which was already booked solid with its regular tenants, the New York
Mets and the New York Jets, was also the home of the New
York Yankees during the prior and coming season, while Yankee
Stadium underwent a complete renovation. Mayor Abraham Beame
announced in January that Shea would also be the home for the New
York Giants in the fall because that team would also be displaced
during its Bronx ballpark’s massive renovations....
Eastern Queens residents made the front
page of the Tribune on Jan. 10 when they picketed a Democratic
in the hopes of stopping a series
of OTBs from opening.
for the establishment of a Queens medical school seemed to
improve with a proposal by the city Board of Higher Education and Long
Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center for a jointly operated
residents opposed to the opening of more OTB parlors in Bayside,
Bellerose, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Howard Beach, Laurelton,
Queens Village and Richmond Hill picketed a Democratic dinner attended
by the mayor and OTB Chairman Paul Screvane at Antun’s in Queens
Village. Opposition to additional storefronts was intensifying
throughout the borough....
Tribune reported in January that the city had agreed to give the
go-ahead to begin construction in March on the Flushing bus terminal....
crisis developed between the staff and the board of directors of the
fledgling Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Fearing
that a dispute between museum Director Kenneth Kahn and the board
– which Kahn claimed was interfering in the work of the director, who
they claimed was failing to establish professional guidelines – could
shut down the museum, a group called Friends of the Museum urged Donald
Manes to step in and mediate the dispute....
Tribune marked its fifth anniversary in February with another of
its souvenir bicentennial editions. John Warner, head of
the National Bicentennial Administration (who later became a U.S.
senator from Virginia), unveiled the special issue in a ceremony at
Federal Hall in Manhattan, the site of George Washington’s first
inauguration as president. The National Newspaper Association gave the Tribune
a special award for third place in the entire nation for bicentennial
coverage. President Gerald Ford presented the award in
Washington, D.C. in March.....
was appointed secretary of state by Governor Hugh Carey....
A five year battle over Bayside Hills
vigils in honor of Veronica Leuken, exploded in March, with a street
confrontation between residents, followers and police.
New York’s master builder, wrote a full-page exclusive column for the Tribune
on his concerns about the upcoming celebrations of the nation’s
bicentennial in 1976....
board of trustees of the Queens Museum fired its executive director for
going to the press over his concerns about the museum’s direction. The
director of the Queens Council on the Arts, Wallace West,
resigned from the museum board in protest. He was the second director of
the museum to be fired in the museum’s short lifetime....
Bruce Morrow of rock ‘n’ roll radio fame began a regular music column for the Tribune
and visited the Tribune’s offices to kick it off....
local weather column was started by a Queens teacher, Irving Gikovsky,
who later went on to fame as television weatherman “Mr. G.”...
five-year-old dispute between residents of Bayside Hills and the
religious followers of Veronica Leuken of Bayside erupted in
March into a street confrontation between the two groups and the police,
after the arrest of a prominent area community leader, William
A historic headline blazed across the Trib’s
Fourth of July bicentennial issue, reminding Queens residents of their
Queens District Attorney Thomas J. Mackell was cleared of all
charges for which he had been found guilty the year before. The State
Appellate Division, in reversing the convictions of Mackell and his two
aides, said that the indictments against the three were “wholly
unsupported by the evidence.”...
hundred angry civic leaders jammed into the Queens Playhouse at Flushing
Meadows in a protest rally opposing the possible use of JFK Airport
for take-offs and landings of the supersonic Concorde jetliner – also
known as the SST...The Tribune published a four-page
special report on the controversy surrounding the so-called “Veronica
Vigils” in Bayside Hills. Violence broke out during a huge
vigil when local residents staged a block party along the same malls
that the worshippers were using. The Diocese of Brooklyn
denounced the vigils as “the product of a fertile imagination” and
the Queens DA was asked to investigate the situation....
the three sides in the Veronica Vigils controversy still at
loggerheads, the Tribune was enlisted as a go-between for the
residents of Bayside Hills, the followers of Veronica Leuken and the
police to resolve the situation. A compromise was proposed, whereby the
vigils would be moved to a quiet location in Flushing Meadows-Corona
Park, where followers would be permitted to worship. By the end of May,
Leuken said she had received “instructions” to move the vigils to
the former site of the Vatican Pavilion in the park. For the first time
in months, a peaceful vigil was held and the streets of Bayside Hills
were quiet again....
President Nelson Rockefeller came to Queens to speak before the
county’s Republican Committee at a dinner at Antun’s restaurant. Tribune
photographer Joe Ullman photographed the event, marking his
1,000th assignment for the paper. Ullman, a veteran New York
photojournalist, took his first Tribune assignment as a volunteer
in 1970, when the paper started. His first assignment – the dedication
of Flushing’s new 109th Precinct by then-Consumer Affairs
Commissioner Bess Myersohn – would lead him to take on numerous
jobs, each requiring a number of photographs. Publisher Gary Ackerman
presented Ullman with a plaque to mark his unique achievement for the
108th Street Forest Hills project, which had caused so much news
and furor during the past two years, quietly opened its doors in late
June. The first occupants moved into the project adjacent to the Long
Island Expressway without pomp or ceremony....
Boulevard was turned into a grisly scene of charred bodies, twisted wreckage and
makeshift morgues after an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 jetliner
carrying 115 passengers and a crew of eight crashed and burned in an
attempted landing at JFK during an electrical storm. Fourteen survived
what was the worst single plane disaster in the New York area, and was
only one short of the toll of the worst single-plane crash in U.S.
battle of Willow Lake brewed up again in September when it was
learned that the Lefrak hi-rise project over the IND rail yards in Kew
Gardens might not be a dead issue, as community leaders had been led to
believe. The MTA was quietly working to sell the air rights to Lefrak.
City Councilman Morton Povman vowed to stop the plan...Thousands
rallied in the streets of Fresh Meadows to urge the police department to
keep the 107th Precinct from being eliminated....
the end of October, the Flushing bus terminal was again killed by
the city....The huge stained glass roof which covered the New York
State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows was demolished by the city
because it posed a safety hazard. Local park groups said the destruction
of the roof damaged the terrazzo map of New York State on the
pavilion’s floor and that the structure faced further destruction.