Despite Catholic Opposition, Comedian George Carlin Will Have a Street Named After Him

Last October, Kevin Bartini began a petition to name a New York City street — the one George Carlin lived on — after the famed comedian:

That idea didn’t go over so well with the local Catholic leaders. There’s a church on that street and Carlin was no fan of religion:

The Corpus Christi community is opposed to the renaming because we feel that George Carlin and his comedy do not accurately reflect the values we uphold,” Connor Hailey, vice-chairman of the church’s Parish Council, and a freshman in Columbia College, says. Indeed, Carlin had included his rejection of the church’s values in routines…

They say that as if it were a bad thing…

Anyway, the local community board just approved a compromise.

George Carlin will have a street named after him… but it’ll be the next street over from Corpus Christi Church.

The 25-4 vote of Community Board 9, with three abstentions, sends the renaming on to the City Council, which is expected to include it in its next semiannual bulk-street-renaming bill. Those usually pass without controversy.

The block that would become George Carlin Way is the 400 block, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Mr. Carlin, who died in 2008, grew up on the 500 block, between Amsterdam and Broadway.

It’s a great honor for a brilliant man.

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