George Carlin may get his Way after all. After a contentious yearlong battle, the community board in Morningside Heights approved a compromise measure Thursday night to rename a section of the comedian’s childhood street after him.
The compromise is that the block of West 121st Street that Mr. Carlin actually lived on would not be renamed. Instead, the block east of it would. Mr. Carlin’s own block is also home to Corpus Christi Church and its school, his alma mater, both of them frequent targets of his unprintable irreverence, and the church had objected strenuously to the original measure.
The 25-4 vote of Community Board 9, with three abstentions, sends the renaming on to the City Council, which is expected to include it in its next semiannual bulk-street-renaming bill. Those usually pass without controversy.
The block that would become George Carlin Way is the 400 block, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Mr. Carlin, who died in 2008, grew up on the 500 block, between Amsterdam and Broadway.
Kevin Bartini, a comedian who has led the renaming effort, pronounced himself satisfied.
“At the end of the day, our goal was to get a sign to commemorate George Carlin, and we’re much closer to that goal,” he said on Friday. “And it took the church out of the equation, so now we have really no known opposition.” The vote was first reported by The Columbia Spectator.
The Rev. Raymond Rafferty of Corpus Christi Church, who had spoken out against the renaming, was not immediately available for comment on Friday.