Queens street renamed for Pope John Paul II

From the In My Backyard Desk, via the New York Daily News:

Years before he donned his papal robes, John Paul II spent time at a Maspeth church with ties to the Polish community.

That visit to Holy Cross Church will be honored when 59th Road in Maspeth is co-named “Pope John Paul II Way..”

The recognition comes weeks before the pontiff, who died in 2005, is set to receive the ultimate honor of sainthood.

“I don’t know of too many saints who lived in Queens or did something significant in Queens,” said Jeff Gottlieb of the Polish-Jewish Dialogue Committee, who worked with City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley to rename the street.

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