River Ave. to be renamed in honor of Mariano Rivera following City Council vote

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Via NY Post: River Ave. at 161st St. will be renamed Rivera Ave. in honor of Mariano Rivera following a City Council vote on Tuesday. The vote passed 47-0. “It’s an honor to have a street named after me,” said Mo. “ I have a lot of great memories driving down that street. My family and I are extremely grateful for this.”

Council member Maria del Carmen Arroyo, whose district includes Yankee Stadium, filed the paperwork after being persuaded by a fan. The Post and Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant led the campaign to get the street renamed. I’m guessing just the stretch of River Ave. alongside Yankee Stadium will be renamed, but either way this is pretty cool. Rivera is being honored for his charity work in the community as much as his playing career. (No, we’re not changing the name of the site.)

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  • Jerry Milani

    I did wonder about what you’d do about the site name lol ;)

  • Hall and Nokes

    Will the Macombs Dam Bridge be renamed the Bridge To Mariano?

    • Pseudoyanks

      Mariano’s Damn Bridge.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        *golf clap*

  • RetroRob

    I checked. RiveraAveBlues and RiveraAvenueBlues are available. I don’t think you have anything to worry about!

    • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

      Might not be the worst idea to buy them and just direct them here.

      Also, this is really cool.

      • Laz

        It’s not like RAB is a high target. People come here because of the content.

        • Bob Buttons

          And anticipation of hat-eating.

    • sevrox

      Rivera Venue Blues? There ya go!

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        That used to be my handle for a little while actually.

        • The Ghost of Brian Griffin

          I was wondering where ya went homie.

  • TWTR

    They are going to have to name something after Jeter too.

    • Mikhel

      It’ll be New York’s new name.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Don’t need to change the name of the site; the “a” just serves two purposes now. Kinda like how the English town of Southampton is spelled with only one “h” despite being pronounced “South Hampton”, the “a” can now just be looked at as Rivera Ave Blues instead.

    • lightSABR

      I’m with you. For Mike’s favorite player and mine, Rivera Ave. Blues at riveraveblues.com.

    • Bob Buttons

      Actually I hear South-ampton a lot too from FIFA or something, them old games where the Saints were actually in the Premier League..

      • And in merrie olde England

        They’re currently 8th in the Premier league.

  • Kenny

    Instead of adding an “a”, why not just shift the “a”? So it would become “Rivera Venue”.

  • Andrew J

    Any chance he comes back after Girardi visits with him.

    • nsalem

      less than zero percent.

  • Kevin

    The site name should really be changed to Rivera Ave Blues.

  • BrianMcCannon

    Didn’t think so, haha. Well deserved of course.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Points to the fan whoever came up with this!

  • bkight13

    RiverAve Blues

  • The Other Sam

    He gets to go home and tell people there’s a street named for him in NYC. Pretty cool and well-deserved.

  • Chris Z

    That’s very nice but honestly, is this a little much?

    The history is on River Ave. can we leave some things? How about an honorary name? Name the train stop after him. Name the great hall after him, but actually changing where Yankee stadium is located? Seems kind of overkill.

    • Council Friend

      Don’t worry, it’s not actually a renaming. It’s a “co-naming.” It will still be River Ave. on maps, but a second sign will be placed on one of the poles at the intersection saying “Rivera Ave.” That’s why the location is given as an intersection rather than as being between two other streets.

  • Innings Duh

    Stephen Drew SS
    Jeter 3B
    Johnson 2B

    • I’m One

      Why not try something different? Stay on topic for a change.

  • Joe L.

    Why not also add an “S” to make it Rivera SAve?