The intersection of Merrick Boulevard between Jamaica Avenue and the Cross Island Expressway is now known as “Floyd H Flake Boulevard.”
Reverend Floyd Flake has led The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral with his wife, Reverend Elaine Flake, for decades. Under his leadership, Allen A.M.E. became the second-largest black church in New York City.
“My family and I are deeply appreciative that this honor is being bestowed upon our hero and patriarch,” said Mrs. Flake. “We celebrate the members of the City Council for acknowledging his contributions by renaming the street that he has walked for 44 years.”
An esteemed spiritual leader and mentor to many, Reverend Flake’s outsized impacts on the community extend far beyond the pulpit.
After being elected to Congress in 1986, he served for eleven years, during which time he authored the Bank Enterprise Act provision of the Community Development Banking and Financial Institutions Act of 1994, incentivizing big banks to lend to lower-income communities.
In addition, he secured hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to benefit the Southeast Queens community, including the Jamaica Business Resource Center, and sponsored legislation to fund an expansion of John F. Kennedy Airport and build the AirTrain JFK.
“If ever there was an individual whose life is worthy of a street naming, it is the Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake,” said Congressman Gregory Meeks. “His legacy will surely last not only with the people that were blessed to have known him, but for generations to come.”
Reverend Flake also secured funding for both the Federal Drug Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration for Downtown Jamaica, generating more than 2,000 jobs and adding new infrastructure to the area.
“Reverend Floyd H. Flake’s contributions to the Southeast Queens are immeasurable,” said Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who sponsored legislation to make the renaming possible. “It is only right that his life and legacy are enshrined in the community he dutifully uplifted for so many years.”