Please sign this petition to rename the Williamsburg Bridge as the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge.
If you're unfamiliar with the story about the jazz master's history with the bridge, here's just a little background:
(From The Paris Review) This is the story of Sonny Rollins’s secret tenure on the bridge, where the tenor player loved to practice, hiding in plain sight: “In 1961, a story by Ralph Berton appeared in Metronome, a trade magazine … Berton had come across Rollins playing atop the Williamsburg Bridge, which crosses the East River and connects North Brooklyn to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He filed a short dispatch about the encounter. In an effort to keep Rollins’s practice space private, Berton changed the location to the Brooklyn Bridge, and gave Rollins the sobriquet ‘Buster Jones’ … Almost every day between the summer of 1959 and the end of 1961, Rollins—who was born in Harlem, and at the time lived in an apartment at 400 Grand Street, just a few blocks from the entrance to the bridge—walked out and stationed himself adjacent to the subway tracks, playing as cars full of commuters rattled past.”
This inspirational story should be told to musicians throughout the world, and for all time. If you are unfamiliar with The Official Sonny Rollins Page, a good place to begin is his '57 album "WAY OUT WEST" with Ray Brown and Shelly Manne.