Name change! Courier and Councilman rush to Lou’s rescue

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Leave it to late Courier columnist Lou Powsner to make news from beyond the grave — and to us to save the day.

We reported earlier this week that “Louis Powsner Way” was coming to the People’s Playground, after the city approved a bill from Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island) — which he sponsored after a gentle prod from us — to honor the writer and civic activist in his beloved neighborhood.

We noticed that the Council blooped when it designated the tribute block as W. 17th Street and Surf Avenue — not Mermaid Avenue where Lou operated his men’s furnishings store for 44 years. We informed Treyger’s people of the need for a prompt correction, but they stuck by the original designation, saying any change at the eleventh hour meant a slew of new legislation.

Naturally, we weren’t happy about that: running with a goof and naming the wrong street seemed more of an insult than an honor to us, not to mention an upset for Lou’s family — daughter Bonnie even called us to call out the flub.

But we’re glad to report that Treyger didn’t let Lou down, and his flack reported a happy ending after we went to press.

“Surf Avenue was a mistake in legislation and will be fixed with a letter to Department of Transporta­tion,” said Connor Greene. “No re-doing of legislation and the family will be happy.”

Lou would be proud that the Courier and the councilman stuck by his trusty motto to “fight for what’s right.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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