Workers at the Taystee
Bakery in Flushing were
beginning a fight to save their jobs – all 510 of them. Backed by a
coalition of community and labor groups, the soon-to-be-unemployed
workers were calling for a boycott of Taystee products as a last resort
if company officials were to go ahead with plans to close the
On a snowy night in March, USAir Flight 405, bound for
Cleveland from LaGuardia, crashed on take-off and burned when a gas tank
ruptured on impact.
The Dutch-built Fokker F28-4000 was carrying 47
passengers and a crew of four. The fiery crash killed 27 and injured 24.
According to authorities, the jet was at the correct speed, with flaps
properly adjusted for take-off, (and was briefly airborne) when the left
wing dipped and hit the ground twice.
The jet cartwheeled over a 14-foot-high beam
and landed upside down in four feet of water in Flushing Bay.
April saw the New
York Presidential Primary.
Congressman Tom Manton, Democratic Party County
Leader, had gambled in January by picking Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton; now it was
up to him to prove that he could deliver the votes.
Clinton was close to winning the nomination,
and a win in New York could virtually seal his ultimate victory. A poll
conducted by Tribune parent company News Communications found 67 percent
of people would vote for “a Presidential candidate who admitted to
Clinton got 45 percent of the borough’s vote,
with former Senator Paul Tsongas
a surprising second with 30 percent, and former California Governor
Jerry Brown third with 22 percent.
Tsongas had suspended his campaign the month
before, but his name remained on the ballot. The 19,000-vote margin
Clinton received in Queens was two-thirds of his city-side margin.
Manton gambled, Manton won.…
In an emotional news conference at St. John’s
University, Lou Carnesecca, 67, announced his retirement as head coach of the basketball team,
effective immediately. The Jamaica resident coached the team for 24
years, but his court style, enhanced by unforgettable sweaters, his
ability to consistently make a team more than the sum of its players,
and his quoteability, made him one of the most recognizable figures on
the New York scene, and a name synonymous with basketball in America….
In February, a group of separatist officials
met to discuss how the borough could break away and become its won city.
The Queens United Envisioning Secession Tomorrow (QUEST)
was formed to steer the secessionist movement.
The City of Queens proposal was in response to “the historic
domination of the so-called ‘outer boroughs’ by Manhattan money
State Senator Serphin Maltese introduced the
separation legislation on Feb. 4, which would bring into existence the
fourth largest city in the country.
QUEST member State Senators Serphin Maltese
told the Trib, “We in the outer borough’s are second class
citizens when it comes to city services.
They have taken our fire houses, our police protection, our
sanitation services our parks and our library services.”
He added, “Although the East River separates Queens from
Manhattan geographically, in terms of lifestyles and needs we are worlds
to Adventurer’s Inn.
In May, in the wake of an incredible verdict in
the Rodney King case that spurred so much urban violence across the entire country, Mayor
Dinkins moved City Hall to Queens for a week, as he had promised months
before. His warm reception in Queens was in marked contrast to his
reception in Brooklyn and the Bronx….
Alexander’s, a fixture in New
York retailing for 64 years, closed the doors of its 11 metropolitan
stores for the last time and declared bankruptcy. More than 5,000 people
lost jobs as a result. Alexander’s operated two stores in Queens, on
Queens Boulevard in Rego Park and on Main Street in Flushing….
In June, the Queens Tribune celebrated
its 22nd anniversary with a record 116-page issue that proclaimed Queens
County as the epitome of the classic Melting Pot, with over 100
nationalities calling this borough home, and filling its streets with
the aromas, sounds and sights of the “old country,” wherever the old
country may be….
In September, it was a great primary for
incumbents in Queens County. All incumbents won, with the exceptions of
Congressman Steven Solarz, who was running in the 12th C.D.
In November, plans for a $280 million New York Times
printing plant in College Point were announced. The 360,000-square-foot
plant would generate an estimated 600 jobs.
In the move, The Times received: $6.1
million of property-tax breaks, a $4.8 million exemption on the sale of
construction material; $13.3 million worth of free electricity from the
New York Power Authority. In
return, the city received about $115 million in tax revenue, according
to city officials....