Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Brooklyn intersection named after slain Hasidic Jew and native Jamaican Yoseph Robinson 

 The city will rename a Midwood intersection for a Hasidic Jew killed trying to protect his girlfriend during a botched robbery of a kosher liquor store.

Avenue J at Nostrand Ave. will soon get a sign reading "Yoseph Robinson Avenue" honoring Robinson, a 34-year-old clerk at MB Vineyards, gunned down in August 2010.

A masked man held up Robinson and his girlfriend Lahavah Wallace, demanding she turn over her jewelry. The thug shot Robinson in the chest when he tried to grab the brute's gun.

Wallace spent months working with Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Midwood) to honor her boyfriend's memory with a city street sign.

"This will allow those that don't know to ask who he was," Wallace said.

Robinson, a Jamaican who converted to Orthodox Judaism, kept close ties to both cultures.

"Maybe he can still be the bridge for the communities in some way. It's a fitting tribute and honor to an incredible man," Wallace said.


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