East Harlem Corner Named For Vito Marcantonio, Seven-Term U.S. Congressman

AMNY reports that East Harlem’s hot spot for political players received an official city honor Sunday for one of the neighborhood’s most prominent leaders.

The east side of Lexington Avenue and East 116th Street is now called Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner, after the seven-term U.S. congressman who served the neighborhood between 1935 and 1951. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the street held special significance because Marcantonio would hold lavish campaign events there during his tenure.

Other elected officials would go on to emulate those events at the same spot with similar success, according to Mark-Viverito, whose offices are on the street.

“This corner has launched so many careers,” she said.

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