In January the
reported on community protests over a $3 million plan to develop
playgrounds, ball fields and bicycle paths in Kissena Corridor
Park...The Tribune revealed exclusively that E. J. Korvettes department
store would be erected on the former site of St. Joseph’s Convent in
Flushing. A nearby synagogue and a church opposed the plan on the
grounds that the project would bring congestion to the area...The
Queens Chamber of Commerce president predicted that Queens
would be number one in the registration of 18- to 20-year-olds to vote
now that the voting age had been lowered from 21. In the 1970 November
election, Queens was the number one county out of the state’s 62 in
casting votes...A fire at the Sanford Hotel leaves two people
Trib front page turned into a
forum for debate on March 22, when the
paper and a local rabbi
went nose to nose over a recent article.
An actual moon rock from the 1969 Apollo moon landing went
on display at the Hall of Science...Protesters marched along the
banks of the polluted Flushing River, calling for a massive
clean-up of the once-beautiful water-way...Councilman Donald Manes introduced
legislation to bar the U.S. from developing the SST (Super Sonic
Transport) airplane and to prevent any from landing at New York
airports...Local civic groups protest the possible expansion of Queens
A massive protest was held by civic groups against a plan
to construct an institution called Mid-Queens High School inside
of Powell’s Cove. Protestors cited the environmental importance of the
Cove, and urged the Planning Board to vote against it….
The Tribune in March presented a major debate
between a high official of the Soviet Union and prominent Jewish
leaders in Queens over the Soviet’s claim that it did not hinder the
immigration of Russian Jews....In the next issue of the Tribune,
however, a Flushing rabbi, the spiritual leader of Temple Gates of
Prayer, denounced the Tribune at public meetings and wrote to the
paper his outrage that the Tribune would even print the Soviet
official’s position. The rabbi wrote to local advertisers to pull
their ads from the paper. In a front-page war of words, the rabbi’s
letter ran alongside a response from publisher Gary Ackerman that
began, “Upon receiving your letter, I immediately called your office
to determine if you had actually written it, or if some crank using your
stationery had sent it in.”...
The 109th Precinct in Flushing kicked off “Operation
Neighborhood” to deal with an upsurge of crime…School District
25 was awarded $676,000 from the State for a drug prevention
program…Pope Paul IV visited members of the Flushing
Meadows-Corona Park World’s Fair Association at the former site
of the Vatican Pavilion…Local artist Seymour Rosenthal has his
artwork displayed in a nationwide television show called
“Directions,” which aired on ABC….
The Queens congressional delegation, including Benjamin
Rosenthal, Joseph Addabbo and Seymour Halpern, joined to coordinate
community opposition to the war in Southeast Asia.…
The Democratic Party made its candidate selections in
September choosing Donald Manes as its candidate for Borough President.
The story was on the Trib’s Sept. 20 front page, starting a long tradition of
top political coverage.
In April, the Tribune revealed that School Board 25
in Flushing was planning to vote to remove a book, “Down These
Mean Streets,” from all libraries in the district...In the same
issue, the Tribune speculated that Borough President Leviss would
soon step down for a State Supreme Court seat and that Councilman
Donald Manes was a likely choice as his replacement…The Tribune
editorialized on the State’s granting of $696,000 to School District
25 for drug prevention programs – funding the paper called a
“hoax.” According to the editorial, after the funds were announced,
the Governor signed a bill passed by the legislature that ended all
“in-kind” funds, like the funds granted to District 25. Since the
programs were not yet funded at the time the legislation passed, the
program was null, and the schools had been “torpedoed.”….
The Tribune ran a story entitled, “Manes Next
Beep?” that pondered whether Councilman Donald Manes would succeed
Harold Leviss as Queens Borough President….
The School Board 25 meeting to vote on banning Piri
Thomas’ book, “Down These Mean Streets,” turned raucous
when a school board member in favor of the ban read sections of the book
containing explicit language. Despite an appearance by the author
himself, and the opposition of all local elected officials, the board
voted to ban the book….
In May, the Tribune moved its offices to a
more spacious storefront at 46-25 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing. Within a
year it would expand to another storefront next door, which it shared
with its new printing and typesetting arm, Multi-Media, Inc....Mayor
John Lindsay announced plans for rapid development of the 460-acre,
$400 million College Point Industrial Park....Congressman Benjamin
Rosenthal called on Mayor John Lindsay to close down Flushing Airport,
calling it “a threat to the safety of persons living nearby and a
potentially dangerous source of increased air traffic in our already
A proposed nuclear reactor in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
had local residents in an uproar, and the Tribune
breaking news on Dec. 1.
reporter Alan Gershuny did a profile on “Storefront
Sister” Mary Patricia Ewens, who dedicated her life to helping
drug users rehabilitate at the College Point Community Storefront….
Local residents formed a “Save Our Schools
Committee” to protest the Board of Education’s re-zoning plan
for high schools. The plan was put into effect to accommodate Hillcrest
High School – a new institution – and would have forced many
students to bus to school. The group took the Board of Education to
court over the matter….
Queens County Democratic Leader Matthew Troy surprised
political pundits when the conservative politician endorsed George
McGovern, the most liberal candidate in the race for the Democratic
nomination for president of the United States. Troy took McGovern on a
tour of downtown Flushing in August....
Prominent Queens attorney Harold Strauss was sworn
in as the 24th president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, succeeding
seven-term President Louis Laurino, who was appointed a Court of
In late September, City Councilman Donald Manes was
selected as the new borough president and the Tribune announced
that it was changing its name to the Queens Tribune,
saying that “The second-largest county in New York State and the sixth
largest in the nation needs its own paper.”...
By the end of the year, the Tribune had started the
first of its regional editions in Forest Hills….
The Tribune’s headline screamed: “Protests Mushroom Over
Nuclear Reactor.” As part of a renovation and expansion of the Hall
of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, an actual training
nuclear reactor was planned. Some local officials and civic groups
protested the plan, saying it posed a potential mortal danger to the