Elie Wiesel received a posthumous honor on Tuesday, as New York City renamed a Manhattan street corner in honor of the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor in a ceremony attended by Mayor Bill de Blasio and family members.
“Elie Wiesel was perhaps the most eloquent voice for peace in our world. New York City is proud to honor his memory,” de Blasio tweeted after the event, in which he re-named the southwest corner of Central Park West and West 84th Street for the recently deceased Wiesel.
Wiesel, whose Holocaust memoir “Night” won him international acclaim and led to a career as a defender of human rights, was a resident of New York City for decades, living in an apartment near Central Park. He died last July at the age of 87.
Daniel J. Solomon is the former Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.
Elie Wiesel Honored With New York Street Name