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Common spelling of Ozone Park street has been wrong all along

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:17 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

Centreville Street is a well-known, mostly residential street in Ozone Park. The most popular of the neighborhood “back roads” — secondary streets used by residents to access the Belt Parkway without having to use congested corridors like Cross Bay and Lefferts boulevards — Centreville has two segments, one between the Belt and Pitkin Avenue and another between Linden and Rockaway boulevards, separated by the A train viaduct.

If you’re telling yourself “This stupid reporter spelled the street name wrong!” keep reading, because he didn’t.

Though most Ozone Park residents will tell you the street’s name is C-E-N-T-E-R-V-I-L-L-E , it’s not correct.

Scott Gastel, a spokesman for the city Department of Transportation, confirmed the agency officially spells the street’s name C-E-N-T-R-E-V-I-L-L-E, and it sounds just like it’s spelled.

Howie Kamph, president of the Ozone Park Civic Association and longtime resident of the Centreville section of Ozone Park, which gets its name from the street, said that the city’s spelling is correct and the wrong spelling is due to people mispronouncing the name of the community.

“Everybody pronounces the name wrong,” said Kamph, who has the correct spelling on his civic group’s newsletter.

The community of Centreville, which is the section of Ozone Park around the street that it takes its name from, is actually pronounced Sen-TRUH-vill and not the common Sen-TER-vill.

The wrong spelling is so common, local realtors often use it in real estate ads and even residents use it in their addresses. Some street signs even have the wrong spelling.

Gastel said the misspelled street signs will be replaced.

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