BY DOMENICK RAFTER
Editor in Chief
A street corner in Middle Village has been co-named for a Sanitation worker who grew up nearby and was killed in a freak accident while on the job last summer.
On Sunday, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), the DSNY and Frosch’s family and friends welcomed “Steven Frosch Way” to his old neighborhood, and the corner he grew up on, 78th Street and 67th Drive.
Frosch, 43, a father of four, lost his life last June when he was hit by a street sweeper at the Sanitation Department’s Maspeth garage while fixing another sweeper he regularly drove. Frosch, whom Mayor de Blasio described at his funeral as “a New Yorker to the Core,” was also an NYPD officer for over four years, a member of the FDNY and spent 15 years with DSNY.
“Steven dedicated his life to helping others, even before he became a uniformed serviceman. Those who were close to him tell stories of his selfless ways, always encouraging those around him to be their best. People like Steven Frosch are few and far between, and will always live on in the hearts of those they touched,” Crowley said. “I’m proud of this street renaming and thank my colleagues and everyone who helped make this possible.”
Frosch is survived by his wife and childhood sweetheart, Bina, their four children Stevie, Charlize, Frederica and Jesse, and his brother Robert. Before unveiling “Steven Frosch Way,” the sanitation worker’s friend shared that Frosch and Bina had their first kiss on that very block.
“We always had a group and endless laughs, said his close friend, Frank Ciccione to a group of over 100. “The city just recognized what we already knew – that this is Steve’s block.”
Last September, Greg Heihs, a friend of Frosch, came to Crowley’s office to request the co-naming. She backed the request, which was submitted in November and approved by a City Council vote in January.