BENSONHURST – This Saturday, for the 36th time 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, which also bears the name of Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard, will host the annual Columbus Day Parade.
This year, the Grand Marshals will be Councilmember Mark Treyger, Deputy Inspector Anthony Sanseverino (62nd precinct), Nick Pesce of LaBella Market Place on 13th Avenue and Francesca Novella LoCurcio (Principal of PS/IS209) according to the Federation of Italian-American Organizations that organizes the event.
The parade will start at noon at the corner of 60th Street and 18th Avenue and will proceed down 18th Avenue to Benson Avenue.
But as many things in New York – it’s complicated.
For now, there seems to be no movement to strip the avenue of its name, though the city is developing guidelines on how to deal with historically controversial monuments and markers that should be complete by mid-November.
Earlier this summer there were repeated calls for renaming streets in Fort Hamilton that are named after Confederate generals Lee and Jackson.