Trying to Remember: Corner of 53rd and 8th Likely to be "Jerry Orbach Way"

News   Trying to Remember: Corner of 53rd and 8th Likely to be "Jerry Orbach Way"
 
Jerry Orbach's widow Elaine Orbach razzle-dazzled Community Board 4 and convinced them to help create a street sign with her late husband's name on it, according to the New York Times.

The board, which governs the west side of the corner of 53rd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan, has voted to ask the city's Department of Transportation to put up a sign at the corner that will dub the adjoining stretch of 53rd Street "Jerry Orbach Way."

The Orbachs lived in an apartment on 53rd Street just west of the intersection for more than 25 years before the Broadway veteran and "Law & Order" star died Dec. 28, 2004, at age 69.

The City Council will have the final say over the sign, though it usually approves the boards' nominations.

Elaine Orbach took her request to Community Board 4 after failing with Community Board 5, which governs the east side of the intersection.

Many New York City blocks and corners memorialize famous New Yorkers such as Peter Jennings, Humphrey Bogart and Joey Ramone. Jerry Orbach was nominated for three Tony Awards and originated such legendary roles as El Gallo in The Fantasticks and Billy Flynn in Chicago. He had more recently become known for his role as the New York City detective Lennie Briscoe on the television series "Law & Order." He also voiced the character Lumiere in the animated film version of "Beauty and the Beast."

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