News East Harlem corner named for Vito Marcantonio, seven-term U.S. congressman The stretch of East 116th Street was also home to elected officials after him. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and others celebrate the renaming a corner of East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue to "Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner." Photo Credit: Bill Alatriste By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated December 18, 2017 10:28 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email East Harlem’s hot spot for political players received an official city honor Sunday for one of the neighborhood’s most prominent leaders. The east side of Lexington Avenue and East 116th Street is now called Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner, after the seven-term U.S. congressman who served the neighborhood between 1935 and 1951. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the street held special significance because Marcantonio would hold lavish campaign events there during his tenure. Other elected officials would go on to emulate those events at the same spot with similar success, according to Mark-Viverito, whose offices are on the street. “This corner has launched so many careers,” she said. Community leaders and historians said Marcantonio, who served under the American Labor Party, worked hard for his constituents, especially the growing Puerto Rican population in East Harlem. He called for the island’s independence and fought for civil rights during his time in the U.S. House, according to the groups. At the same time, Marcantonio came under fire from other Congress members for the ALP’s ties to communism and his staunch opposition to the Korean War. Still the congressman’s supporters, like Frank L. Marcantonio, his first cousin once removed, said his passion was for working-class Americans, and that he influenced leaders who also worked hard for civil rights. “We have a direct link to what happened in our history to today’s causes,” he said. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.