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The next bill before me, Introductory Number 618, sponsored by Council Members Marshall, Koslowitz, Sabini and seven of their colleagues, would add, through the posting of an additional sign, the name "Langston Hughes Walk" on the northern side of Northern Boulevard, between 100th Street and 101st Street, in Queens.
Local Law 45 of 1989, named the northside of Northern Boulevard between 102nd and 103rd Streets as "Langston Hughes Walk." That is the former site of the Langston Hughes Library that has now been relocated to a new building on the northside of Northern Boulevard between 100th and 101st Street. This Local Law would repeal Local Law 45 and move the designation "Langston Hughes Walk" to coincide with the new location of the Library.
The Library serves as the home of the Black Heritage Center of Queens County and is named in honor of James Langston Hughes, a well-known black author who wrote poems, novels, short stories, plays, history books and autobiographies.
In view of his tremendous contributions, it is fitting that Local Law 45 of 1989 be repealed and that "Langston Hughes Walk" be moved to the north side of Northern Boulevard, between 100th Street and 101st Street.
For the reasons previously stated, I will now sign the bill.