Back in July, the New York City Council announced that it would honor late Steely Dan co-founder and Queens, NY native Walter Becker with a street that bears his name. The street on which Becker was raised in Forest Hills, Queens, will be renamed “Walter Becker Way,” with the sign posted on the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive. The motion to co-name “Walter Becker Way” was put forward by New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District (Forest Hills) by way of a legislative bill, which was approved by a full council vote on June 28th.
Today, more information about the street-naming celebration has been revealed. The festivities will take place on Sunday, October 28th, at noon, with Jim Kerr of New York’s Classic Rock Q104.3 serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Council Member Koslowitz, the councilwoman who proposed the name change, will also be on hand for the hourlong ceremony. The event’s keynote speaker will be Howard A. Rodman, a screenwriter who similarly grew up in the neighborhood and met and befriended Becker at the age of 10, serving as the foundation of a lifelong friendship.
With fans, friends, and family of Walter Becker all scheduled to appear, the street-naming ceremony will ultimately serve as tribute to the life and music of the famed Steely Dan co-founder. The event will also feature reminiscences, trivia games, contests, and giveaways for those in attendance.
For more information on the celebration of “Walter Becker Way” on October 28th, head to the street and event’s website here. For those unable to attend, Q104.3 will be free streaming the event on Facebook Live here.