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Section of Mermaid Avenue renamed to honor Woody Guthrie

Musical memories: Arlo and Nora Guthrie gathered with local pols to remember Woody Guthrie’s life on Mermaid Ave, where he lived for seven years.
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This land is his land!

City officials renamed a block of Mermaid Avenue between West 35th and 36th streets “Woody Guthrie Way” on Saturday, commemorating the late folk singer’s deep ties to the Brooklyn’s Sodom by the Sea.

“Coney Island was our family spot, so for Coney to recognize Woody as theirs was really special,” said Guthrie’s granddaughter, Anna Canoni. “The sounds and streets of Coney Island are part of our DNA.”

Guthrie moved to Mermaid Avenue in 1943, where he lived with his family for seven years — longer than any of his other New York City abodes. During his seven-year stay, the 1940s folk legend wrote around 150 songs, many of which detailed his love for the People’s Playground.

“Blintzes and cheeses, knishes and spam. Go Coney Island, roll on the sand,” goes one of Guthrie’s odes to the People’s Playground.

The family moved to Kingsboro, Queens after their stay in Coney Island. In 1967, Guthrie passed away at age 55 from complications of Huntington’s disease.

During a ceremony organized by Councilman Mark Treyger debuting the new street sign, thirty members of the Guthrie family gathered to remember the folk icon. Attendees traded memories, and Guthrie’s son, Arlo Guthrie — known for his 18-minute protest song “Alice’s Restaurant” — sang a tribute to his father, before Nora and Arlo unveiled the street sign.

“The hope is that people walking around Coney will see the sign and look him up,” said Canoni, who hoped the sign would raise awareness about her grandfather’s connection to the area.

And for many of Guthrie’s family members, the event felt like coming home.

“[Coney Island’s beach] is where I learned to swim when I was about two,” said Nora, who was crowned as the Queen of the 37th annual Mermaid Parade later on Saturday. Her brother, Arlo, was crowned King.

“It’s home. Not just the apartment we lived in, but the street itself,” Nora added. “That’s where the life was, that’s where the food was, and the people, and the conversations, and the “hellos” [were]… and I love it.”

Reach reporter Rose Adams at radams@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–8306.
Posted 12:00 am, June 25, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Local from Here says:
Typical Commies. What’s next, Che Guevara boulevard?
June 25, 9:55 am
K. from ArKady says:
That's really very sweet. It's nice to see that Arlo is still kicking around. Now it can be said, "Meet me at the corner of Mermaid and Woody".
June 25, 11:40 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
LOL at the local idiot crying about Communists. Better go crawl into you safe space, snowflake.
June 25, 12:06 pm
Edsel Ford says:
That’s right Henry, Democrat Socialists are far worse. Look at that airhead AOC and that lunatic frothing at the mouth, Bernie Sanders. What on earth has happened with these Demon rat losers and their supporters?
June 25, 4:37 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Edsel, they lost all credibility when they became brainwashed by a Muslim from Kenya, and voted for the founder of Isis.
June 25, 5:03 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
???????2 POS Racist Idiots. GFYS!???????
June 25, 6:36 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Edsel Ford, we know you're the same racist jacka$$ Barry from Kenya. Go eat a bag of dogfarts, loser.
June 25, 6:39 pm
Glenn Krasner from Parkchester, the Bronx. says:
There is nothing wrong with celebrating somebody who was a major contributor to the American songbook. We have to celebrate our history or we will forget it. Glenn in the Bronx, NY.
June 25, 9:47 pm
William Blythe from Hope says:
Why would anyone use a fake name?
June 25, 10:47 pm
Barry Soetoro from South Side says:
I have no idea.
June 25, 10:48 pm
Warren Wilhelm from Park Slope says:
I have a few ideas.
June 25, 10:49 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
To have a bunch of kool aid drinkers elect you as president.
June 25, 11:24 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Remember Arlo’s claim to fame began as a polluter.
June 26, 8:13 am

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