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You Can Help KISS Get A New York City Street Corner Named After Them

"You wanted the best? You got the street."


New York City's iconic West 23rd Street and 8th Avenue might soon get a rock 'n' roll makeover. A public assembly is set for April 17 to debate renaming or co-naming this street corner in honor of Kiss. For those unable to attend in person, there's an option to join virtually via Zoom or send in comments by email until noon on April 16.

Hosted by the Manhattan Community Board No. 4 at their office on 424 W. 33rd Street at 6:30 p.m., the meeting promises to provide insights into the proposal. Attendees will have the chance to learn about the plans, pose questions, or share their opinions on the matter.

The cover art for Kiss' third album, Dressed To Kill, was photographed right at the intersection of West 23rd Street and 8th Avenue. The album sleeve captures the band members clad in business attire adorned with their iconic Kiss makeup.

The Transportation Planning Committee of Manhattan Community Board No. 4, responsible for this meeting, oversees various aspects such as street closures, and sidewalk installations like newsstands or phone booths, and advocates for street and sidewalk maintenance and improved transit services. They also collaborate with the Department of Transportation on matters like parking regulations, street design, and traffic patterns.

For those unfamiliar with Kiss' roots, the band was founded in New York City in 1973 by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, joined by original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer stepped in on lead guitar and drums for the band's tours during the last two decades.

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