De Blasio Signs Bill Renaming 50th St. for Harav Weissmandl

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday at City Hall, before signing a bill renaming 63 public places, including declaring parts of 50th Street “Weissmandl Way.” (Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office )
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday at City Hall, before signing a bill renaming 63 public places, including declaring parts of 50th Street “Weissmandl Way.” (Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office
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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday signed legislation to rename a stretch of Boro Park’s 50th Street in honor of Harav Michoel Ber Weissmandl, zt”l, the hero of Hatzalah during World War II and son-in-law of the Nitra Rav and Rosh Yeshivah, Harav Shmuel Dovid Ungar, Hy”d.

Councilman David Greenfield, a Democrat representing the area, sponsored the bill that passed the City Council two weeks ago naming the portion of 50th Street between 14th and 15th avenues “Weissmandl Way.”

Greenfield called Harav Weissmandl “an incredibly brave individual who dedicated many years of his life to saving countless Jews from mass deportation during the Holocaust.”

A ceremony to unveil the new street name and to install a permanent street sign will be announced later this summer.

Harav Weissmandl, who was niftar in 1957, dedicated his life to saving Europe’s Jews by leading the Working Group in its attempt to delay the mass deportation of Jews. He later reestablished the Nitra Yeshivah in New York.

“Weissmandl Way” joins a list of 62 other streets, boulevards and public places across the city named on Wednesday to honor people or army units, including for some who lost their lives in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“No city cherishes its streets more than New York,” de Blasio said. “…And to have a street named after you is one of our highest honors. The people and the entities that we recognize today will now be a permanent part of our city.”