Joe Captain’s Way – Morris Park street renamed in honor of Giusseppe Tevere
The corner of Morris Park and Hone avenues, where Giusseppe Tevere owned Captain's Pizza for nearly 40 years, was co-named after him on Sunday.
The new street sign displays the name “Joe Captain’s Way” – a name everyone knew him by.
Tevere's wife, Josephine, says she thinks her late husband is "honored in a way that you can't imagine.”
“My husband will be memorialized forever and ever and that's what he meant to us, and that's what he meant to the community, and the outpouring of support just shows me how much he was really loved," she said.
While Captain's was a popular place, people who went there told News 12 it was about more than the food. James Bordes, who grew up going there, said, "people just enjoyed going there to see him."
Though Joe Captain retired in 2018, and died unexpected in December, neighbors say his impact is still being felt in the community, mainly thanks to his insistence on only buying local ingredients and only hiring staff who also lived right in Morris Park. City Council Member Marjorie Velazquez, who represents the area, says Joe represented the best of the area and that she wanted to help honor him.
“When we're talking about what the strength of Morris Park looks like and the story of the Bronx - not only investing locally, but making sure that everyone has a place here, and that it's for us, by us," she said.
Tevere’s family says they hope people think of that love for the community when they see the sign - as well as his generous spirit.