New York Street Named After Tenzing Norgay

The effort to name the street after Norgay had been ongoing for several years

Himalaya Times
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The 75 Street, Broad Way and Woodside in Queens Borough, New York State, USA, has been named after Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first man to set foot at the world's highest mountain Everest.

The naming was done marking the 70th anniversary of Norgay's historic ascent of Mount Everest with Edmund Hillary of New Zealand in 1953. Norgay died in 1986 at the age of 71, while Hillary passed away in 2008 at the age of 88.

The City Council of District 25 of Queens, New York endorsed last April for naming the road after Sherpa in response to the proposal by the United Sherpa Kidung and the USA Nepal Climbers Association.

The effort to name the street after Norgay had been ongoing for several years. In 2017, the United Sherpa Association (USA), Inc proposed co-naming 75th Street to reflect Nepal to the then City Council member Daniel Dromm from the 25th District. The proposal at the time included several possible names, including Nepal Street, Sagarmatha Street, Gautam Buddha Street, and Lumbini Street. However, it took several years for the proposal to gain traction and for the co-naming of the street after Norgay to become a reality.

Finally, in 2021, the proposal to co-name the street after Norgay was passed by the City Council. Although the original proposal was to name the entire street from Roosevelt Avenue to Woodside, only the two blocks of 75th Street from Broadway to Woodside will be co-named after Norgay. A request was made to place three Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Way signs on Broadway, 41st Avenue, and Woodside Avenue, but only one sign will be placed on 41st Avenue.

After nearly six years of effort, the co-naming of 75th Street after Tenzing Norgay Sherpa is a significant achievement for the Nepali community in New York and a recognition of Norgay's legacy as a pioneering mountaineer.

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