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W Queens street re-naming

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu Aug 1, 2013.

On Saturday two Western Queens neighborhoods will honor two activists by adding their names to the streets.

At 11 a.m. the Jackson Heights community will add Guillermo Vasquez corner to the street signs at 77th Street and Broadway.

Vasquez helped found the Latino Commission on AIDS, the Colombia-U.S. AIDS Foundation, the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and the Queens Hispanic Coalition. The Colombian-born activist became a U.S. citizen as an adult and was well known for his activism for Latino, AIDS and gay rights. He passed away in 1996.

At noon Woodside residents will re-name 51st Street and 43rd Avenue as Lou Rispoli Way. Rispoli, a longtime Sunnyside resident and gay rights activist, was beaten by two unknown suspects in his neighborhood last October. He died a few days later from his injuries. The police are still searching for suspects.

The confluence of the two roadways, known as John Downing Square, was one of Rispoli’s favorite neighborhood spots.

— Josey Bartlett

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