“Walter Becker Way” street sign in Queens being unveiled this month
The street sign for Walter Becker Way, the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive in Forest Hills, Queens that is being renamed in honor of the late Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, will be unveiled on October 28 at noon. (It’s the street where Becker grew up.) There will be a fan-organized event surrounding it, reports Rolling Stone, which will be hosted by Jim Kerr of New York classic rock station Q104.3 and featuring remarks from New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District (Forest Hills), who proposed the renaming, and screenwriter Howard A. Rodman (Savage Grace, Fallen Angels), who was a close personal friend of Becker’s. “Walter’s fans have decades of experience holding ‘Danfests’ throughout the country,” said Becker’s widow, Delia, in a statement. “And they always find innovative and eclectic ways of celebrating. It will undoubtedly be a fun and free gathering to honor and commemorate Walter as only they can!”
Meanwhile, Donald Fagen brings Steely Dan to Beacon Theatre for a nine-show run starting next week.