Legendary Comedian May Get a Slice of New York City Named After Him

Sep 9, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A legendary comedian who grew up on West 121st Street in Manhattan may get the block named after him, the New York Post reports. Fans and family of George Carlin are petitioning the city to agree to the ceremonial renaming, the story reports.

Carlin relied on his childhood on the block for material, the piece notes. In one bit, he said his friends preferred to call the block "White Harlem," because it sounded less "sissy" than Morningside Heights.

"I think he would have been really touched by this,” said Carlin’s daughter Kelly, who spread some of his ashes at 519 W 121st Street, his childhood home. “His neighborhood meant everything to him. He stayed connected with his roots, and remained close with friends and people from there.”

Comedian Kevin Bartini has collected hundreds of signatures on the street and thousands online in support of the renaming, the story says. If he can demonstrate Carlin’s contribution to the neighborhood, the change could be approved within the next 12 to 18 months, the story says.

Carlin died of heart failure in 2008, at 71.

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