Jennifer Lopez Way? Fans Want Street In The Bronx Named After The Famous Star

©Katrina Davis / Katrina Davis Photography for Welcome2TheBronx
©Katrina Davis / Katrina Davis Photography for Welcome2TheBronx

If there ever was a super fan of Jennifer Lopez, it’s Edgardo Luis Rivera.  Edgardo is desperately trying to get the city to name a street near JLo’s Castle Hill home to ‘Jennifer Lopez Way’.  He’s even started a petition to the city to do so.

The odds, however, seem against him due to regulations stating that guidelines for street renamings state that the person must be deceased or terminally-ill.

According to the Daily News:

“Rivera will spill his heart out to Community Board 9’s transportation committee on Nov. 7.

But the board’s street co-naming guidelines call for nominees to be “deceased or terminally ill.”

They must also have served the community for at least 10 years.

Long criticized as a Bronx no-show, J.Lo has made a push this year to embrace her roots, including hosting a free summer concert in Orchard Beach.

The curvaceous diva also formed a child health center with Montefiore Medical Center.

But the late push might not cut it with the board.

“I always wanted Jennifer Lopez to come back and do something,” said board chair William Rivera. “But to my knowledge, she hasn’t done much.”

And that last line by CB9’s chair, William Rivera, is the kicker.  We all know Jennifer Lopez constantly has used the “Woe is me I’m from The Bronx” narrative but it wasn’t until recently that she actually started to do something for the borough she often uses in her stories.  That being the case, maybe she should settle for a sign on the Grand Concourse Walk of Fame like the rest of our celebrities.

Do you think she deserves a street named after her?


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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.