Joey Ramone already has a block in New York City’s East Village named after him. The sign for Joey Ramone Place, at the corner of Bowery and East 2nd Street, has the unique distinction of being the city’s most stolen street sign. And now, the rest of the Ramones have a sign that can be stolen too: A street in the band’s home neighborhood of Forest Hill, Queens, at the intersection of 67th Avenue and 110th Street, has been officially renamed Ramones Way. The sign stands in front of Forest Hills School, the alma mater of Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy Ramone, and was unveiled by councilwoman Karen Koslowitz this morning. Check out the spot in question below.
UPDATE: A naming ceremony was held 10/30. NPR reports:
Mickey Leigh, brother of the late Joey Ramone, led the effort to commemorate the band’s origins. Although all of the Ramones’ original members have passed on, among those in attendance today were the Ramones’ former manager, Danny Fields, and the band’s long-time tour manager, Monte Melnick. Melnick, also a Forest Hills High alumnus, says the band’s legacy can be described as succinctly as their songs. “They did what they could with what they had, which was their music. That’s the Ramones way.”
Here are some scenes from the day: