On Sunday, November 30, 2003 the City of New York officially named the corner of Bowery and Second Street “Joey Ramone Place” in a ceremony honoring the late rock music legend. The street sign dedication was the culmination of the efforts of his fans, family, contemporaries, community and the city itself to recognize Joey’s historic achievements and contributions to New York City’s scene.
New York City Council Members Alan Jay Gerson (1st. District) and Margarita Lopez (2nd District) officiated. Long time friends Legs McNeil and John Holmstrom, the co-founders of PUNK Magazine, presided over the ceremony. Speakers included Tommy Ramone, Marky Ramone, Steven Van Zandt, Hilly Kristal, Jim Jarmusch, Danny Fields, Lenny Kaye, Kevin Patrick, Arturo Vega, Jesse Malin, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Andy Shernoff, Richie Stotts, Donna Gaines, Meg Griffin, Vin Scelsa, Rachel Felder, George Seminara, Phil Hartman (FEVA), Tish & Snooky (Manic Panic), Ray Goodman and Jimmy Webb (Trash &Vaudeville), Sonia Sanchez (Wowsville), Dave Frey, Sy Hyman, Mickey Leigh, and Charlotte Lesher. Click below to view a photo gallery from the event!