ongoing Tribune series on the deteriorating conditions in the
Carlton Gardens apartment complex in Flushing got promises of corrective
action from the landlord....
Borough President Donald Manes declared his candidacy for
governor of the State of New York at a packed announcement press
conference in Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hotel in April....
Drivers on the Whitestone Expressway
were shocked when a private plane fell out of the sky and crashed after
a utility pole. It made the Trib’s
Sept. 13 front page.
Law Day ceremonies of the Queens County Bar Association in May, a model
was unveiled for a new Civil Court Building and municipal parking
garage, to be erected at a cost of $20 million on Sutphin Boulevard
between 89th and 90th Avenues. It would house the Surrogate’s, Civil
and Small Claims courts, and also the County Clerk’s office.
Completion of the new court – to replace the site of the Motor Vehicle
Bureau – was expected in the spring of 1978...Donald Manes
called on the legislature to approve plans for a Queens County
Tribune reported that one of the borough’s most fragile but
beautiful landmarks – the 130-year-old Weeping Beech tree in
Flushing – was in danger of dying because of a lack of fencing to
protect the tree from abuse and from a lack of proper feeding and care.
When by late May the tree had failed to spread forth its lush foliage,
fear was being expressed for the tree’s life...The long-awaited
announcement of the re-opening of the Queens Playhouse came when
Mayor Abraham Beame was presented with the first tickets to the
theater’s new season. The theater would open in June and continue with
four productions during the summer and fall....
short of a year after the grand re-opening and dedication of the Louis
Armstrong Stadium at Flushing Meadows, the city announced that it
was closing the stadium because of “structural deficiencies”....
Abraham Beame came to Flushing and joined Tribune
publisher Gary Ackerman in unveiling the first edition of the Tribune’s
bicentennial souvenir editions, which were distributed before the 4th of
July throughout Queens. The issues contained stories about Queens during
the Revolution, the history of the borough and its landmarks and
coverage of local bicentennial-related observances....
bill allocating funds for a Queens medical school was vetoed by
Governor Malcolm Wilson in June. Donald Manes said that the bill
was the result of some 20 years of effort by county residents...A
private plane headed towards Flushing Airport crashed into a utility
pole and landed on the Whitestone Expressway, leaving the pilot, Larry
Jones of Jamaica, injured….
Board of Estimate gave its final OK to the long-awaited Flushing bus
terminal. Manes called it a “tremendous boon to one of
Queens’ prime business areas.”...A Queens judge reserved decision on
whether to send the Austin Street municipal garage dispute back
to the city’s site selection board.…
Firehouse closings were an issue back on
Dec. 6, when the Trib reported the proposed closing of Engine
Company 272 in Flushing.
June, the Triboro Theater in Astoria was slated for demolition,
but a community drive to save the theater and use it as a community
cultural center got a boost when the City Landmarks Preservation
Commission voted to grant official landmark status to the theater on
nail was driven into the coffin of the Jamaica Avenue “el”
with a $5.5 million federal appropriation to tear down the elevated line
and build a new subway along Archer Avenue.…
Tribune, as part of an advertising campaign by a Queens camera
store, sponsored the “Tribune Beautiful Baby Contest.”...A
wave of protest greeted the city’s decision to close Engine Company
272 in Flushing.
was sworn into office for his second term in January. Sanford
Garelick, former president of the City Council, praised Manes for
his “leadership” qualities and good “character.”...The city went
into court to begin condemnation proceedings against the land occupied
by a Forest Hills gas station and auto body shop, in order to
build the long-sought-after municipal parking garage. The site at Austin
Street and 70th Road was considered the best location in order to
relieve the situation that had infuriated motorists and merchants in
Forest Hills for years....
of the Forest Hills Residents Association blasted the plan for the Alexander’s
Mall in Rego Park before a crowded public hearing on the proposal.
He said two members of the community board had been compromised because
they had been treated to dinner by the development firm that was
planning the mall....
On Feb. 25, the Tribune ran an
exclusive investigative piece on the Flushing Queens Medical
hundred people showed up at a hearing in Queens College’s Colden
Auditorium to express their opposition to the proposed 4,500-unit
apartment complex to be built over the Kew Gardens railyards. The
audience, overwhelmingly opposed to the project, heckled the Lefrak
spokesperson to the point that he left the meeting without finishing his
a result of an exposé by the Tribune, a Flushing family had its
February Con Ed bill reduced by $376 and was to receive another
rebate of $139 from Con Edison. The family had its electricity cut off
after questioning the validity of preposterously high bills. The
problem, which took seven months to build up, was resolved within four
hours of the article’s publication. Con Ed Chairman Charles Luce
called Trib publisher Gary Ackerman and assured him that
the situation would be cleared up.…
Tribune’s ongoing investigation into the Flushing-Queens
Medical Association, operators of a methadone clinic on Roosevelt
Avenue, continued with a report that the quality of the psychiatric care
at the center was virtually nil and fraudulent. The story revealed that
one “psychiatrist” was actually a pediatrician, that the other
doctor’s credentials were suspect and that the two were illegally
conducting therapy sessions a few times a week. In March, Tribune
Managing Editor Jeff Tarlo paid a surprise visit to the methadone
clinic, where he found filthy conditions and non-cooperation from
workers. The Tribune asked the Queens DA’s office to launch an
investigation into the clinic....
toured the site of the heavily vandalized U.S. Pavilion at
Flushing Meadows, showing the destruction to the interior of the
structure that once housed actual copies of the Bill of Rights, the
Emancipation Proclamation and other historic documents. President John
F. Kennedy had broken ground for the pavilion in 1962 and President
Lyndon Johnson opened the $14 million structure at the dedication of
the 1964 World’s Fair....
Leonard Stavisky charged that the builders and promoters of the
partially built Village Mall apartment tower in Bayside had
planned the complex with “misrepresentations and avoidance of the
law.” Stavisky said that promotional literature provides false
information about the number of stories to the structure and “factual
errors, distortions and misrepresentations to promote a private bonanza
at the expense of the public.”...
years after the Tribune first exposed the slum-like conditions on
Flushing’s 137th Street, Community Board 7 came to the aid of
the inhabitants of the private homes who were plagued with substandard