IRISH rock band U2 had a 1987 hit with their song Where the streets have no name, but on Tuesday New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed a Manhattan street in their honour.
To celebrate the release of the bandâ€™s 12th studio album and their appearance every night this week on CBSâ€™s The Late Show with David Letterman, part of 53rd street in Midtown Manhattan â€” where Letterman films â€” was renamed U2 Way.
â€œThe Beatles had Penny Lane, Elvis lived on the end of Lonely Street,â€ U2 singer Bono told reporters and fans on the corner of Broadway and 53rd Street.
â€œWeâ€™re here somewhere between 10th Avenue and funky, funky Broadway, somewhere south of Duke Ellington Way and north of Joey Ramone Place we find ourselves … where the streets have no name,â€ he said.
The renaming of the block of 53rd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue will last one week, Bloomberg said.
â€œItâ€™s a beautiful day, to quote a famous Irish rock band,â€ Bloomberg said. â€œEveryone in this city, including me, considers these four Dubliners honorary New Yorkers.â€
He gave each of the musicians their own street sign, at which point Bono joked: â€œEdge just said this is the first time heâ€™s been seen with a street sign and not been arrested.â€ â€” Reuters.