Apartment Complex. This was once the location of the Irish American Athletic Club, which was in existence from 1901 through 1930.

Ian McGowan, an historian and head of the Winged Fist Organization, had fought for years to get recognition for the club. He had hoped to get a plaque placed on a building within the Celtic Park complex, but was rejected by the coop board who had a problem that the club’s emblem—since it included a fist raised in the air. Local officials, however, stepped in and decided a street co-naming was one way of preserving the club’s—and Sunnyside/Woodside’s–history.

McGowan, at Saturday’s event, discussed how the club bought seven acres of land from George Thomson (as in Thomson Hill Park) in 1897 when the area was farmland. The club broke ground in March 1898 and over time, the club built an 8,000-person grandstand.

Many of the neighborhoods politicians turned out in support of the renaming. Jimmy Van Bramer, who said it was about time the club received the recognition it deserved, said: “I find it hard to believe that the City of New York could recognize the club but that the [Celtic Coop] board could not.” Van Bramer sponsored the co-naming of the street through the city council last year.

Meanwhile, Congressman Joseph Crowley, discussed how many of the club’s athletes were the children and grandchildren of Irish immigrants, who were victims of the Irish famine. He said that the club was open to all, including John Baxter Taylor, an African-American who won gold at the London Olympics in 1908, and Myer Prinstein, a Polish-Jew who won gold at the St. Louis Olympics.

“Don’t you think it [the club] deserves a nice plaque on the building,” Crowley said. “This is not just Irish history…no matter your race, this is great American history.”



Connect Online


Togel Togel Togel Online Toto Slot Togel Online Togel178 Pedetogel Pedetogel Situs Togel Terpercaya Togel178 Togel279 Toto Macau Situs Togel Bandar Togel Agen Togel Bo Togel Daftar Togel Togel279 Toto Macau Bo Togel Terpercaya Toto Togel Sabatoto Slot Server Luar Negeri rote4d rote4d rote4d togel158 togel158 togel279 pedetogel togel178 rote4d sabatoto Togel279 Rote4d Togel Online togel sabatoto pedetogel Slot88 Situs Togel Prize 123 Bo Togel Terpercaya Togel Online Daftar Akun Togel Resmi Toto Macau Toto Togel Situs Togel Terpercaya Situs Togel Via Pulsa Tanpa Potongan Daftar Togel Via Pulsa Tanpa Potongan Daftar Togel Via Dana Togel Via Dana Toto Slot Bandar Togel Hadiah 4D 10 Juta Terpercaya Bandar Togel Hadiah 4D Bo Togel Hadiah 2D bo togel terpercaya pedetogel togel158 togel158 pedetogel togel178 togel178 togel158 PEDETOGEL PEDETOGEL PEDETOGEL pedetogel pedetogel Togel Via Dana Togel Situs Toto dana toto toto togel togel via pulsa bandar togel togel178 pedetogel sabatoto togel158 togel279 pragmatic178 novaslot88 result macau bo togel hadiah 2d 200rb daftar akun togel resmi dana toto togel158 pedetogel togel279 togel158 pedetogel rote4d rote4d sabatoto toto macau toto macau togel158 pedetogel sabatoto togel178 togel279 togel158 togel158 togel178 togel279 pedetogel togel158 sabatoto togel178 pedetogel