Street Co-Naming Ceremony
Honoring J. Max Bond Jr.
On Sunday, November 19th at 1:00 pm at the southeast corner of St. Nicholas Avenue & West 162nd Street the street co-naming ceremony honoring
J. Max Bond, Jr took place.
At the General Meeting Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Community Board 12 Manhattan passed a resolution - by a vote of (31) in Favor, (0) Opposed, (0) Abstain - requesting the NYC Department of Transportation recognize the southeast corner of St. Nicholas Avenue & West 162nd Street as
J. Max Bond, Jr. Way in his honor.
The pioneering African-American architect and educator, J. Max Bond, Jr. resided at 434 West 162nd Street for 32 years, from 1973 until 2005. Max Bond's critical involvement in Columbia University's Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park has left a vibrant and growing legacy in Washington Heights. An integral part of this Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park is the preserved section of the Audubon Ballroom where Malcolm X was assassinated, now the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.
Max Bond was not only an architect but also a prominent educator at both Columbia University and the City College of New York. Max Bond persevered and excelled in the study and practice of architecture, despite the racism he experienced at Harvard University and his later profession. Max Bond never wavered in his pursuit of racial and economic justice within the architectural community and the greater society.