Late Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker will be honored by the City of New York later this year when a street in his native Queens is named in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist's honor. The corner of the street where Becker grew up, 112th Street and 72nd Drive, will be re-named Walter Becker Way at a ceremony slated to take place on Oct. 28 in Forest Hills.
“Walter’s fans have decades of experience holding ‘Danfests’ throughout the country,” said Becker’s widow, Delia, in a statement released on Tuesday (July 10). “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!” The unveiling ceremony is also slated to include special guests, remembrances from Becker’s friends and colleagues and some giveaways?.
The motion to co-name the street Walter Becker Way was advanced by 29th District New York City council member Karen Koslowitz, with the full council voting on the motion on June 28. Becker, who performed along with Donald Fagen in Steely Day for more than 40 years, died on Sept. 3, 2017, after a battle with esophageal cancer. Click here to check in on announcements about the Oct. 28 celebration.