Mayor Rudy Giuliani delivered on
a campaign promise, and reopened Engine Co. 294 in Richmond Hill. The
Jamaica Avenue firehouse was shut by the Dinkins administration in
January of 1991, despite the pleas and protests of local residents and
Patrick Bannon was sent to a
maximum-security prison upstate for at least 30 years by Supreme Court
Justice Robert Hanophy. Describing the Elmhurst resident as a
“thug,” Hanophy sentenced Bannon to 25 years to life for the murder
of Housing Police Officer Paul Heidelberger and five to 15 years –
consecutive – for Bannon’s manslaughter conviction in the July 1992
death of Flushing resident John Camarda (see page 87)….
Queens teenager Dale
Ramphal was acquitted in the
December 1992 murder of 16-year-old Ryan Dionne in the much-publicized
“Maze” murder case….
The Tribune spotlighted motorists’ ire
installed by the City at red lights, designed to catch drivers who
ignore the traffic signals….
Queens Congressman Tom Manton really didn’t
need to plan on “wearin’ green” when he prepared to strut down
Fifth Avenue as the Grand Marshal of the 133rd St. Patrick’s Day parade….
Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin
passed away on Feb. 11. His son Mark Weprin, ran to fill the vacated
Mike Abel was elected in March to
lead Republicans in the City Council, sweeping past Middle Village
Councilman Tom Ognibene.…
March 13 marked the 30th anniversary of the
brutal stabbing death of Kitty Genovese
– a case scarred by the failure of eyewitnesses who saw the attack and
did nothing to help. The Forest Hills murder has become one of the most
significant single-person murders in history, thanks to witnesses who
“didn’t want to get involved.”….
Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn fought
for AIDS babies in 1994.
A March Tribune feature focused on a $10
million “slush” fund administered and held by trutees of the Queens Borough Public Library….
A 63-year-old Blue
Atlas Cedar tree died in
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It was killed, City parks officials said,
by poor handling when tree movers hired by the U.S. Tennis Association
uprooted the tree to make room for expansion of the U.S. Tennis Center.
At a funeral for the tree, City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern pointed a
finger at USTA officials, and promised an “inquest” to verify the
cause of the tree’s death. The tree was a gift from the Emperor of
Japan, planted in 1964….
Police at the 107th
Precinct packed their gear and
moved into a brand new stationhouse in April. The $10.5 million
stationhouse was the first new police precinct constructed in Queens
The Queens Tribune,
along with News Communications’ other
publications, became the first New York City newspapers to be printed on
100 percent recycled paper. NCI President Michael Schenkler challenged
other city newspapers to follow suit….
Astoria native and New York City Police Officer Sean McDonald was shot to death when he walked into a robbery in progress at a Bronx
bodega. McDonald, who was married and the father of two small children,
was shot point-blank when he interrupted the holdup in a store on his
beat in the 40th Precinct….
Carjacking became a constant fear
in Eastern Queens in April, after the “Silver gun carjacker” pulled
off more than eight gunpoint attacks in Bayside, Flushing and
Queens College President Shirley Strum Kenny stepped down from her nine-year stint as head of one of the borough’s
leading academic institutions.... School Board 24 member Frank
Borzellieri raised more than eyebrows when he called for the removal of
books which he dubbed “Anti-American”
from City schools….
City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern and Queens
borough President Claire Shulman turned on spectators at Flushing
Meadows-Corona Park on the last day of May, dedicating the renovated
“core area” of 28 acres surrounding the Unisphere.
Newly renovated fountains were turned on as spectacular symbol of world
Two Elmhurst cops turned the table on operators
of several brothels, when they pretended to be on the table, and promised to leave the
brothels alone in exchange for bribes. The operators bought the cops’
story and paid a total of
$7,500 in bribes to Police Officers Thomas Lacetera and Michael Zirpoli
before police closed in on the men, and the brothels. Cops arrested 20
men, and closed six brothels as a result of the sting….
Queensites mourned the fate of the Ederle Amphitheatre - the
Aquacade at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The once-grand, but now
crumbling amphitheater was doomed….
Protestors wagged their placards at patrons,
employees and management of “Wiggles”, the topless bar industry’s newest addition to the Queens landscape….
Captain Joellen Kunkel became the
first ever female commanding officer of a Queens precinct in August.
Kunkel spiced up policing at the 104th Precinct and in the communities
of Maspeth, Glendale and Ridgewood….
It was official: Queens was chosen by the I
Love New York State committee to host the “I Love New
York” campaign in 1995 – and
it was about time. The City’s friendliest borough would be the focus
of a festival slated to run from Sept. 5 through Nov. 4, 1995 at
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park….
Municipal shovels dug deep into the heart of
the Long Island City waterfront, breaking ground for the massive Queens West project, and a judge
in Manhattan Federal Court decided that trash could be art, ordering the
owner of the former Macy’s warehouse in Long Island City to keep hands
off a bizarre art exhibit
in the building’s lobby….
The City announced plans to evict women from
the Flushing Armory Shelter, only to replace them with men….
Subway officials broke ground at a ceremony
kicking off the long-awaited start of construction on a connection that wold link the
63rd Street “Q” line (the infamous Tunnel To Nowhere) with the
Queens Boulevard line. The cost? Approximately $645 million – and the
digging was expected to continue through the year 2002….
Giuliani announced that he was backing
incumbent Governor Mario Cuomo
in Cuomo’s bid for a fourth term in office….
After weeks of emotional testimony before Board
of Education officials, Queens parents held their breath, waiting for a
final decision on a revised school redistricting plan….
A Tribune feature exposed the underside
of the “Queens Festival and announced the possible demise of the
weekend-long borough bash….
Governor Mario Cuomo was out
George Pataki was in and New Yorkers prepared to witness the swearing-in
of the first Republican Governor in the state since Nelson Rockefeller
brought his billions to the statehouse in the late 1950s….
Queens politicians and residents balked at a
proposal by Fire Commissioner William Safir to remove fire boxes throughout the City,
as the Queens Museum opened its newly renovated doors to Queensites at
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, featuring an upscale and updated Panorama
of the City of New York….