It's official. Mayor Bloomberg has signed into effect a controversial street renaming that will honor an unarmed man who was gunned down by police in a barrage of 50 bullets on the day of his wedding.

A three-block stretch of Liverpool Street in Jamaica will be renamed "Sean Bell Way" in honor of the 23-year-old who was killed in 2006 as he left a strip club with his friends. Opponents of the renaming said it was anti-police and honored a man who had driven his car at undercover detectives, while supporters said it memorialized an important moment in the city's history. The street renaming was approved in City Council by a vote of 41-7 (with two abstentions).

Bloomberg had promised to sign the bill — which also included 69 far less sensational other renamings — so as not to "inflame the situation." He apparently only mentioned Sean Bell's name while reading out the new street monikers, though he greeted Bell's family and posed for photos with them, according to the Daily News. "I think the mayor signing this bill just shows the city is acknowledging what happened to Sean," his wife Nicole Paultre Bell told the Post. "This is about a life that was taken innocently and before his time on our wedding day."