GNR’s Slash Pushes City to Rename St. Mark’s Block After Jimmy Webb

Posted on: December 29th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

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Famed Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash just elevated the petition to rename part of St. Mark’s Place after his late friend, Jimmy Webb.

The lead axe-man endorsed the memorial designation in a post to Instagram last week.

“How Monumental Would This Be!? Jimmy Left His Mark On St Marks!!! What a Way To Honor An NYC Rock N Roll Icon :)” Slash wrote to his 3.4 million followers, referring to the months-old petition addressed to Mayor de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and other pols.

As previously reported, the grassroots effort aims to co-name the block between Second and Third Avenues for Jimmy Webb. He spent two decades on this block working for Trash & Vaudeville, before departing to create I Need More on Orchard Street.

The “Jimmy Webb Place” campaign first surfaced earlier this fall. As of this morning, there are now more than 5,000 signatures in support.

Despite the celebrity endorsement, though, the road to co-naming is stringent and doesn’t favor Webb.

Renaming a city street requires the subject to meet a host of criteria (see also Beastie Boys Square) – honorees must be deceased, a minimum of fifteen years community involvement, and extraordinary contribution to the area. Also required are a minimum of 75-percent petition signatures from residents and businesses on the block in question.

Pitches are usually heard by Community Board 3, before a possible recommendation to Department of Transportation.

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