New York City honors U2 by renaming street

Tue Mar 3, 2009 5:11pm EST
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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Irish rock band U2 had a 1987 hit with their song "Where the streets have no name," but on Tuesday New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed a Manhattan street in their honor.

To celebrate the release of the band's 12th studio album and their appearance every night this week on CBS's "The Late Show with David Letterman," part of 53rd street in Midtown Manhattan -- where Letterman films -- was renamed U2 Way.

"The Beatles had Penny Lane, Elvis lived on the end of Lonely Street," U2 singer Bono told reporters and fans on the corner of Broadway and 53rd Street.

"We're here somewhere between 10th Avenue and funky, funky Broadway, somewhere south of Duke Ellington Way and north of Joey Ramone Place we find ourselves ... where the streets have no name," he said.

The renaming of the block of 53rd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue will last one week, Bloomberg said.

"It's a beautiful day, to quote a famous Irish rock band," Bloomberg said. "Everyone in this city, including me, considers these four Dubliners honorary New Yorkers."

He gave each of the musicians their own street sign, at which point Bono joked: "Edge just said this is the first time he's been seen with a street sign and not been arrested."

U2's new album, "No Line On The Horizon," is expected to be one of the pop world's biggest in 2009. It is the band's first in more than four years and is being released by Vivendi's Universal Music Group.   Continued...

<p>Members of the rock group U2, Adam Clayton (2nd R), Bono (C) and Edge, hold street signs next to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (L) after a portion of West 53rd Street was renamed U2 Way in New York March 3, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>