NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - New street signs have been installed along the recently renamed Paul Robeson Boulevard, previously known as Commercial Avenue.

Residents, business owners and leaders of houses of worship on the street are encouraged to begin the process of changing their addresses. 

As of June 1, they will have up to 18 months to inform all agencies and businesses that the address on file and let them know of the change.

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All addresses on the street will see a change in the street name, but the numerical part of the address will stay the same. For example, 1 Commercial Ave. will now be 1 Paul Robeson Blvd.

To change an address, residents may visit any U.S. Post Office location and request a copy of PS Form 3575.

New Brunswick has two Post Office locations, at 86 Bayard St. and 333 Handy St. The Postal Service also has an online form for residents to utilize for address changes. It is available at

Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was widely considered to be a man ahead of his time and lived an accomplished life rich in culture, politics, education and activism.

He was the third African-American student to enroll at Rutgers University, and while there, was a star pupil and athlete that graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1919. In the years that followed, Robeson went on to achieve great fame in music, acting and culture and was a champion for social justice and a respected figure in contemporary American history.