Comedian George Carlin honored: New York street named after him

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MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan (PIX11) -- After a long uphill battle, late-comedian George Carlin finally got his due getting a section of West 121st Street in his old neighborhood of Morningside Heights re-named in his honor.

As family and supporters know all too well, the tribute didn't materialize overnight.

Carlin, known for his crude standup, would sometimes target religion as well as nearby Corpus Cristi Church -- the same church he attended as a child.

So when comedian Kevin Bartini led the charge to honor Carlin it was met by resistance from the church. It claimed the tribute to Carlin would encourage neighborhood children to look up and learn about the comedian.

"That was their public stance, to protect the children against seeing the sign, Googling 'George Carlin' and hearing 4-letter words," Bartini told PIX11 News.

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CANADA - MAY 10: George Carlin. A suburban Lenny Bruce (Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Sally Wade delivers remarks at the George Carlin Way Unveiling Ceremony on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 9: Comedian George Carlin and date attends the premiere of 'Jersey Girl' on March 9, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Sally Wade delivers remarks at the George Carlin Way Unveiling Ceremony on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL -- Episode 35 -- Aired 5/10/1974 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musician Buffy Sainte-Marie, Comedian George Carlin -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Gilbert Gottfried and Kelly Carlin attend the George Carlin Way Street Sign Unveiling on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Colin Quinn attends the George Carlin Way Street Sign Unveiling on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Owner of Carolines Comedy Club Caroline Hirsch attends the George Carlin Way Unveiling Ceremony on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 6: Tom Smothers, George Carlin and Dick Smothers on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR. Image dated January 6, 1969. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Aired 07/05/1974 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor David Carradine and guest host George Carlin on July 5, 1974 -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank/Paul Drinkwater
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Kelly Carlin attends the George Carlin Way Street Sign Unveiling on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2047 -- Air Date 04/27/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Jay Leno watches comedian George Carlin perform on April 27, 2001 -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
THE FLIP WILSON SHOW -- Episode 19 -- Air Date 02/15/1973 -- Pictured: Comedian George Carlin -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Comedians Kevin Bartini, Sally Wade, Patrick Carlin and Kelly Carlin pose at the George Carlin Way Street Sign Unveiling on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18: Comedian George Carlin speaks about his new book 'When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?' at a book signing at Barnes and Noble October 18, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Sally Wade attends the George Carlin Way Street Sign Unveiling on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian George Carlin, host Jay Leno on November 18, 1992 -- (Photo by: Alice Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Air Date 10/11/1975 -- Pictured: Host George Carlin during the monologue on October 11, 1975 -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 08: Comedian George Carlin attends 'An Evening with George Carlin' at the Paley Center on May 8, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption ***
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 23: Flowers sit on George Carlin's star at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame June 23, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 13: (L-R) Comedians George Carlin, David Brenner, Tai Babilonia, and The Aristocrats director and comedian Paul Provenza pose for cameras at the screening of The Aristrocrats during Cinevegas 2005, at the Palms Casino on June 13, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Bryan Haraway/Getty Images)
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After three years and plenty of bickering, a compromise was finally made. George Carlin Way took up residence at W. 121st St. between Amsterdam and Morningside Drive, a block away from its original proposed location at 121st St between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

"This city loved my father so how could they ultimately say no," said Kelly Carlin, the comic's daughter. "I mean if they would've said no they would've looked like schmucks. I knew it would happen eventually." Carlin's wife, Sally Wade, was very emotional at the unveiling ceremony.

Wednesday's ceremony for the re-naming brought out the funny with some notable faces like Gilbert Godfrey and Judah Friedlander. It also managed to deliver a few good one-liners.

"Here is George whose name is going on Amsterdam Avenue which is very fitting," brother Patrick Carlin said to a crowd of supporters. "And the church had a good workout of umbrage, ya' know to let us know they're still breathing."

New York City councilman Mark Levine, who helped shepherd the proposal for the street renaming, also got into the Carlin spirit revealing the 7 dirty words that you can't say in politics.

"Truth, truth, truth, truth, truth, truth and mother [expletive]," quipped the councilman.

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