On Sunday, October 28th, the City of New York held a ceremony to officially rename a Queens city block after late Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker. The street sign for Walter Becker Way is now posted on the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive. According to an early release about the re-naming that mirrors the late Becker’s sly sense of humor, “This represents the kind of street credibility that Becker truly would have appreciated!”The festivities were hosted by Jim Kerr of New York’s Classic Rock Q104.3. City Council Member Karen Koslowitz, the councilwoman who proposed the name change, was also on hand for the hour-long ceremony. The event’s keynote speaker was Howard A. Rodman, a screenwriter who similarly grew up in the neighborhood and met and befriended Becker at the age of 10, beginning a lifelong friendship.You can watch a live-streamed video and check out photos from the ceremony below via Q104.3:Walter Becker Way Dedication Ceremony The New York City Council customarily uses street co-naming to honor New York-based activists, cultural heroes, and community leaders whose contributions continue to reverberate in the city and beyond. You can look through a database of other eponymous honorary NYC street names here. Now, you can add Walter Becker Way to this esteemed list of influencers.This is not the first time Walter Becker’s accomplishments have been honored on a public stage in New York City. On October 29th, 2015, the Empire State Building celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Master FM Antenna, which sits atop the world-famous skyscraper and anchors the iconic Manhattan skyline. Legendary lighting designer Marc Brickman—who has also orchestrated Empire State Building light shows for GD50 and Dead & Company—fittingly choreographed the LED Tower Lights to Steely Dan’s 1978 hit, “FM (No Static at All).” The song was written as the lead single for the film FM, which was about disc jockeys working at a popular radio station fighting to keep radio freeform. You can watch aerial footage of the spectacle here.
Hull chairman Assem Allam feels the club can be proud of what they have achieved since he took over two years ago, having moved out of administration to securing promotion to the Barclays Premier League. The Tigers did it the hard way, grinding out a 2-2 draw against npower Championship title winners Cardiff and then having to wait around for Watford’s delayed match against Leeds to finish. But when news filtered through of a late winner for Leeds at Vicarage Road, the celebrations began in earnest at the KC Stadium with Allam and manager Steve Bruce leading the way. “It was fantastic, one of the proudest days of my life,” the Egyptian told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme. Press Association “It was very stressful but at the same time, when we had four or five minutes left, Watford needed to score two goals to be promoted so that gave us a bit of comfort.” City return to the top flight after a three-year absence and Allam revealed it has come at a personal cost, but one he feels was necessary. “Not only has the club been promoted but we’ve come through administration,” he said. “I bought the club in December 2010 four days before the winding up, so it was a case of saving the club, And in two and a half years of my ownership, we’ve gone from what would have been bankruptcy to the Premier League. “To save the club from bankruptcy is what I call dead money, money I would have saved by waiting four days to buy the club from the receivers. “I would have saved £27million in money owed to the taxman, who enforced the winding-up order, and two banks. “But then the club would have lost 10 points, they would have been relegated and this would have cost more and I didn’t want this, for the community to be deprived of good quality football. So I signed a contract knowing that I’m throwing away £27million for the sake of staying in the Championship.”