Orbach is perhaps best-known for his protrayal of Det. Lennie Briscoe on the NBC police procedural "Law & Order" but the three-time Tony nominee also originated the roles of El Gallo in "The Fantasticks" and Billy Flynn in "Chicago" on stage.
"I see streets named after people who've given to the city all over," said Orbach's wife, Elaine. "God knows Jerry gave to the city in all ways."
Elaine and Jerry Orbach lived in a high-rise across the street from the newly named portion of 53rd Street at Eighth Avenue, the New York Post said Tuesday.