The Bronx Walk of Fame

Everyone knows about the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but if you're ever in New York, head up to the Bronx Walk of Fame!  My dad and I strolled along the Grand Concourse checking it out after the Yankee game on Sunday (terrific game by the way -- the Yanks beat the Red Sox, Posada hit a homerun, Jeter belted two doubles, A-Rod earned a big RBI, and A.J. Burnett pitched an impressive 8 and two-thirds innings for the win!) 

Notable figures from my hometown borough are immortalized in signs.  There are so many Bronx success stories, and seeing their names up there is inspirational.  (I would like to see even more.  When will Edgar Allan Poe's name be added?)

Here's the list of inductees so far:

Danny Aiello - actor

Army Archerd - Hollywood columnist

Nate "Tiny" Archibald - Hall of Fame American professional basketball player

Aventura - music group

Emanuel "Manny" Azenberg - producer

Herman Badillo - political leader

Afrika Bambaataa - "godfather" of hip-hop

John "Jellybean" Benitez - music impressario

Kurtis Blow - hip-hop pioneer

Angela Bofill - Singer

Ray Boretto - musician

Lyn Brown - news anchor

Joy Bryant - actress

Red Buttons - Comedian

Irene Cara - actress, singer, and composer

Diahann Carroll - actress and entertainer

Grandmaster Caz - hip-hop pioneer

Larry Chance and the Earls - doo wop group

The Chantells - 50's singing group

Domenic Chianese - actor

The Chiffons - 60's singing group

Mary Higgins Clark - author

Willie Colon - trombonist

Rock Steady Crew - originators of breakdancing

Bobby Darin - entertainer

Dion DiMucci - singer and songwriter

E.L. Doctorow - author

Art Donovan - NFL Hall of Famer

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - rap pioneers

Charles Fox - composer

Joe Franklin - broadcaster

Paul "Ace" Frehley - KISS guitarist

Budd Friedman - founder of Improvisation Comedy Club

Sam Garnes - NFL player

Tony Guida - news anchor

Dolores Hope - entertainer

La India - "princess" of salsa

Michael Kay - ESPN and YES Network's "voice of the Yankees"

Robert Klein - actor, comedian, entertainer

Joey Kramer - Aerosmith drummer

Ed Kranepool - baseball player

Stanley Kubrick - filmmaker

Jake LaMotta - boxer and World Middleweight Champion

Charles Latibeaudiere - producer

Rosetta LeNoire - actress

Ed Lewis - entrepreneur

Daniel Libeskind - architect and designer of the new World Trade Center

Hal Linden - actor and musician

Felipe Lopez - NBA player

Joanie Madden - singer and musician

Melissa Manchester - singer and songwriter

Sonia Manzano - "Maria" on Sesame Street

Gary Marshall - film producer, actor, comedian

Joseito Mateo - merengue musician

Esai Morales - actor

Rita Moreno - actress and entertainer

Cathy Moriarty-Gentile - actress

Shelley Morrison - actress

Tony Orlando - singer
Johnny Pacheco - musician

Charlie Palmieri - Latin pianist

Eddie Palmieri - Latin pianist

Charles "Chazz" Palminteri - actor

Kris Parker (KRS-ONE) - rap and hip-hop artist

Regis Philbin - entertainer and TV host

Ed Pinckney - college basketball star
Colin Powell - former U.S. Secretary of State

Gabe Pressman - broadcast journalist

DJ Red Alert - hip-hop artist and impressario

Judy Reyes - actress

Doris Roberts - actress

Adam Rodriguez - actor

Jim Ryan - news anchor

Jimmy Sabater - boogaloo pioneer

Bobby Sanabria - musician

Daniel Schorr - reporter-commentator

Marvin Scott - news anchor

John Patrick Shanley - screenwriter and playwright

Valerie Simpson - singer, songwriter, and producer

Renee Taylor - Broadway and TV actress

Grand Wizzard Theodore - hip-hop pioneer and inventer of scratching

Yomo Toro - "cuatro" musician

Liz Torres - actress and comedienne

Neil deGrasse Tyson - head of the New York Planetarium

Jerry Vale - singer

Dave Valentin - jazz flutist

Luther Vandross - singer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer - sex therapist and author

Guy Williams - TV's original Zorro

Burt Young - actor

More are added each year.  Mr. Poe, you too shall have your day, I'm sure.

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