New Year’s Day, Edward I. Koch
was installed as the city’s new mayor. His first stop after his
inaugural ceremony at City Hall was at P.S.
1 in Long Island City for a Queens reception that was open to the
public – one of five stops in each of the boroughs of New York
The Tribune was the first paper
to sit down and interview
new Mayor Ed Koch.
January, the Tribune profiled the amazing rebirth of the old Paramount-Astoria Studios. Director Sidney Lumet took over the huge refurbished sound stage to film his
multimillion dollar production of “The Wiz,” starring Diana Ross and
Michael Jackson. Scenes for that film were also shot at the old New
York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park....
Tribune became the first newspaper in the city to obtain a full
one-on-one interview with the new mayor. Ed
Koch sat down with Tribune editors and reporters for an
extensive question-and-answer session in his still bare office at City
Hall on his fourth day in office. Some of the questions were supplied by
Tribune report on a rash of bank
robberies throughout Queens showed photos taken during actual
robberies. A sidebar to the article entitled “Wave of the Future?”
showed an amazing new concept in banking that would soon be seen in
Queens: automated teller machines....
Paramount-Astoria studios had a rebirth
in Queens when Director Sidney Lumet decided to film “The Wiz” in
slides and pot holes became a major problem after a severe snowstorm in January....At the beginning of February, the second
hit the metropolitan area. It began on a Sunday night, and by
mid-Monday, the storm had reached blizzard proportions. Recalling the
famous blizzard of 1888, the storm of 1978 shut down most of the city
– with mass transmit, both buses and subways, halted and schools
closed for most of the week. Most offices and stores were closed through
Thursday. And, for the first time in the paper’s eight years of
publishing, the Tribune was unable to print because access to the
printing plant in Long Island City was blocked by snow. The issue came
out three days later than usual. But Mayor Ed
Koch got high marks from borough residents, who remembered Mayor
John Lindsay’s disastrous handling of Queens’ snow removal during a
1969 blizzard. Despite the severity of the storm, sanitation workers
were seen around the borough, around the clock, attempting to remove the
ripped through a Flushing nursery school in February…A mountain
of snow grew in Kissena Park –
thanks to City and private trucks who dumped on the park while trying to
clear the streets….
The Jan. 25 front page documented a
series of robberies throughout Queens.
The Tribune reported that an
“Angel of Mercy” was walking
around the corridors of Elmhurst Hospital and quietly putting elderly
women patients to sleep. The patients were all clinging to the last
hours of their lives, the Tribune reported….
rink opened at the former
World’s Fair Post Office Building in Flushing Meadows-Corona
Park…The Tribune exposed that Queens College
and York College had not
been funded as well as City schools in other boroughs….
Irving Anker staged a bloodless
coup and suspended School Board 26 in April after members refused to
give him the racial makeup of the Board. The Board members said the
request was unconstitutional, and was similar to what the Nazis did.
Anker reinstated the Board the following week….
Several scenes for the film
Wiz” were shot in the old
New York State Pavilion in
by Liz Goff
Civic associations protested delays in the
reconstruction of the Queensborough Hill branch
of the Queens Borough Public Library…
Flushing Airport, the city’s
only general aviation airfield, reopened in October, 14 months after
Mayor Abe Beam shut it down.
Gary Ackerman stepped down as Tribune publisher and was sworn in as State