Mott Haven street renamed in honor of South Bronx leader
The intersection of 149th Street and Prospect Avenue received a new name – ‘Commissioner Luis E. Rios Way”.
Luis Rios was a pillar for the South Bronx community. He was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the Bronx as a child. He developed a passion for boxing and his community very early on in life.
Family, friends, and admirers of the Bronx advocate gathered for a ceremony on the renamed street to honor his contributions to the Bronx. He was an owner of multiple businesses and was the commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission.
He passed in 2008, but residents of the neighborhood say his legacy is alive and well.