Councilman Paul A. Vallone hosted a street co-naming ceremony in honor of the Matinecock Native Americans. The Matinecock Native Americans are a branch of the Algonquin Nation who once lived in villages where Flushing, Pomonok, College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck are now located. The last of the Matinecock tribe was driven from Little Neck and Douglaston, and graves of the tribe were discovered at Northern Boulevard.
Vallone unveiled Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway in Little Neck as Matinecock Way on Monday, October 5. “Today and every day we stand in solidarity with the Matinecock Native Americans and the Douglaston/Little Neck communities,” said Vallone. “The Matinecock Native Americans have stood and watched over these lands long before the earliest settlers over 375 years ago. Today we honor their legacy as a noble and harmonious people who remain our neighbors and descendants for a long and proud history.”